Berto : Begat The Nephilim is a completely unknown name to me, in the broadest sense of the word. The band name I cannot do anything with, but after some surfing on the internet there appeared to have been a great hype in the run-up to this debut album, which is named after the band itself. The technical death metal is very hectic at first hearing. Besides the drumming and the riffs, the vocals are also very varied. Ultra low or shrieking, vocalist Tyler Smith can do it all. He sometimes even conjures up a real Gollum imitation from out of nowhere. Although there are certainly influences from bands like Cattle Decapitation and Suffocation, the band also adds some creativity of their own to the songs. Small instrumental additions, such as a violin or a keyboard, purely for the coloring of the song. In 'Cardboard Casket', for example, a little piano just passes by. It is and remains brutal death metal, complicated but not entirely without some easy characteristics, so it remains a listenable whole even though there is room for improvement.
The album has become an ambitious project by wanting to combine technical death metal, deathcore and some small symphonic influences (like Obscura). Melody and brutality try to go hand in hand here, but the brutality of the deathcore influences prevail and that style is not known for its subtleties. Because of this, the songs do not always linger well and if that happens it is often not the catchy riff or a drum part, but the piano piece that you will remember. In the end it turned out to bea sometimes strong, but also somewhat chaotic album. If the band knows how to apply a little more structure and knows how to master the art of making choices, then it is almost inevitable that we will hear a lot from Begat The Nephilim.