Benighted
Asylum Cave


5.0
classic

Review

by Raz0rGrind23 USER (18 Reviews)
April 8th, 2011 | 45 replies | 10,507 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Originality rants aside; this is Benighted’s best…. and darkest offering....

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

‘I merely wait in cold, drowning black, holding no true sense of time or bodily awareness. Grasping the absence of physical interaction, I have only mere memories and faint recollections of the outside world and a life lost to sadistic restraint. These memories are kept resolute with the help of picture books and a stuffed plushie at my bedside. Chilled tile to bare feet marks an unnerving reminder of day’s lost in this prison that I’ve called home, with the faint commotions from above keeping me hesitant and still. It is the plodding of footsteps, the shuffling of keys and the unlatching of a lock that keeps this nightmare forever alive. And the dark silhouette as he approaches through the narrow, tapered domicile quickly dilutes the booming silence. There is no true choice. I have forever acclimated myself to this daily malevolence…’

Much like the group’s musical compositions, it’s Benighted’s moniker to exhibit subjects of insanity through mental anguish. Since the release of 'Insane Cephalic Production', the group is yet to disappoint with their brand of voracious death-grind. The formula has stayed the same and in my book, that’s a good thing. With this latest offering, Asylum Cave tackles the make-up of a madman obsessed with Josef Fritzl following the schizophrenic progression of his day from A-Z.

The sequences from track to track slowly and articulately detail a descent into madness from the time our subject awakes to his slow deterioration of self and those around him. These elements are accentuated with Olivier Gabriel’s and Liem N’Guyem’s dual, guitar riffing and a whirling drum performance from Kevin Foley. While hectic and exhausting, it’s nothing out of the ordinary for this group. The opening/title track introduces a cheese ball alarm clock sampling giving birth to our subject’s evident demise with violent, whirling guitar punches. The high and low end vocal arrangements from Julien Truchan take the best offerings from 'Icon' and 'Identisick' and merely twist, contort and refine with fiendish precision.

While the laughable title rant on the opening of ‘Let the Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth’ tends to overstay it’s welcome, the guitar work provides some appetizing licks right into ‘Prey’ and the lightening quick ‘Hostile’. While these tracks all have something worthwhile, its ‘Fritzl’, ‘The Cold Remains’ and ‘Shadows Descend’ that truly grab the listener. The plodding guitar work at the 1:50 marker of ‘Shadows…’ marks all that is heavy and domineering with Benighted. The trademark of crafting guitar riff after guitar riff will keep listeners coming back for more.

‘Unborn Infected Children’ and ‘Lethal Merycism’(Tasty) are heavy, twisted ballads to Fritzl and the 26 year incarceration of his daughter in the family basement. Although these audible portrayals are grim and disturbing in their own right they will nonetheless up the replay value. And with the Nasum cover of ‘Wrath’ providing one last kick to the face, I can’t find any reason why the respected grind enthusiast shouldn’t pick this up.

That’s really all that needs to be said at this point. ‘Icon’ will forever be the album that truly turned heads for Benighted but it is Asylum Cave that builds on that same destructive formula. I might be eating my words later, but this album is utterly flawless and will be hitting many end-of-year lists. Bask in the brilliance and glory of this dominant beast. Album of the year contender for sure…….



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Raz0rGrind23
April 8th 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Goddamn this is solid. Let me know if the review needs further tweaking.

Mewcopa0
April 8th 2011



1793 Comments


Meh. Not a 5.

Raz0rGrind23
April 8th 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

At this point I'm sticking too it

iFghtffyrdmns
April 8th 2011



7047 Comments


review definitely doesn't read like a 5, and I'm not sure if I would have included that entire opening paragraph, but a good write-up nonetheless. This doesn't sound like something I'd reall dig so I'll most likely avoid it, nice job anyways :]

DurzoBlint
April 9th 2011



1131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Doesn't read like a 5 to me either, but I enjoy this album.

Raz0rGrind23
April 9th 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^Kinda took a different approach with this one and Fritzl. The opening paragraph would make more sense if you know the guy's background. The review was a bit more rushed but I dig the hell out of this right now.

Great dig btw Durzo. Check out Antoine Dufour's Still String or Development. I'm sure you'll enjoy.

DurzoBlint
April 9th 2011



1131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love his stuff, I listen to pretty much all artists on candyrat records. Ewan dobson or Don Ross are probably my favorites.

Arked
April 9th 2011



117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is one of my favorite 2011 releases so far.

Raz0rGrind23
April 10th 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Arked
Total agreement man. That Nasum cover owns as well!

Itwasthatwas
April 10th 2011



729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haven't heard this yet but will listen tonight
Icon is one of my favorite records

Raz0rGrind23
April 11th 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^Let me know what you think man. My opinion of this might change later but right now this is hitting the right chord.

sickinng12
May 16th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really impressed!!! Holy shit, what an album!

Raz0rGrind23
May 24th 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes sir! These guys are solid

Ticondaroga
May 25th 2011



231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not as good as icon a few of the songs are very meh.

Lambda
June 9th 2011



2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first song is good, and there are some good moments, but some of this does run together. I might bump my rating to a 3.5, but that's probably as high as I'd go.

FatChickIrl
June 18th 2011



4096 Comments


This is pretty average run to the mill death metal

SylentEcho
June 20th 2011



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Let me openly say this. Fans of Metalcore, Deathcore and the like, will like this a lot. Fans of real Metal, Death Metal, Thrash wont.

2 steps above a band like JFAC because these guys can write decent riffs and solos. The thing is, they can't make those same good riffs flow into each other well, neither do they know where to place them.

Raz0rGrind23
June 21st 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

While their brand of metal does have core-like attributes that will send a large majority running for the hills, the riffing is what sets these guys apart. The variation is what makes their albums. And these guitar lines fit snuggly with the accompaniment of the vocal lines. The vocalist IMHO has one of the most varied peformances in the scene. Whether you hate it or not, Benighted introduced the so-called pig squeal before it was re-processed and re-shit by the Hot Topic folk giving it the wrap it has today.

FatChickIrl
June 21st 2011



4096 Comments


You obviously havent heard much death metal because the riffs are mediocre at best and the vox are lolbad and they did not introduce the pig squeal lmfao......

Raz0rGrind23
June 21st 2011



419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well lets agree to disagree champ. Regardless, these guys hit the right chord with me.



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