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'Visions Of The Scourge'
(Dark Descent Records)

jools green

'Visions Of The Scourge', the second full length and follow up album to 2010s 'Impending Funeral of Man' from Canadian blackened death Metallers Begrime Exemious is one of those albums that the more you listen, the more you like because it reveals more of itself to you.

begrime exemious visions of the scourge

It has a raw, primitive and almost filthy, under produced sound reminiscent of early 90s black Metal that is rich with energy and aggression whilst still maintaining the strong death influence. The vocals also have a raw gargling growl which is dirty, aggressive and effective.

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Opening with 'Incestuous Servitude', this starts with atmosphere building guitar riffs before bursting into musical mayhem and enough tempo change to make you dizzy. I loved the haunting slow riff that drops in to accompany the choruses before returning to the mayhem. An exciting start to the album.

Next up is 'Oath Of Impiety', initially slower but picking up the pace after the first minute. A dirty distorted delight.

'Chasm To Obscurity' has a spoken intro, followed by a drum roll which merges with the haunting opening guitars before the tortured strangled vocals emerge.

Also opening on a drum roll, 'The Vault Of Ancient Bone And Poison Saliva' is raw and aggressive yet catchy and is one of my favourite tracks. There is excellent use of tempo change to build atmosphere and the dirty distorted guitars are particularly effective and well executed.

The next track, 'Perverted Decadence Churning' has some good riffs going on in and 'Sacrament Of Virgin Flesh' has a hypnotic guitar segment at the start and I like the way the vocals and music seem to bounce off each other on this track.

The final track, 'Relic Of Befouled Incantations' I thought was going to be an epic fifteen minute monster. It starts at a manic pace and has a catchy exchange between the vocals and guitars which tails off towards the end to a more sedate reflective pace and ends at six and a half minutes and then when you are wondering just what is going on, at the twelve minute mark a hidden track emerges. Excellent!

Overall I think that 'Visions Of The Scourge' is a good and listenable album, with a lot of interest and appeal. Initially I made the mistake of listening to it too quietly but once I cranked the volume up a few notches, all was revealed.

I think that anyone who likes evil, riff-based death Metal with a retro blackened influence should enjoy this.

'Visions Of The Scourge' is out now on Dark Descent Records.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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