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Benea Reach: Possession

Nordic explorers set the template for djent 2.0

Though the Meshuggah influence of palm-muted riffing anchors each track on Possession, there is far too much going on in Benea Reach’s adventurous third album for them to be lumped in with the rest of the djent scene.

Opener Woodland stacks majestic guitar lines and layers of keys atop a vortex of rhythmic precision, while the expansive The Mountain demonstrates Benea Reach’s knack for delivering a gripping chorus. They sound formidable when unleashing their full arsenal of riffs on Nocturnal and the seismic breakdown on Constellation, but sound equally impressive when morphing into the more considered Desolate and the exquisite Aura.

However, it’s the centrepiece, Crown, that encompasses everything that makes Possession such a startling achievement, melding heaviness and haunting beauty with deft ease.

Rugby, Sean Bean and power ballad superfan Adam has been writing for Hammer since 2007, and has a bad habit of constructing sentences longer than most Dream Theater songs. Can usually be found cowering at the back of gigs in Bristol and Cardiff. Bruce Dickinson once called him a 'sad bastard'.