After years of anticipation Begat The Nephilim’s debut album is finally here. The Surreptitious Prophecy/Mother Of The Blasphemy is a gruesome and twisted labyrinth of gloom. Filled with daunting instrumentals and bleak atmosphere, it mesmerizes you in the most chilling way. This album explores many different directions but can be held as an instant classic by black metal and melodeath fans. From symphonic interludes to pig squeals to epic guitar solos, there’s something in this album for every metal fan.
Every song alone is strong and can be praised for how they’re written. My personal favorite part about this album however is that it is feels like a true and professional album. It follows a story, paces itself really nice, and flows like a river. It is an odyssey start to finish but it is a journey that’ll leave you wanting more. Songs like “Anasazi” and “Mobin” are heavy hitters while others such as “Grimoire of Cryptid” strike you with haunting emotion. This album lures you in with its obscurity and then finishes you off like a massage therapist who needs some extra cash.
The production, mix, and mastering, done by Anthony Lusk Simone at Zen-beast Studios, is absolutely crisp. Every single note is legible even at its most extreme moments. Cam Dupere’s solos really shine through and highlight each song. The rhythm sections are super fast, catchy, and laden with fascinating drums. Although this is a very definitive modern extreme metal album, there are a lot of hints and moments that sound straight out of 2007. The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For A Cowboy, Despised Icon, etc. all have their slight hand of influence on this.
This is one album you need to listen to. In the past few years there has been a absence of great metal albums. The Surreptitious Prophecy/Mother Of The Blasphemy has definitely helped fill that void. From pure brutality to melancholic beauty, it is an album to fall in deep love with.
Favorite Song: Mobin
2. Cardboard Casket
5. Perfect Place To Die
6. Fervor For Flesh
8. Grimoire of Cryptid
9. Apotheosis of the Apocalypse, Pt. 1: In the Shadow of the Nephilim
10. Apotheosis of the Apocalypse, Pt. 2: Dawn of the Nephilim
FFO: The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation, Fleshgod Apocalypse
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Anthony Lusk Simone at Zen-beast Studios
Artwork by Sam Nelson
Out June 15th through Unholy Anarchy Recordings!
Zenbeast Audio- https://www.facebook.com/ZenBeastAudio/
Sam Nelson- https://www.facebook.com/StigmaArt/