I’ve been watching Georgia’s death metal band Father Befouled for quite sometime now after hearing many great things about this band and truth be told I was extremely impressed by how amazing these musicians came together to forge and established fantastic pieces of death metal. My first introduction to this band was hearing the 2017’s fourth full-length recording of Desolate Gods which was a album that portrayed such chaotic, darkened and furious musical abilities to make the old school death metal movement feel stronger and polished than ever before. Now fast forward to 2022 they’ve signed with Everlasting Spew Records and has this album met my expectations and lived up to the follow-up of Desolate Gods? Honestly, it most certainly did.
Crowned In Veneficum is without question the band’s ambitious, thunderous, aggressive and artistic material they’ve ever done in their career since they’ve been active as a band formed in 2006. If you’re familiar with old school death metal with a hint of modernized flair, this album is described as punishable, doomed, oppressive, explosive, paranoid, hopeless, grinding and claustrophobic as they’ve contributed themselves within the extreme metal scene this is serious top notch musical material. From the band’s black metal inspired guitar riffage, picked progression chords, chaotic blast beat drumming and disgusting vocal deliveries the members from Father Befouled have done such a remarkable job balancing the album’s well mixed production and rightfully outdone themselves musically to bring out innovation and inspiration for death metal to such great heights. If you love Incantation, Immolation, Dead Congregation and Funebrarum you will definitely be in a treat to hear such a well done album that is known Crowned In Veneficum. An absolute behemoth of a album that will make every death metal fan leave with pure satisfaction.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Jake Butler