(7/10) Benedictum's album number 4 is on it's way into the stores. The name is "Obey" and is a clear message to all fans - obey, buy the record and enjoy the listening session.
Benedictum continues where they stopped 2 years ago with "Dominion". Also the new record is pure heavy metal with the typical powerful voice of Veronica Freeman.
Already the intro with the breaking glass shows, that Veronica is prepared to give everything on "Obey". And I think, that it is her voice, which makes Benedictum to what it is - a powerful and passionate metal band.
The album contains great metal hymns like "Fractured", "Obey" and "Apex nation". Last mentioned one starts with the sound of a bike, which fits of course perfect into the cliché. My personal fave is the pounding "Evil that we do". It has a strong drive, an hypnotic beat and a great vocal line. This can became a great live song for the bands setlist. Let's see. Also to mention is the ballad called "Cry" which the band performs together with Tony Martin.
But than there are some songs like "Scream". Nomen et omen here. Veronica's voice is sometimes a bit too extreme. It sounds like a hissing wildcat. It seems that she is really stressing the limits here. And for me this is not the best thing to do. Less screaming and more singing like in the earlier mentioned "Evil that we do" would fit much better.
But all in all an entertaining metal album which has power and drive. It is full of passion. Give it a try.
- Dream of the banshee
- Fighting for my life
- Evil that we do
- Crossing over
- Cry (feat. Tony Martin)
- Die to love you
- Apex nation
Label: Frontier Records
Genre: Heavy Metal