Benighted- Asylum Cave

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, April 7, 2011

Death/grind band Benighted has always stood out from some of the others in the genre, mainly due to their slightly more adventurous sound that incorporated the occasional melody and a lot of groove heavy riffs. The band has continued this on their newest full length Asylum Cave and written material that has a bit more variation than your average brutal death metal/deathgrind release. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re into this style of super fast and technical brutality then don’t miss out on this release.

From what I’ve heard of Benighted’s previous work, it has been a little more focused on the death metal side of things. For Asylum Cave the instrumentalists have upped the grind influences and as a result there are a lot of transitions between mid-tempo chugging and extremely fast paced riffs. The level of technicality that is present on each and every song is quite impressive, and it is clear that the band puts emphasis on ensuring that each element transitions seamlessly. Compared to many of the others in the genre, Benighted comes off as more melodic as their leads often have some melodies in them. While I’m sure some big fans of the scene might see that as a bad thing, I personally think that it helps the group out quite a bit as it not only makes their songs distinguishable from one another but gives the band a sound that stands out.

The vocals on this album are all over the place, which could be good or bad depending on what type of extreme styles you are into. There are a lot of low pitched growls and high pitched shrieks, as well as pig squeals and a variety of other off the wall sounds. It may be a little too much for some people, especially considering that the pig squeals are used so often but if you tend to lean towards the more brutal side of the genre then chances are you’ll be able to appreciate what Benighted is offering. Vocalist Julien “Truch” Truchan definitely deserves some credit though, as he is able to hit the widest ranges of pitches that I have heard in quite some time and always manages to maintain a high level of intensity.

I’m not usually the biggest fan of brutal death metal/deathgrind, but the way that Asylum Cave mixed in melodic grooves made the album stick out in my mind and I have returned to it often over the past week or so. Benighted has created material that may appeal to listeners that don’t typically seek out this type of metal, and that should help them to become an even bigger name in the years to come. These guys definitely seem to be taking the style in a different direction than most, and it should be interesting to see where they go in the next few years.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Season of Mist

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