DEATH BENEFIT - RESURRECTED
DEATH BENEFIT / KEIGH NEIN ENTERTAINMENT
Metal To Infinity
Benefit was introduced to me by Chris Violence, (the dude with the huge beard)
of Cessation Of Life. C.O.L.
brought me already great times of pure metal with some thrash and brutal
influences, so I was anxious to hear what this band was going to deliver. After
some mailings back and forth, I received a track called ‘Book Of The Dead’
as a kind of appetizer. Well,
it was pretty obvious that Death Benefit would fit perfectly in my personal
flavor! They bring their metal raw, relentless and mean, but the only critic
that I had, was the overall sound of the song.
Months went by, and all in a sudden I received a second track, called ‘Levitations’.
The guys of Death Benefit succeeded in making progress, so we were glad
to welcome their first studio album called ‘Resurrected’.
we go back to the early days of the band, we can say that their path wasn’t
the easiest one. The
formation of Death Benefit was around 1996 in the area of Burbank, CA, U.S.A.
The West Coast had to deal with a band that created a set list of brutal
thrash metal and hardcore punk songs. Although they had plans to record some of
the stuff, it never came to fruition. One of the founding members, Mike Marlow (guitars),
died in a motorcycle accident and
a little later, Greg Conti (drums) died after fighting a pancreatic
cancer. In memoriam of these former members, the band released a live DVD
(Live Hate/Haunting The Whiskey), and in stead of putting the band on ice,
they decided to fight back, stronger than ever before. .. ..
this is now, and Resurrected is ready to be unleashed on the metal crowd! This
is the result of hard working in a recording studio, and the result is pretty
amazing! The passionate musicians of Death Benefit recruited some friends like
Chris Violence (guest vocals in ‘The Conscience Of The king’) and Chris
Mulville (2nd guitar in ‘Southern Drawl’), and all together they
give full axe to blow your brains out!
The band is able to bring varied songs, they play their metal loud and
proud, and the furious riffs are ear splitting!
wise, they don’t avoid any path. Song titles like ‘The Cross’ and ‘The
Book Of The Dead’ might give you the idea that this is a Christian or White
Metal band, but on the contrary they have lyrics like ‘Butchery And Blasphemy’
anti-religion and the paranormal.
This band likes to kick you in the face with straight forward lyrics (e.g.:
the lyrics of ‘Southern Drawl’), but all accompanied with great stampede
riffs and songs!
that want to hear some tunes of Death Benefit, check their homepage and take a
sneak preview! ( http://www.myspace.com/deathbenefit
), and if you want to hear a cool version of Highway to Hell, just check the
homepage of Cessation Of Life, as you will encounter a great live performance of
Chris with C.O.L. and guest guitar player Smokin’ Jay Rivera (Death Benefit)
comment at all on this ‘Resurrected’ product? Well, just a little, as the
sound quality isn’t 100% like it should sound nowadays, but the pleasure of
the songs and the enthusiasm of the members make it all worth to check this band
My rating: 80 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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