Ramon : We have a saying in the staff of Lords of Metal, which goes “you can’t throw six every single time”. After a couple of very pleasing albums, I was slightly less content with Benighted’s last record, ‘Carnivore Sublime’, while prior efforts made me think they are probably the best French band of the moment, even with Gojira taken in consideration. And now the band around the rugby loving psych hospital employee Julien Truchard is back. And to say the least, his vengeance is sweet, although in his eyes there was no call for revenge, it was just me who was less impressed by the last record. Well, I am beyond impressed this time. And I don’t throw around high scores like these easily.
And ‘Necrobreed' is sick. It is insane, wild, maniacal, with unprecedented violence. It follows the story of a man who stitches dead animals to his belly, thinking to have given them birth after they are gone and the infections of the stitches remind him of the fact something was there. And Julien has met this man, it is real, it was his actual patient. And this is transcribed into music. Imagine that. I have an embargo to not let anyone else hear the record before it is out. I broke that with a friend whose taste is viler than anyone’s I know and we both agreed, this violence is next level. It is so pure, so disturbing, you just sense there is a great sincerity in the sickness, while at the same time there is a full control. The samples, the violence, the unbelievable drums, the riffing, the variety in vocals, you can’t believe this album, unless you hear it and if you are willing to let it sink in. I have no words to describe the impact it had on me, really. It has no match anymore. They are the best at what they do, period. Without any reservations, this is the kind of album Cannibal Corpse wished they could make. The one album this year that even Chuck Norris fears.