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Benediction is one of my all time favorite death metal bands. Constantly raw and heavy, but they never get too much. Dave Ingram has one of those voices that never really get brutal, instead it stays at a perfect level throughout the album, packing a raw and intense power.
I would describe the overall sound of the album as a perfect blend of old school death metal, thrash and punk. Now, punk is a very dominating source of inspiration on this album, as many of the riffs are very Hatebreed sounding. This would be the only thing that brings the album down in my view. Now don't get me wrong, I like punk and all, but when i compare Grind Bastard to the undisputed masterpiece Transcend the Rubicon, I realise that Benediction sound best when they play death metal through and through.
But don't worry, although punk-ish, the riffs on Grind Bastard are catchy, well written and will have your head banging in no time.
Check out Benediction today. Perhaps the most underrated death metal band ever to come out of the UK.
Well man, they really hit the nail on the head with this one. While Benediction have always been a solid Death Metal band, they didn't really have a record that truly set them apart until right now. Grind Bastard is a thick slice of Death/Thrash that makes most of the Malevolent Creation copies look like shit.
They didn't experiment too much with this album, which, on this occasion, is a ood thing. Each songs follows a similar pattern but manages to not get boring. That is because each track has a catchy as hell main riff that will have your head goin in no time. Really, the main thing here is the riffs. Awesome. Solid. Heavy. Done.
Add to that a drummer who keeps it all movin with some driving fuckin beats that groove perfectly with a music and flawless production and you have one hell of a disc.
If you are a fan of Death or Thrash at all and you come across this, dont fuck yourself... BUY IT! you won't regret it.
As a sidenote, the vocalist really sounds like Barney Greenway.