Benighted
Insane Cephalic Production


3.5
great

Review

by Zach USER (101 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2017 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Certainly a savage transition of styles, isn't it?

This might be surprising to most fans of Benighted, but the Benighted you now know is not at all the Benighted of 2000-2002. They were a band incredibly unsure of their musical direction, making awkward attempts at melding goth-style black metal with grind influenced death. The musical talent was present, but the composition sure as hell wasn't. Come "Insane Cephalic Production". The album greets us with relentless drumming, so rapid fire it defies all drumming logic. There are some messy but still entirely enjoyable shreds, and, of course, Juliens lovely, spine ripping pig squeals and titanic roars. Gone is all the discombobulation from their previous records-Benighted is carving their niche as being an unfiltered and purely brutal. They want nothing more, and nothing less.

Normally this would grow cumbersome, but where many bands like this flounder about Benighted shines. Benighted-to be overtaken by darkness. This is the album where they prove that statement. The gutturals are filthy and there's ample guitar distortion and string bends to make for a truly maniacal sound, once again, all paired up with their monster of a drummer. All the instruments and vocals off this album ravage you like a maelstrom, never ending their destructive currents at any moment. Tracks like "Bestial Breeding" and "Foetus" are incredibly raw and unrestrained, and while what i'm about to say applies to these two tracks, it can really apply to the whole album-these tracks are just goddamn HEAVY. This is something rather divisive about Benighted-they aren't exactly known for being a band of much substance, and this album doesn't deviate from that notion at all. While the musicianship is stellar, with some really magnificent guitar shreds being the pinnacle of this (like ones off of "Deviant"), the album is simple in its purpose. The album is just brutal, crushing fun. Take that as you will.

Even for fans of that style of music, their are some things to nitpick about. Namely the occasional inclusions of shrieks across the record. Julien sounds like he's forcing his range a bit much some times, however since the shrieks are relatively sparse this isn't a major complaint. Their is also the rather awkward spoken word from "Perpetual Cannibalism", which can only be best defined as a high pitched, relatively forced shout. Thankfully it's backed by the usual crushing drum patterns and guitar riffs, so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

There you have it. It's the beginning of proper Benighted, a band who has found their musical identity and utilizes with utmost confidence, even if their sound is the aural equivalent of hammering an infant with a mallet. If you like heavy, meaty riffs alongside drum patterns and growls that are like the footsteps of a giant, then you will enjoy this a lot. However for music with a message that has an important driving theme, look elsewhere.



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Dedes
February 23rd 2017


6857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Making it my goal to make sure every Benighted album has a review, only Psychose left which is the only album I have not heard.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2017


3615 Comments


This review is a bit awkward to read but props for deciding to review their discography. Good band.

Dedes
February 24th 2017


6857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey thanks dude! Is the review awkward because of the words used and or structure? Tbh never thought I'd use the word discombobulated but I fucking love the word lol

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2017


3615 Comments


A bit of both. Try to avoid using metaphor unless it absolutely contributes to painting an accurate image (the last para's comparison of vocals to footsteps is a bit weird, likewise the infant mallet analogy). Also, adjectives aren't alqays necessary (incredibly unsure is a bit of a strange descriptor in this case). "Benighted-to be overtaken by darkness." Is a really weirdly punctuated and structured sentence too. If this is a reference to something, you'd be better off assimilating the reference into a more readable sentence like "Benighted have finally been overtaken by darkness" or something.

The way you construct sentences on the whole is a bit strange. I recall your MPE review being pretty good, did you get that review edited by the community? Would recommend sending this one in for editing too just so you can get a more in-depth analysis.

On my phone so excuse any odd spelling, can't type on this thing for the life of me

Dedes
February 24th 2017


6857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I mean the the metaphors make sense in my head but I realize some people just see them and are like ? Lol actually my MPE review was mostly something done myself but Scuro helped a bit, and I really put a solid amount of time, like at least a full hour into that review. This one was more like 30 minutes, but I felt pretty confident in it. A fault of my own really, got mildly arrogant. I'll send it in for editing however. Thanks man!

Panzerchrist
February 24th 2017


462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It should be mentioned that the 2009 remaster of this is a vast improvement in sound quality, and comes with two decent cuts, as well. Definitely the preferred version of the album.

Dedes
February 24th 2017


6857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually didn't know their was a remaster, i'll try listening sometimes.

Panzerchrist
February 24th 2017


462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, it's worth checking into. Really helps bring this up to the level of Identisick and Icon, in terms of production.

TheNotrap
October 2nd 2019


12869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

RIP Frédéric "Fight" Fayolle

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