Begrime Exemious - The Enslavement Conquest - Review





The riff is and always will be the core of metal and rock music. It may be simple, it may be technical, but it will always be the riff that will catch our attention, make us jump along with the music, drink a few beers and have fun. One could argue about the other, more spiritual and experimental approach, where the riff may take a secondary role and I am down with it. I like both, when they are done with inspiration and conviction.

Begrime Exemious belong to the first, large category of composition. They are a straight forward riffocentric band and it can be immediately understood from the very first song.  A punk aesthetic fills your ears, riffs fly and the aggressiveness is expressed in a way that feels fun and enjoyable. “The Enslavement Conquest” is a fun, punkish black/death metal album. 

10 songs and almost 50 minutes of unstoppable riff menace make “The Enslavement Conquest” an album that I am certain it should be felt at a concert, if someone wants to experience the full dynamic of it. They play music best suited for live performances and it is all because of the riffs. The production is helping in communicating a feeling of an audio torrent moving towards you. It feels loose, but it is not, it feels punk, but it is not. The composition is simple but successful and the riffs have the necessary murkiness and groove. At times it brings to mind a certain British death metal band.

Right at the middle of the album there is a slow and doomy song that allows the listener to stretch and relax. A well placed song, since the minor problem in this type of albums is that a continuous aggressiveness may tire the listener. Then we have the cover of “Impending Diabolical Conquest” from Incantation, which may feel like it doesn’t fit in the album, since their style is different, but it shows the genre’s fluidity. It doesn’t feel misplaced, since it has the same aesthetics with the rest of the album.


Begrime Exemious is a concert band, for that I am certain. Their strong and memorable riffs and aggressive composition make them suitable for mosh, beer and circle pit dancing. While I may sit, with my head phones, in a calm and familiar environment while listening to “The Enslavement Conquest”, air guitaring and moshing feels the most natural expression. It tells me to go out and drink a few beers and while I am at it, headbang with friends. It tells me of the origin of death metal. And if I was to explain it in two words, then: Darkness and fun, my friends! Darkness and fun!

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