is the fourth album from Californian Heavy Metallers Benedictum, the
band led by the vocal might of Veronica Freeman and the guitars of Pete
Wells, only this time round the pair are joined by new band members Rikard
Stjernquist of Jag Panzer on drums and Tynator’s Aric Avina on bass, together they put
the pedal to the metal with their rampaging new opus. So
take heed and ‘Obey’!
album sees the return of Jeff Pilson as producer behind the desk, who
handled their debut album 'Uncreation' back in 2005, and in turn sees the
band return to the more aggressive edge of their first two albums, with
Freeman delivering an awesomely monstrous vocal as always.
the off the band take no prisoners, after the obligatory intro
‘Dreaming of The Banshee’, it's all systems go with the rampaging
‘Fractured’, led by Freeman’s towering vocals that
deliver a really powerful blow, as she displays more angst than ever.
ups it’s the title track ‘Obey’, a real heads-down metaller that can
only be described as punishing, mainly due to the thumping rhythm section
of Avina and Stjernquist, who really have made their mark on not only
this track, but the entire album.
pounding METAL assault continues with the monstrous ‘Fighting For My
Life’ and the storming ‘Scream’, both tracks bringing out the big
guns from Freeman, then it's old school all the way the excellent ‘Evil
That We Do’ and 'Crossing Over’.
anyone familiar with Freeman’s vocals prowess knows she is more than
capable of not just for the power
driven metal, she does present a gentler side from time to time and this
album features one of her finest vocals to date, as she duets with Tony
Martin on my favourite track off the album ‘Cry’.
great vocal from Freeman comes on ‘Thornz’, as she mixes power and
emotion in equal quantities on the this one, before the darker tones of
‘Die To Love You’, then it's pedal to the metal once more with ‘Apex
The album closes with the seven minute epic ‘Retrograde’. A powerful ender that has some elements of Iron Maiden mixed with a more hard core metal vibe. A real barnstormer to round off what has to be the band's most solid release to date.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Dream Of The Banshee
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