Begrime Exemious | ‘Visions of the Scourge’
Western Canada has become something of a hotspot for interesting and left-field Death Metal as of late.
Since Blasphemy single-handedly put Vancouver on the underground metal map a a couple of decades ago, we’ve more recently had the likes of Antediluvian and Weapon bringing the sonic war from that region’s underground.
Begrime Exemious are cut from a slightly different cloth. Freewheel burning out of Edmonton, Alberta, they’ve got a clearly cut old-school vibe to them that’s as instant as it is gratifying.
There’s very little that’s revolutionary about ‘Visions of the Scourge’. We’re in decidedly blackened thrash territory for the most part, with fast and pounding riffwork being the standout feature of the band.
There’s a strong commitment to acidic vocals that’s to be praised, as the opener ‘Incestuous Servitude’ scrapes by. The quality drumming and tremolo-heavy guitar get the job done with admirable aggression.
In terms of comparisons, Aussie thrashers Gospel of the Horns often come to mind throughout the duration of the record, albeit with some more technical guitar excursions. Begrime can’t match their choruses, but a lot of the vibe is there.
What’s striking about ‘Visions of the Scourge’ is how nasty the tone is. It’s stripped right down to the bare bone for the most part. The guitar is literally popping out of the speakers at times, fizzing with fight and with a base of strong vocals backing it up.
There are moments where the record unavoidably comes across as something of a shake and bake affair. The ill-advised Amercian Psycho’ sample that kicks off ‘Chasm to Obscurity’ is a just a bit too clean and shiny, dropping things down from the violent and obscure uncomfortably into the My First Metal Sample zone.
Things are best exemplified on the likes of ‘Sacrament of Virgin Flesh’ – which is straight-up and simply goes for the throat.
It reflects the rough artwork with a perfectly acceptable gallop through five minutes of raging death thrash. The drumming might be a little restrained overall, but there’s plenty here for fans of the genre.
Not really cutting the inventiveness mustard like other bands from their neck of the woods, the record rings with a joyous old-school clang to it.
As stated, it’s rough and ready. One gets the impression that they’re still a young band, unable yet to really craft the songs a bit more for fear of losing the aggression.
That secondary quality is something they’ve really got in spades though, and that’s to be enjoyed.
3.1 / 5 ::: Lorcan Archer – 29/05/12