Cult's First CD
Looking back it was strange that I made this purchase as at the time I didn't even own a device on which to play CD's. Suffice it to say this title collected dust and an occasional lustful glance. I spent a great deal of my youth fantasizing about owning a CD player, yes boys and girls being poor seriously sucks, however I was more than determined to purchase one which I finally did.
It was black, sleek, very heavy, worthy of the phrase, “the dog's bollocks”, and surely overpriced, but it had all the bells, whistles and gadgets I would ultimately never use but nevertheless felt the need to have. More importantly I could now play my one and only Compact Disc, boy! how times have changed!
At around this time I owned more than my fair share of cassettes (what's a cassette? A question increasing in volume from the ranks of “younger” readers). Most were recorded from the only other person in the school I attended, and most probably the small town I lived in, that was into the scene. Many of these were perilously close to falling apart, as they were played constantly, a fact that annoyed the “living shit” (a creative curse from my youth out of my father).
In my teenage years the house often reverberated with music from the likes of Queen, David Bowie and The Police played from the stereo (midi system - anyone remember those?) in my parent's room, sure I liked them too, but my musical tastes were still wanting, not yet fully sated they demanded something a little heavier and obviously material different from the same drivel played constantly on the radio. I find myself on a tangent, which unfortunately happens more often than not, I'll direct my scribbling attentions back towards the release in question.
Here are the all important details:
1. Intro- Portal to your Fears
2. Subconscious Terror
3. Artefacted Irreligion
4. Grizzled Finale
5. Eternal Eclipse
6. Experimental Stage
7. Suspended Animation
8. Divine Ultimatum
9. Spit Forth the Dead
10. Confess all Goodness
Mark "Barney" Greenway Vocals
Peter Rew Lead Guitar
Darren Brookes Rhythm Guitar
Paul Adams Bass
Ian Treacy Drums
The vocals are provided by a leading figure in the British metal scene, who since his first appearance with Napalm Death (in 1990 on Harmony Corruption) has hugely influenced the Grindcore movement worldwide.
Benediction, however, are credited with his first appearance upon the scene on their 1989 demo, The Dreams You Dread, also the name of a future release.
Simply known as 'Barney' by most, a moniker allegedly resulting from his inane ability to bump into objects whilst drunk (and a logical progression from 'rubble'), Mark Greenway (real name) delivers grunts and growls by the truck load.
This was a vocal style I was none too familiar with in my earliest of Heavy Metal listening years so it was quite the novelty. I vividly remember inviting random friends and neighbors over to listen to what they deemed as “monster music”.
The novelty faded as I fell ass over tit for the genre and vocal style in the short period of time that followed, my friends and neighbors never, to my knowledge, did. Each to his or her own.
Most, if not all, of the following tracks fall with the mid tempo range being just the right speed to send any deserving mosh pit into a frenzy, the pounding, prominent drum track certainly helps in this regard.
Of the tracks on this release I'll mention Spit Forth the Dead as one of my favorites (it can be found slightly more polished, fused with Artifacted Irreligion, as a 'studio outtake' bonus track on a future release entitled Transend the Rubicon) a track that strangely reminds me of Terrorizer's track Dead Shall Rise (World Downfall album 1986).
This album, albeit rather primitive, holds a prominent position in steering me into the rather jaded musical tastes I have lost myself within in the past twenty years or so. Admittedly it wasn't until a few years later that I fully realized who Napalm Death were, after all this is a category of music you have to be gently lowered into in order to fully appreciate all the myriad genres nestled within its many folds, darkened depths and undiscovered nooks and crannies.
*My apologies folks, for a moment there it may have sounded like I was discussing the pleasures found within the feasting of an unfortunate morbidly obese individual.
(*Yes, I do not like Cradle of Filth. If you do: Great, now shoot yourself! – Feind)
An excellent compilation I highly recommend is the Def Metal sampler (93' I believe?) within which lies my favorite Eucharist song, The View, IMO it is both a brutal and melodic masterpiece that masterfully represents the Swedish (Gothenburg) sound that was ripping through the metal scene at the time. Entombed's Left Hand Path and Dismember's Like An Ever Flowing Stream were released in 1991 and set new standards that acts still emulate to this very day (Evocation and Entrails are prime examples of this being perched within it's upper echelon).
I have again veered far from my intended course making this quite the history lesson, sorry folks! Suffice it to say my metal roots are buried deep in the 90's.
I'm interested to see where any of yours are, feel free to leave a comment and in doing so we can collectively discover new, forgotten and missed talents much deserved of recognition.
Long Live Metal!