Bekor Qilish – The Flesh Of A New God

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If you like your death metal to make you question the boundaries of both genre and reality, then Bekor Qilish is the perfect fit for you. This is mind altering, weirdo extreme metal at its finest, as it casually blends together technical death metal with black metal, dissonant death and prog metal, all with an avant-garde flair. Overall I rank this as one of the best extreme metal releases of 2023 and have secured this band a spot in the “keep an eye on these guys” section of my brain. If you like your music to be objectively strange but utterly captivating then I promise you, this is an album that you shouldn’t miss.

Artist: Bekor Qilish

Album: The Flesh Of A New God

Label: I, Voidhanger Records

Release Date: September 22nd, 2023

Location: Milan, Italy

Genre: Progressive Technical Black/Death Metal

Written by James Sweetlove

If you like your death metal to make you question the boundaries of both genre and reality, then Bekor Qilish is the perfect fit for you. This is mind altering, weirdo extreme metal at its finest, as it casually blends together technical death metal with black metal, dissonant death and prog metal, all with an avant-garde flair.

Right off the bat listeners will be hit by discordant, gnarled riffage and bass work that twists and turns through various unusual time signatures. In between these bouts of dissonance though we are treated to segments of catchier, more melodic riffs and hooks. However, these are short lived and we launch into highly technical, mind blowing segments that are somehow also atmospheric in parts. To summarise, you never know what will come next on The Flesh Of A New God, so my main advice is to just let go, enjoy the ride and see where the album takes you.

As impressive as all of that is, it all becomes that much more mind blowing when you realise that everything you’re hearing was created by a single person. I say created because Andrea Bruzzone (the mind behind the project) wrote all of the music and lyrics on the album, as well as handling vocals and synths. However on this album he was joined by a full band to bring his vision to life unlike the project’s debut release Throes Of Death From The Dreamed Nihilism.

I have to give some special praise to the bass work on the album – thank you Otus Rex – as its some of the best I’ve heard so far this year. Its also highly varied, running from a higher tuned almost prog rock style to a heavier but still crisp tech death sound to my personal favourite, filthy rumbling downtuned goodness that almost reminds me of the bass on Mayhem’s Chimera. If I’m giving praise to the bass then I have to give some to the guitar work too, which is honestly extremely impressive and highly varied. You’ll find everything from face-meltingly complex technical work, to catchy headbangable melodic work to atmosphere focused, softer offerings.

The vocals also require some praise as they are a key part of what makes the album so great. Stylistically we get a dual vocal offering of both a guttural death metal style and a rawer, more biting black metal style. The back and forth between the two keeps things fresh and exciting and each serves their purpose expertly. I would be remise if I also didn’t mention how impactful the synth elements are on this album and the amount of depth and complexity that they add to overall sound of the band. They also tie in perfectly with the more prog rock elements woven into the album.

Overall I rank this as one of the best extreme metal releases of 2023 and have secured this band a spot in the “keep an eye on these guys” section of my brain. If you like your metal to be objectively strange but utterly captivating then I promise you, this is an album that you shouldn’t miss.

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