Benighted are a deathgrind band formed in 1998 from Saint-Étienne, Rhône-Alpes, France and was originally started out as a black metal outfit then with later releases transgressed into more of a psychological, pathological and transported style of brutal death metal with elements of grindcore and deathgrind. Following up to 2017’s outstanding release of Necrobreed, Obscene Repressed is the next evolution for this French metal outfitters seeking out redemption, visceral brutality and destructive sequences of sophisticated branched musicality.
This record introduces 12 tracks and clocking in around 38 minutes of eerie, and exciting music that really showcased Benighted’s growth and progression to the music. Tracks such as Implore The Negative, Mom, I Love You The Wrong Way, Smoke Through The Skull and Undivided Dismemberment features relentless headbanging, talented instrumentation work and waves crushing down onto the floor with catchy riffs, solid blast beats and a world of chaotic chemistry built upon the introduction of Obscene Repressed is a monstrous experience front to back.
Then other songs including Nails, Muzzle and Scarecrow allows the listener being sucked into a universe so unparalleled, technical and progressive these variations of intelligence and comprehensive information this album offers truly shines their astonishing craft with the record gives full satisfaction upon hearing this beastly album.
Perhaps my biggest highlight of Necrobreed is vocalist Julien Truchan mainly because his vocal deliverance goes from grindcore shrieks, death metal lows, highs and guttural sections of slam infused progressions are surely worth the painful atmosphere the album concentrates on.
I also have to give the other members from Benighted major credit for their admiration and dedicated signatures keeping the album a much more strong connection which therefore retained the compositions and organic materialized imaginative creations a wonderfully balanced proportion. Obscene Repressed is a wake up call upon extreme music to push the essences and symbolism to create the most punishing material they’ve done to date. Fans of brutal death Metal, grindcore and deathgrind will be in a surprise treat to hear their eardrums be pierced from within the headbanging action.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Jake Butler