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The Dutch black metal band Unbenign is a relatively new formation but it includes seasoned musicians who have performed with such bands as Prostitute Disfigurement, Centurian, and Nox, and their line-up was rounded out by Michiel van der Plicht (Carach Angren, Pestilence, ex-God Dethroned), who played session drums on their debut album and also handled the recording, mixing, and mastering. That album is self-titled and is now set for co-release by Satanath Records and Asgard Hass Productions on April 16th.


Unbenign have proclaimed that both lyrically and musically they drew their inspiration from second-wave black metal from the early ’90s, with a mission to create ferocious, in-your-face assaults as a means of channeling their frustrations with modern-day society. Their music is indeed ferocious, but it’s a lot more than that as well, as you’ll discover by listening to the song from the album that we’re premiering today. Its name is “The Untenanted Epoch“.


What comes through in this new song is not merely teeth-bared aggression but ranging melodies of emotionally evocative power. Relying more on rocking rhythms than blasting tirades, the song is also propulsive in viscerally captivating ways. The music of decades past may have inspired Unbenign, but their music doesn’t sound like a re-tread.


A swath of electronics opens the song, creating an atmosphere of grim tension, a fittingly dark and dire prelude to the dismal and pernicious tones of the corrosive slashing riff that follows. The momentum of the song drives through increasingly vivid rocking beats, and its intensity swells through furious screams and bright, flaring guitars that cascade high above.


Undeniably bleak, the music is nevertheless fiery. The rising and falling leads sound defiant. The drums blast and the chords become feverish, seemingly blending moods of defiance and defeat in sweeping fashion. Feral and ferocious, those raking guitars and turbulent rocking drums reappear and will keep your head moving, even as the whirring leads continue to radiate beleaguered and downcast refrains.


Satanath Records recommends the album for fans of Marduk, Gorgoroth, Dissection, Mayhem, Bathory, Burzum, and Darkthrone. The cover artwork is by Bram Bruyneel, and the logo was created by Christophe Szpajdel.


We’ve also included a stream of the gripping first-released song from the album, “Inhabit My Flesh“, which is free to download at Satanath‘s Bandcamp.




Unbenign  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2022  album  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Asgaard  Hass  Producitons.




  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.




  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  album,  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  song  is  also  a  keyboard  orientated  instrumental.




  Unbenign  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  devilry,  Satanism,  darkness  and  grimness  themes.




  In  my  opinion  Unbenign  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.





Dutch band Unbenign are out with the album "Unbenign", and extreme metal is the style explored on this production. This is more of an old school creation in terms of the music as well as the sound aesthetics, with a bit of a closed in, lo-fi sounding production and music that is a bit more primal in spirit and execution. Hard, pacefilled and intense sequences is the order of the day here, with the guitar solo runs a sharp and cutting presence and the vocals stick to a harsh but also relatively calm manner of delivery. The band will drop the pace and intensity a bit at times though, most prominently on concluding cut 'The Untenanted Epoch' which perhaps is a bit closer to thrash or traditional heavy metal and which feature a nice majestic surge that appears a couple of times throughout the song. A production that to my ears should have it's strongest appeal among those who treasure old school extreme metal in form and execution and with the sound aesthetics that fits those premises.