Begrime Exemious – Visions Of The Scourge

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Reviewed: September 2012
Released: 2012, Dark Descent Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 2

About once (or twice) a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;

Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)
Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)
Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)
Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)
Ze (Calgary, Alberta)

Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Last month we featured:

Demona (Quebec)
Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)
Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)
Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)
Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)
Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)


Begrime Exemious has been kicking around Edmonton and Alberta for quite a few years and earlier in the spring released their second full-length album. I’ve seen them a number of times over the years and recently bought their disc at a local gig for the Calgary Metal Fest. The new, 8-track, 50+ minute album is called VISIONS OF THE SCOURGE and is on Dark Descent Records. Actually it’s only about 47 minutes but there is a hidden bonus track on the back end. It’s a cover tune by a Death Metal band but I won’t spoil the surprise for you, you’ll have to buy it and hear it for yourself. The presentation is quite good, it comes with a nice 8-page booklet, black and white, lyrics and a few photos as well.

Begrime Exemious play an impressive sort of Death/Black hybrid of the style that is quite popular in the region. It’s not just ultra-speed and not laden with groove (Thank Satan) but they are heavy as hell. The band sounds fast and mean with a certain sloppy feel, never getting to technical. VISIONS OF THE SCOURGE rolls along, pretty relentlessly, most of the songs take a few good ideas and run with them instead of incessant stop-starts and weird time signatures. The solos are competent but not flashy, in fact the solos are mixed a bit farther back. The vocals are pretty damn harsh giving the album an extra air of intensity. It’s certainly a nod to the classic sound of really early Black Metal when there was still a bit of Death Metal and punk influence all mixed in. Stand out tracks in my mind are ‘Vengeance Bestowed’ and the last cut, ‘Relic Of Befouled Incanatations’ where they slow it down just a fraction of a hair, for a moment. VISIONS OF THE SCOURGE is well worth buying if you are a fan of sincere, non-calculated, Death/Black Metal. Oh, in case you were wondering, Exemious means ‘excellent’, which in this case fits rather well.


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Track Listing:
1. Incestuous Servitude
2. Oath of Impiety
3. Chasm to Obscurity
4. The Vault of Ancient Bone & Poison Saliva
5. Perverted Decadence Churning
6. Sacrament of Virgin Flesh
7. Vengeance Bestowed
8. Relic of Befouled Incantations

D. Orthner Guitars
T. McClelland Bass
L. Norland Drums