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Seasons Of Tragedy - Benedictum

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Goth / Artist: Benedictum / Limited Edition / Audio CD released 2008-01-28 at Locomotive

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      15.02.2008 15:56
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      Benedictum's second album (2008).

      The new album from San Diego's Benedictum is helping to keep the spirit of classic heavy metal alive, but at the same time takes enough influence from more recent power metal trends to keep if from sounding dated. The only times this band seems stuck in a time warp are the fun but daft unison yells of some of the choruses ('Dawn of Seasons') and of course, yet another cover of Accept's popular 'Balls to the Wall' that will satisfy old-timers more than new fans.

      The most interesting and surprising element of this band is its female singer Veronica Freeman, who tries her best to disguise her femininity behind a raspy metal yell before throwing off the cloak in the softer songs 'Bare Bones' and 'Steel Rain,' and shocking the headbanging metalheads who would suddenly pretend that they were never really enjoying it, and knew it was a guy all along, before booing this chick off the stage meant for men. I hate heavy metal fans, they're such idiots. Pete Wells' guitars are as entertaining as should be expected for the genre, frequently indulging in overlong solos of the best kind and mainly relying on grooving riffs similar to early Anthrax, but the only unfortunate drawback here is that no matter how enjoyable the riffs are in songs like 'Beast in the Field,' they do partly serve to draw the listener's attention to the fact that it's now 2008, and the world is fast running out of original guitar melodies.

      Chris Morgan's keyboards are generally restricted to the longer songs, particularly the grand finale of the eleven-minute title track, in order that the whole thing remains defined as classic heavy metal rather than power metal, which is how it ends up sounding in 'Beast in the Field' and 'Legacy,' the fastest and arguably best songs here. This isn't an album dedicated to original ideas in its reproduction of a thirty-year-old sound, but at the same time there are enough modern influences to keep it from sounding dated, and the female frontwoman is an interesting touch for not feeling like a cheap gimmick to appeal to the femme-metal fans, who are marginally more bigoted than the sexist blokes.

      1. Dawn of Seasons
      2. Shell Shock
      3. Burn it Out
      4. Bare Bones
      5. Within the Solace
      6. Beast in the Field
      7. Legacy
      8. Nobodies Victim
      9. Balls to the Wall (Accept cover)
      10. Steel Rain
      11. Seasons of Tragedy

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Dawn Of Seasons
      2 Shell Shock
      3 Burn It Out
      4 Bare Bones
      5 Within The Solace
      6 Beast In The Field
      7 Legacy
      8 Nobodies Victim
      9 Balls To The Wall
      10 Steel Rain
      11 Seasons Of Tragedy
      12 Catch The Rainbow (Bonus Track)