Begrime Exemious, Rotting in the Aftermath (Dark Descent 2022)

Rotting in the Aftermath is the fourth full-length album from Edmonton’s Begrime Exemious.

Begrime Exemious is a Canadian heavy metal band that formed in 2005. They have had a rich recording career, counting three long-players, four EPs, a couple of splits, a demo, and even more than that. They have been a bit quiet on the recording front recently, with their previous full-length album, The Enslavement Conquest, coming out in 2016. The music is a kind of death metal ~ black metal crossover with plenty of catchy entreaties to draw your gaze. The band is Derek Orthner (vocals, guitar), Franky Thibaudeau (guitar, vocals), Alasdair Rintoul (bass), and Lee Norland (drums).

“Cruel Mistress” rolls out a serious presentation to get the set going. Determined, driving riffs swing the hook first to lay the groundwork for the growling vocals that follow. The lead guitar argument is convincing, then we are back onto the metal-forging framework. “Breach The Stronghold” follows, and the pace picks up a tick, as does the urgency. The rhythm inveigles and before you know it, you’re cooked. This is an excellent start and a good introduction to the band if you haven’t heard them before.

“Infected Mind” offers an extremely dreary view of the world gazing into the abyss (or the other way around, maybe). Doom tones cloak the sullen atmosphere while the guitars do their dastardly work. “As Bodies Collapse” has a more of dark theater to it, painting the edges with flourishes and sinister nods and creating an intricate design.

No matter the track, there is a nudging stroke in every song, propelling it forward and taking you along for the ride. You can count on a feast for your senses – both aural and mental – in every chapter of this book. Recommended.

Rotting in the Aftermath is out on Friday, July 8th through Dark Descent Records. Have a look at their on-line shop at the link below.


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Begrime Exemious, Rotting in the Aftermath (Dark Descent 2022)