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Benediction – Organized Chaos (Reissue)

Organized Chaos (Reissue)
by Lior “Steinmetal” Stein at 13 December 2014, 12:56 PM

Nabbing it between what is considered the newfound groove machine and their early deathly inheritance, the British BENEDICTION shift forward into the new millennium, unleashing another turning point, which was named “Organized Chaos”. Reissued by Metal Mind Productions, this venture, originally released back in 2001, marked yet another gradual alteration in the band’s musical balance. Fans of the band’s early 90’s age probably noticed the change of attitude and mid to late 90’s habitual conceptions that engulfed the band’s material like storm. Well, at least they retained the old logo back on display, unlike the earlier cruise of “Grind Bastard”. Furthermore, Dave Hunt, also known as V.I.T.R.I.O.L. of the blackened grinding machines of ANAAL NATHRAKH, joined the band with the departure of the previous grinder, Dave Ingram. So the question is if this album, along with the new barking voice at the front of the vocal end, marked the band’s return to its roots? Well, it would say…. Not entirely.

With the emergence of “Organized Chaos”, BENEDICTION, firstly by their chosen sound, appeared to be reinstating their old school Death Metal prowess that served them so well in the past, even if some of it sounded crooked and underground. It had a certain magic to it and elevated the occult nature of the music. On the other hand, the Brits never did let go of the Groove Metal cascade that loomed within their riffs and passages. Still keeping it simple, while persistently not venturing into anything melodic (harmonic riffery anyone?), BENEDICTION offered three directions within the release, clinging to a fairly moderated version of Death Metal, yet not quite as it sounds nowadays, consuming Groove Metal that might even signal of later PANTERA minus the intelligent riffing and of course Punkish defiance surfing here and there just for a taste. Furthermore, the new vocals arrival, which by then wasn’t that new as he arrived right after “Grind Bastard”, appeared to be quite diverse in his grinding growl style, pushing it like Phil Anselmo when needed, but also maintain the old Death Metal repugnance, yet clear in comparison to Ingram’s early stage deliveries.

I can’t really actually admit an album of endless possibilities, yet I believe that a Metalhead and even a Hardcore / Groove fan might find himself slamming into his friend while listening. As a Death Metal follower, I was impressed by “Nothing on the Inside” presenting the old ways but with a rather modernized crisp, still punishing with tremolo fast riffing that entangled the sweet past but also bashing, moshing inflicting Thrash engraving. I could actually reclaim this one as a catchy tune, pretty easy to handle as it reoccurs throughout its course. “Easy To Die” reminded me of a bleaker version of PANTERA meets BLACK SABBATH but with a clear death wish, suicidal kind of number, gloomy and depressive. However, in comparison to the band’s known material, this number one was a first and rather special. “I Am the Disease”, well that is an old school chunky bastard with cracking rhythm butchery, almost similar to “Spiritual Healing” / “Leprosy” era of DEATH, letting go of the famous soloing. It could have been a much better turnout if it would have had more fast paced sections to further spice up the bloody journey of over six minutes. “This Graveyard Earth” is a potential hybrid of the band’s future and past, slicing it up clean with crashing riffs, still I would nailed a massive solo segment right there in the middle.

I don’t see “Organized Chaos” as a continuance to “Grind Bastard” but a slight turn away without leaving the path into the future of Death Metal. BENEDICTION craved my hunger with an awesome old school sound, even if a bit cleaner. As far as the material goes, nothing too imaginative or innovative, however, the band did search for further elements to raise the interest in their music and also make sure that this listening session would be a moshpit material. Though I seriously think that a melodic touch could have done wonders, the grooviness took care of its absence for just a little.

3 Star Rating

1. Suicide Rebellion
2. Stigmata
3. Suffering Feeds Me
4. Diary of a Killer
5. The Temple of Set
6. Nothing on the Inside
7. Easy Way to Die
8. Don't Look in the Mirror
9. This Graveyard Earth
10. Charon
11. I Am the Disease
12. Organised Chaos
Dave Hunt – Vocals
Darren Brookes - Guitars
Peter Rew - Guitars
Frank Healy - Bass
Neil Hutton - Drums
Record Label: Metal Mind Productions


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