Benediction - _Organized Chaos_
(Nuclear Blast, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I have always had this love-hate relationship with Benediction. I like their earlier stuff (_Subconscious Terror_ and _The Grand Leveller_), tolerate some of their mid-era albums (_Transcend the Rubicon_) and was really unimpressed with the last few discs (_The Dreams You Dread_ and _Grind Bastard_). But with the band's new album, _Controlled Chaos_, I once again plan to show support for Benediction. While far from being mind-blowing, the new album finds Benediction back in familiar territory, playing some strong old school death metal with lots of conviction. Singer Dave Hunt (who replaced longtime singer Dave Ingram, now in Bolt Thrower) sounds in control here, as the chaotic frenzy begins with "Suicide Rebellion" onto "The Temple of Set" and "Easy Way to Die". Tight, fast, grinding death metal that shows no mercy as it unfolds into metal madness. Good to see these grind bastards back in good form. Let the chaos begin!
(article published 10/19/2001)
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