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Benighted - Identisick

Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by Rodrigo, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Rodrigo

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    Benighted - Identisick
    Adiopocere Records – AR 0106 – February 15, 2006
    By Rodrigo Escandon

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    Are you one of those people that have been praising the many merits of the new Decapitated or Psycroptic albums? Well, if you think those bands put out amazing albums then Benighted is going to knock your socks off with Identisick! I will even go so far in saying that this is my favorite death metal album since The Sound of Perseverance. For those keeping tabs, that album came out in 1998 so I really mean it when I say that Benighted have released a classic.

    Benighted hail from France and their style is a hybrid of both technical and brutal death metal. They are not overly technical like Necrophagist but they don’t fit the Cannibal Corpse mold either. Benighted takes the strengths out of each of these two styles of death metal and have crafted music that is pummeling, melodic and challenging. See, this combination gives the music plenty of groove without losing any brutality and it is able to keep you guessing on what will come next. Even the singing is extremely varied as well. Throughout Identisick you will hear high-pitch screams, grindcore-type snarls and low guttural growls. All these different dimensions in music and singing manage to give each song its own uniqueness and each listen to Identisick is fresh and exciting. I keep finding myself playing this album on a daily basis and loving it more each and every time.

    “Nemesis” starts off the album with an amazing display of staccato riffing. The song goes through so many parts but the one constant is that if flows perfectly from beginning to end. ‘Identisick” features some crushing riffs and powerful drumming for the first 36 seconds and then it heads into a sick 21 second guitar solo and I even find myself singing along in the end to the chants of the title. “Sex-Addicted” moves along nicely with plenty of brutality but then out of nowhere at 2:54 the band plays a short acoustic interlude that molds perfectly into the song. “Mourning Affliction” is a headbanger’s and mosher’s dream come true. The song switches from fast and slow tempos to really get you involved with the song. My favorite part is at 2:16 when the bass starts playing by itself and soon the rest of the band jumps in and slowly the speed is built back up. Oh yeah, this song even features a techno beat.

    By now, you should be getting the idea of what to expect from Identisick. The rest of the 6 songs that I haven’t mentioned all share the same qualities but as I mentioned before all the songs stand apart from each other. Finishing up the package of Identisick also is a great cover of Napalm Death’s “Suffer the Children”. I really can’t stress how good Identisick is and I highly recommend to all death metal fans. This album demands your attention.

    9/10

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  2. circus_brimstone

    circus_brimstone Forest: Sold Out

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    Like you said, Rodrigo, this album is great. Lovin' it!
     
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    all these bands sound the same, no originality. 1/10
     
  4. CodGod

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    No Band on this earth even comes close to what Benighted can do with music. every note on the fretboard is clear as day, every drum beat and riff enhances the music to it's fullest potential and every growl/scream/pig squeal is just insane! I used to listen to Cradle of Filth and Children of Bodom and dont get me wrong i still love them but i was never ready to appreciate death/brutal metal until i heard Benighted:Icon. Yes! that's right i heard and listened to Icon for months and fell in love, then decided to give the predecessors a listen and holy fark! I never thought i would say this but Identisick is better! and ICP is completely awesome as well i just need to move down to Psychose next.

    Since i could recall note of every song in both Identisick and Icon so far, i have been dying for some more pure chunky brutal death metal but no other band in the world can satisfy my needs of technical talent. so if anyone knows of a similar band let me know... think i'm gonna get a benighted tattoo!
     

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