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It was the Anno Domini 1990, and Barney Greenway was still in Benediction, Napalm Death were still playing 1st class Grindcore (although I prefer 'Harmony Corruption'), and England was the home of the old school riff attacks and pounding, dark and creepy Death Metal, and Bolt thrower, hehe. It just happened that Benediction released their first Full Lenght in 1990, with Barney Greenway, who later on moved to his full time position in Napalm Death. It happened to be Benediction's groundbreaking release, lead by the due of Darren Brookes and Peter Rewinski. That was the good ol' time of Death Metal,...times change.
Today this release doesn't seem that much groundbreaking, but back then, most people did go off to this one, and heads were banged and mosh pits were fought in. And the intros still sounded spookey, and not perverse, like nowadays. From the intro, over the title and second track, which actually don't catch my total attention, to the song which makes you fucking grind - "Grizzled Finale"; some people might know this song from the 'Death Is Just the Beginning" sampler, released by Nuclear Blast 8if I'm correct). The song simply kicks ass. Dark, groovey and low-tuned riffs are making this song a real goer. Especially Barney's vocals, being a trademark for bear-like growls (fucking maniac).
If you take a good listening to this record, you will feel a certain spirit in the music. It's the spirit of bands who played this stuff from their guts! There is no brutal technic behund the songs, and no harmonized vocals, and no drummer who eats skins and sticks for breakfast. Just good old school Death Metal. Unfortunately, this kind of Death Metal has almost no fans today, except for the people that grew up with this kind of music, who are today family guys, warking people, and they are dying out, just like the spirit of this music. Only a few new bands keep up the spirit of this kind of bands, and it's due to those bands, that Death Metal hasn't ceased to be a totally forgotten genre in Metal music. Fuck Blekk Metal, listen to this and get yourself some of the ol' ultra violence!