Published Feb 22, 2017French death-grinders Benighted have been continually honing their sound since their black metal-focused self-titled 2000 debut, delving further into death metal and grindcore realms with each release. Following 2014's Carnivore Sublime, the band return with their eighth album and latest slab of gore-soaked brutality, dubbed Necrobreed.
Although Benighted have gone through a significant lineup change — including the addition of former Necrophagist drummer Romain Goulon — it seems to have only strengthened the band. Necrobreed is an uninterrupted attack of punishing riffs, slamming grooves and powerful blast beats throughout, starting with the volatile "Reptilian." Tracks like "Leatherface" and "Versipellis" are inhumanly fast and angst-ridden, while "Der Doppelgaenger" and "Monsters Make Monsters" contain particularly crushing hooks, as well as sinister leads.
Julien Truchan's dynamic vocal delivery exhibits various styles throughout the album, from deep gutturals to feral pig-squeals and everything in between, while guest vocals from the Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad on "Forgive Me Father" add even more dimension. Featuring proficient musicianship and a wide range of song structures, Necrobreed is a powerful and creative album. (Season of Mist)