|Review: Benediction - Killing Music|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Stalwarts of the 90's British Death Metal scene, Benediction returned earlier this year to drop the album they needed to drop to once again re-establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Killing Music is their first album since 2001's Organised Chaos (and their second with vocalist Dave Hunt — who has been a very busy man with Anaal Nathrakh and Mistress in the years between).
For those unaware, Benediction play old school Death Metal the way it's meant to be played, simplistic and to the point — no flashy technicality or over the top brutality, just good old meat and potatoes Death Metal. The band have always had similarities to fellow Brits Bolt Thrower throughout their history, with a bevy of good quality albums (and the odd duffer, naturally). So, after much time away, they've stepped up to the plate to get back to doing what they've always done best, and with it, they've made one of the better albums of their career. Getting the out of character intro track out of the way (which would be more befitting to a symphonic Black Metal band to be honest), Benediction take no time in setting out their death stall (dripping with unspeakable substances and maggots, of course). Whilst there are a couple of stand out tracks (opener "The Grey Man" and "They Must Die Screaming" come to mind in particular), the album as a whole is pretty solid, and although there are no massive shocks or surprises, I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Fans who only listen to newer, technical Death Metal will probably find this as boring as fuck, but those who appreciate the earlier works of the genre and the deeper roots of Death Metal will more than likely lap this up fervently.
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