BENEDICTION – Transcend The Rubicon/The Dreams You Dread (CD)
Originally licensed from Nuclear Blast Records, Metal Mind Productions reissued this “Reload” double album set from Birmingham, UK’s Benediction. “Transcend The Rubicon” was taken a whole step up in the musicianship and the band’s darkened savagery. Vocalist Dave Ingram gave one of his better performances, with a more focused, deeper, growl assault, giving the band’s music a much extreme edge in the grand scheme of things with this release.
“Transcend The Rubicon” has more of lethal punch to it as it hunts you down like a wild animal. The thumping bass rhythms with the murderous drumming are more explosive than a thousand sticks of dynamite combined. The quintet’s playing, as a band here is sharp, with the songs executed really well.
Overall, the heavy as hell production and sound on this album made it one of the death metal highlights of 1993, the year it was released.
1995 saw the band return with their finely produced and probably much, much heavier outing in the form of “The Dreams You Dread”, which was also the title of one of their demos from the late eighties. “Down On Whores” is definitely one the standout tracks on this album, with its groove-laden rhythms, Dave Ingram’s deep and punishing growls, and the solidness this song displays in all aspects. The other tracks here are pretty good, for example, “Where Flies Are Born” just steam rolls through the speakers, simply running the listener over.
I’ve always enjoyed Benediction’s sound and style, and I think it is their sadistic delivery and the way they shove their crushing songs down your throat make them so unique.
This maybe very brutal, but the way these guys deliver the goods, it’s packed with so much power, your world is bound to shake and cave in. Benediction is not thinking man’s metal, they’re a death metal head’s favorite night terror come true.
“The Dreams You Dread” will be the worst ever nightmare you ever had, but than again, death metal is one horror story not many live to tell about. Definitely check it out. [Metal Mind Productions] Sarjoo Devani