Benestrophe: Auric Fires
- Future Tense
- Base of Brutality
- H.I.V. (Test Positive)
- Disbelief (The Quest)
- Auric Fires
- Sleep Tonight (Remix)
- Britches (A.L.F.)
- Farewell My Love
- Liberty City
Benestrophe return with their first truly new album since the band broke up
prior to the birth of Mentallo & The Fixer. With just a quick listen, one can
easily notice the musical growth that the Dassing brothers have made between
albums, and how dismal the vocals of Rich Mendez have remained. Both the delay
and the effects on Rich's voice border on annoyance throughout the album as
they remain flat and constant totally without depth or poise. As a result, his
vocals remain dull, monotone, and mechanical on every track. Luckily, Gary
Dassing contributes vocals to 'Base of Brutality' and there are a handful of
instrumental tracks on the album to keep it becoming a dismal failure.
Musically, "Auric Fires" is what we have come to respect from the Dassing
brothers and should please both Mentallo and previous Benestrophe fans alike.
However Rich Mendez needs to desperately do something with his vocals because
the vocals treatments he uses are getting really old and cliche.
Rich Mendez - vocals, treatments
Dwayne Dassing - sound programming, sequencing
Gary Dassing - sequencing, effects, tapes, vocals
Ras Dva Records
407 Vine St.
Last Modified: Monday, 24-Sep-2012 16:49:19 MST