|Review: Benedictum - Uncreation|
Label: Locomotive Music
Year released: 2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 17, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Well here's a cool surprise. Benedictum are a US band from the SoCal area of all places (historically hotbeds of glam and other crap) but they can join Morgion and Dark Haven among the fine bands from this part of the country. Benedictum are old-school, and they play kickass heavy metal that will apply its boot to your face.
Benedictum are obviously big Sabbath fans, as they do not one but two BS covers on this disc, but they do them so well, and they suit the band's style so well, that if you didn't know the tunes already you'd never guess. This band is heavy as hell and rips out some great riffs backed up by the powerhouse vocals of Veronica Freeman. Yes, a chick, but aside from her having a great rack I don't see that having much to do with the band – she's just a great singer of the rough-and-ready school (think White Skull). If nobody told you it was a chick, you'd never guess. She powers it out with grit and style to spare on the title cut and other standouts like "Wicca" and "Valkyrie Rising". Some of the songs are not as good, and tunes like "#4", and "Ashes To Ashes" don't really stick after they're over. Benedictum tend to write songs that sound kind of alike, so they don't have as much identity as they should. But it all rips while it's on.
All in all Benedictum have cranked out a solid debut that is sure to get them talked about, as it shows enormous potential. If this band can keep it together and learn to vary their songwriting just a bit, then they will be a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye on this band, you will hear about them again.
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