BY Dr. Abner Mality

On the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, Binah is the second node or “sephiroth”. It stands for “understanding” or “knowledge”. That indicates that this band, as heavy as they are, are after something more than just zombies and serial killers. It’s been about 6 years since I first encountered these guys and was greatly impressed by them. I thought they were a one shot deal. Happily, I was wrong.

The base foundation of Binah’s sound is the old Swedish death metal crunch we’ve grown to love over the years. The guitars growl and vibrate with all the ferocity of Grave or Carnage. But unlike many bands sporting that chainsaw guitar sound, Binah’s riffs and song structures don’t ape the favorites of the past. They have a moodier and more thought out style to them. That helps make “Phobiate” a record worth your attention.

There’s no shortage of death metal savagery on the likes of “Waves of Defacement” and “Consuming Repulse”,  but the excellent instrumental “Transmissions From Beneath” and the haunting, moody “Bleaching” which opens almost like a post-metal tune are something a little different than the boilerplate Swe-death we get so much of. “The Silent Static” is pretty complex and tosses a lot of riffs and time changes, but it’s still as heavy as a mountain.

Binah are back to shake things up again and all devotees of thinking man’s death metal are advised to hop aboard.