Benighted
Icon


4.5
superb

Review

by Matthew "Axl" Peck USER (5 Reviews)
December 29th, 2007 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is perhaps the one death metal album that has something for everyone, and blends it all seamlessly. A must-listen.

Much of death metal these days has become stagnant, with recycled riffs, repetitive song structure, incessant blast beating, and overall a lack of any kind of dynamics whatsoever. In addition, the incorporation of multiple breakdowns per song (that are all incredibly generic) in modern death metal makes the material all that less appealing. However, there are a few bands left that are somehow finding ways to push the boundaries of death metal, coming up with new ideas, new riffs, new sounds, and redefining the meaning of brutality. One of these bands is Benighted.

I was rather hesitant to check this band out; I figured for the longest time that I would get around to it eventually. Even after I obtained a copy of 2007's Icon, I still didn't listen to it for a week. Predetermined notions of modern death metal had made me lazy. Needless to say, I was left kicking myself over and over again after finally listening to this brutal, yet amazingly rythmic and at times, melodic CD.

I was prepared for more of the same, bland death metal that I was used to...until the first song, "Slut", hit me like a freight train. With an an almost grindcore-style intro ("Complete Exanguination", the album's intro track), this song let me know very quickly that this band was a force to be reckoned with. What immediately stood out to me throughout the first 3 full songs ("Slut", "Grind Wit", and "Saw It") was Julien's extreme vocal range...and how well delivered it was. A major strength of this album is his versatility. From extreme growls to shrill shrieking, this man is one hell of a vocalist. A major benefit here is that he also doesn't overuse the "bree-ing" inhales so typical of modern death metal and deathcore bands today.

The second major strength of this album is the songwriting and song structure. There is a balance to be had between linear, boring, typical structuring and the math-metal structure that is so crazy it's impossible for the casual fan to headbang to. Icon has the perfect balance, with extremely interesting structures that keep the listener interested, but not so all-over-the-place that it's impossible to follow.

Yet another strength of the album is evident on the entire album, but especially tracks such as "Grind Wit" and Saw It"...the absolute perfect blend of melody and brutality. How a band can create such an enjoyable collection of songs combining short, Cannibal Corpse-esque blasting sections with extremely rythmic, easy-to-follow Metallica-esque riffs and rythms is beyond me. This is one of the reasons why I believe this album surely has something for every fan on it. There are even well placed, short melodic breaks on the album, such as the intro to "Forsaken" (before it, of course, takes off into brutality afterwards). The only thing that raised my eyebrows was the short "rapping" section midway through "Grind Wit" (I'm still trying to figure that one out).

Honestly, I have tried very hard to find some sort of fault with this album, and I really can't. The only reason I don't think this will become a landmark album is the fact that the band still has a relatively small fanbase. (Well, plus, they're French.) Ultimately though, for those who do know about and enjoy this band, this will prove to be a highly influential and enjoyable album for years to come.


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Valhall
December 29th 2007


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If a mod could post this for the album cover, I'd appreciate it.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg211/Valhall2007_photos/Benighted-Icon.jpg

blackened07
December 29th 2007


949 Comments


I'm gonna get this if I can find it.

Zoo
December 29th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Valhall: Post it in the forums, it will get fixed faster there.

Slaytan
December 29th 2007


1186 Comments


You can add the cover yourself in "Edit My Reviews"

Valhall
December 29th 2007


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Slayton.

Slaytan
December 29th 2007


1186 Comments


No problem.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2007


7926 Comments


You just got this and already a 4.5?

Essence
December 30th 2007


3586 Comments


Yea, this does seem a tad rushed

rattlehead42147
December 30th 2007


1345 Comments


i want this.

Altmer
December 30th 2007


5652 Comments


Did the band name themselves after that Opeth song or am I just kicking on Opeth right now?

Abaddon2005
December 30th 2007


684 Comments


Identisick was really solid, I'll look into this.

poopty
August 27th 2008


319 Comments


This album is bloody amazing, great death metal ...and you can actually here the bass :O

poopty
August 27th 2008


319 Comments


In fact this makes me want to party and then go out and fight someone, is death metal supposed to do that to you? Ha!

Raz0rGrind23
October 5th 2009


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing album! Flawless! These guys get better and better.

JizzInMyPants
April 16th 2010


2372 Comments


HOLY SHIT!

JizzInMyPants
August 28th 2010


2372 Comments


god damn slut is just so good to bad the rest of the album pales in comparison

botb
November 19th 2010


9721 Comments


grind wit rules

Arked
March 24th 2011


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. It has much more good songs, not only Slut (like Grind Wit, Forsaken or Icon).

TheNotrap
July 14th 2012


8109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album and band rule damn hard.

ultradevilgod
May 25th 2013


232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hands down, this is one of the best modern death metal albums!



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