In Review: Beggar – Compelled To Repeat


Compelled To Repeat

APF Records

3rd April 2020

FFO: Eyehategod, Iron Monkey, Napalm Death, Morbid Angel

Recorded with Wayne Adams (responsible for recent works by Green Lung, 11Paranoias and Terminal Cheesecake) at Bear Bites Horse, London and mastered by the master of noise himself, James Plotkin (Sunn O))), ISIS, Pelican and Earth) the album is a fuming tornado of aggression and frustration.

Emerging from the nihilistic quagmire of London, four-piece BEGGAR propound a kind of sludge-meets-extreme-metal pandemic of tar thick riffs and groove, blasts, emotional vocal discharge, and genre-bending brutality. Right the outset Blood Moon thunders through with an almighty blast of despair but hidden amongst it all is one catchy as hell riff, Anaesthete follows along the same path with my personal favorite The Cadaver Speaks is up next – at this point just over 10 minutes and at least of one my senses is enjoying the experience even if the others are trying to cope with the assault on them.

Black Cloud is not only the title of the next track but if I had to subject another human to this album I would probably choose this just to show them that when I say this debut has levels of savagery they would actually believe me. Trepanned Head Stares at the Sun is followed by the eerie Custody of the Eyes which is so short that it doesn’t prepare you for the juggernaut that is Tenantless the Graves Why Beggar Why ? have we not suffered enough already !!.

Matryoshka Brain picks you up on the bed of nails it’s thrown you into and dumps you one last time for the final and title track Compelled To Repeat. The journey is over and I don’t know whether I need a hug or a really stiff drink.

The band comments: The album title, Compelled To Repeat, refers to Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle in which he writes that the way that people process traumatic events or general bad shit is to repress it, but that it then surfaces periodically through a compulsion to repeat things in an involuntary means of working through that trauma. We also use this idea to refer to other compulsions to repeat that people experience in their daily lives (addiction, church, office work, Britain’s nostalgia for Empire, everyone’s daily commute…).

Compelled To Repeat is a devastatingly raw listening experience, seeking to leave the listener with real scars & I hate to point out the obvious about things being bleak right now but Beggar’s debut only adds to this with a huge slab of sludged savagery.

4 out of 5 Skulls

Charlie Davis – Vox/Bass
Jake Leyland – Guitars/Backup Vox
Abe Whitworth – Guitars
Bertrand Sautier – Drums

1) Blood Moon 
2) Anaesthete
3) The Cadaver Speaks
4) Black Cloud 
5) Trepanned Head Stares at the Sun
6) Custody of the Eyes
7) Tenantless the Graves
8) Matryoshka Brain
9) Compelled to Repeat

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