Written by: Blackie Skulless
Coming from the cooler lands of Minnesota is a fresh project of thrash and death proportions known as Begravement. Considering how young these kids are, they definitely have an ear for abrasive fronts and classic tactics, managing to get out a demo-quality EP early this year known, in turn, as Conjuring The Necromancer. Notably, there’re also some slight hints at progressive-leaning writing.
With all of that in mind, it is obviously pretty rookie. This is nearly a half hour of extremely unhinged layering at depths that are sometimes difficult to measure. By that I mean it’s a bit uneven in spots between bass and lead/rhythm precedence. On the bright side, the hooks are plenty sharp, such as the simpler rhythms in the title track, as well as its bridge. “Opaque Malevolence” is also a more straightforward one that was stronger in this regard, emulating thrashy passages that make up the better parts of this disc.
As far as the intricacies go, Conjuring The Necromancer is hit or miss. The back half of the title track nails this with the effects, and “Destroying Angel” is a monster of a song. The bass lines in this one in particular pop out hard, which is where the poor mastering quality can actually be of help. Others feel a bit forced, like the opener “To The Grave,” due to unclear vocal direction. However, stuff like this is expected so early on.
It’s always nice to discover projects like this. There’s definitely some needed growth as far as delivery, and tightening down some of the writing wouldn’t hurt. But the general idea here is pretty stellar, especially from a band so young, and the ability to churn out some of these leads so nicely is going to do wonders down the road.
Begravement - Conjuring The Necromancer was released Jan. 29, 2021. Check it out here!
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