Tag Archives: Black/Death from Edmonton Canada

Vile Insignia – Vile Insignia

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Vile Insignia, may not be the ‘vilest’ among the big names, but the band has surely some afflicted and commanding sound under their belt. Their debut and only affiliation, so far is the EP sharing the same title as the bands. Originating from Alberta, Canada, one of the provinces giving birth to bands such as Revenge, Antediluvian, Axis of Advance and such, Vile Insignia chose to walk a different path, a bit progressive approach to raw and filthy black/death metal. That’s how I’d describe the sound of the band and Yes, the sound is obviously unique than most other bands you have heard from that specific style.

1236078_693970887297098_522227774_nThe EP starts off straight with a killer death metal guitar riff before breaking into a malicious and evil tone that continues till it experiences a change in scales at around 2:08 seconds. An absolute start to a solid death/black record. As instated before, the tone has a progressive notch to it, you can frequently experience the dynamic shifts in guitar patterns. Wait, the guitar is not as much progressive you may think, (obviously not alike Enslaved or Opeth), the progression is just a breeze around. The guitarist Don Atkinson has some damn serious skills with his guitars, and his almost flawless efforts can be heard here and there throughout this 35 minutes piece. Some excellent riffs can be heard on tracks such as Creations of Disharmony (around 0:38, 4:02), Smoldering Remains on the Sky (around 2:57, 4:06). The intro riff on Morbid Tales of Bloodshed can easily remind one of the early era Swedish black metal bands, whereas the track Beneath the Frozen Soil has some OSDM influences (around 5:01). The tremendous efforts by the guitarists, however been understated by drums. The guitar patterns are solid and varied throughout the course, but the drums are not as good as guitars. The drums consist of mostly double kick playing with occasional blasts and slight variations. The drum lines keep the music at good pace all the time, but it’s just not up to the mark if I stay honest. The bass guitars, however stay under guitar all the times, and so to say, the bass is as good as guitars although you can hear them occasionally. The vocals are good, delivered with mostly screeches and partly the snarling voices. The production quality is satisfactory (for black/death metal of course!) but you can hear some mastering issues, which could be done right, however, for a debut EP, it’s not even a big deal.

So to say, Vile Insignia has a pretty solid start out to their journey. The self-titled EP has shown some enhanced musical understanding by the band with its four track overture. It’s recommended to the fans of black and death metal as well as to the people having affinity for some extreme progressive metal! If you have the EP available to you, GO FOR IT.

Recommended: Smoldering Remains of the Sky, Morbid Tales of Bloodshed.

Score: 78/100

By: Somber Oracle

Stream the EP from bandcamp:

Release Date: January 25th, 2013

Label: Self Released

Lineup:

Don Atkinson (Guitars)

Jesse Nyboe (Guitars)

Cody Emms (Vocals)

Devan (Bass)

Aaron Panich (Drums)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VileInsignia

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BEGRIME EXEMIOUS – PRIMEVAL SATELLITE

 

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It is doom and thrashy in the same time and eventually hits the black/death torment that partially describes the Canadians of Begrime Exemious. This is how their latest EP goes. Primeval Satellite was released this year’s late summer but it was recorded two years ago. And I must admit that the entire material reveals a feeling of something kept in a cave for a while. It has a kind of aggressiveness which seems that it might have been very well calculated, but I think it is all just natural because this is how old school death metal tends to sound like. Everything is slow and rough because there is no need to hurry while destroying something, you must enjoy it first.

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Things have changed a bit since their first full length, Impending Funeral of Man in terms of intensity. Yet their composition is based on a few contradictory details, but I think that this is part of their sense. Otherwise, the rhythm’s balance and the guitar tones are way better than what we could here on Visions of the Scourge. That is why Begrime Exemious deals with a constant evolution. Now their rawness is high-pitched and the melodic character is concentrated in beautiful solos and I will mention here the first song from this EP, Entrails & Barbed Wire and the fifth one, Bloodworms. It seems that the most serious track is Silent Observer Older Than Earth concerning musicality, being nothing more than a gloomy doom piece transformed in an easy-going declaration of death and horror. The levels of Primeval Satellite are pretty divers and so, the next song, Wolf Hound Bitch revolves around a nice groove emphasized by simple blasts.

The vocals and many riffs remind me of the Necrophagia vibe, especially that one from Cannibal Holocaust. Anyways, there are many parts that can be familiar for anyone who is into extreme metal, but the blending makes the element of surprise. Comparing with the peers of the Canadian black-death realm, Begrime Exemious succeeds to be quite natural, having all this range of influences disclosed in an interesting manner, a fact which makes them so alive.

The song that marks the end of this material it is a cover for the Nuclear War of Nuclear Assault and I find this admirable. It is such a good song that you can never refuse to go and listen to it once again, being in the know that is the same old killer thing with a new sound.

In view of these facts, I’m looking forward for a new full length from Begrime Exemious because it seems that this time they got something which is less ambiguous and so it became powerful. Also, a more devastating sound would be a better feature for their musical attack.”

Score: 77/100

By: Gina S.

Stream the entire album on Bandcamp:

Released on: August 18, 2014

LabelDark Descent Records

http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

Lineup:

D. Orthner – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
T. McClelland – Bass
L. Norland – Drums
F. Thibaudeau – Rhythm Guitar
B. Leland – Vocals

B. Symic – Additional Vocals

Homepage: http://begrime.orphy.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/begrimeexemious