Benea Reach is a band that most people in the US would not be familiar with except by familiarity with associated acts like Extol. The more's the shame. This band has featured extremely tight composition showcasing extreme rhythmic complexity, harsh and jarring resolves, and haunting melodies. Possession is no exception.
The severely down-tuned guitars, boosted mids and clipped lows, and the use of percussive muting will instantly remind savvy listeners of Meshuggah and other bands that play in the self-identified genre of "djent." It would be a mistake to stop there. In Possession, Benea Reach introduces progressive atmospheric ambience to their tracks in sharp contrast with the grinding heaviness of the guitars. The presence of the guitars feels almost like a human mark on the natural world of the ambience in tracks like Aura.
The musicianship immediately stands out. The vocals, both screamed and sang, demonstrate extreme skill and pleasure to the ear. The percussion constantly surprises with off-beat fills and extremely heavy syncopation. The guitars seem deceptively simple at the surface, however, complex rhythms and subtle, muted leads underscore the entire experience. The bass fills out the sound and punctuates the low end chugging.
This album exceeded my already high expectations and it will exceed yours too.