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Before death metal turned into a lollipop piece of trash genre, and before Benediction turned to crap, they put out this Behemoth of an album.
This album is heavy as fuck. Sabbath must have rubbed off on their contemporary countrymates seeing as Benediction, Electric Wizard, Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, and many more at one time destroyed like no other.
The tone of this album is really what makes it. It's also the only Benediction album to get it right. Downtuned guitars, very good drum sound, and Dave Ingram's godly vocals. I like his stuff better than any of the other singers for Benediction or Bolt Thrower, he's an underrated vocalist in my book.
The album is a bit slower in some parts, but it also gets very fast- it's mixed tastefully. Check the 2 minute mark in "Opulence of the Absolute" for some uncomprising headbanging action.
Graveworm is a highlight here, as is the opener, Vision in the Shroud. Most of the songs follow the same formula, and you'll hear the same drum beat in every track. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it really isn't foreground music. This is the ultimate album to let play while doing something else.
This should appeal to any metalhead with a bit of taste. It's a very heavy album that fits in with the best of early nineties death metal. There really isn't much else to say; the disc is worth many listens.