ONCE BEGOTTEN - Plague of Misanthropy
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Self financed
YEAR: November 11th, 2011
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Once Begotten
Once Begotten is a Dutch five-piece located in the city of Amersfoort. The band plays death metal mixed with bits and pieces of black metal. There's nothing different atypical about the music. It's all been done before, but in spite of that there are interesting things going on in the songs.
As you've probably guessed the music is above all conventional, but it has enough diversity not to be boring. The song-writing is good. There are a fair amount of catchy riffs and parts. Especially "Asthma Nocturnum" and "The Hammer of Mortals" are catchy. Overall there's a fine contrast between the fast and the slow in the songs. But it does profit the music when the band gear up a notch or two. I spot hints to thrash metal now and then. It seems most obvious on "Asthma Nocturnum" and "Bound to Eternal Agony".
It's clear that the music rely on an array of different inspirations. The band is good at using the different inputs without the music getting a mess. Plague of Misanthropy is a good demo. Of course there are always things that could be better, but on the whole I think the Dutchmen are on the right way.