Deathcore Band Beguiler Releases New Single To Raise Awareness On Indigenous Issues
Deathcore band BEGUILER has released a new single, “Unrepentant”, intending to raise awareness on indigenous issues and promote donations to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The track discusses the discovery of many unmarked graves on or near the sites of former residential schools across Canada and the United States.
The band will be selling an exclusive merch design via their web store and at shows, with the proceeds going to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. BEGUILER has opened for acts such as INGESTED, BRAND OF SACRIFICE, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, AVERSIONS CROWN, RINGS OF SATURN, BLACK TONGUE, THE LAST TEN SECONDS OF LIFE & more. As well as releasing 4 ‘EP’s since late 2018, this also marks the first single off of their upcoming debut LP.
“Unrepentant” is a fast-paced track that is equally relentless in both lyrics and music. The song highlights the importance of separating church and state, discussing the atrocities that occurred across Canada within the residential schools administered by the church. In Canada, there are currently more than 1800 confirmed or suspected unmarked graves that have been identified. It’s an ongoing issue, along with all the other acts of neglect and abuse against indigenous people. The band uses the song to discuss the hypocrisy of the whole system based on the actions of those in charge and question the morals they like to guide others with. These are the main points the song touches on, whilst still leaving room for interpretation from the listener.
“I felt compelled to write a lyrical composition that digs at the hypocrisy of religious figures holding political power, whilst our government takes minimal accountability in order to save face.” says the band’s vocalist, Jacob Cooledge. Guitarist Scott Thoms added, “It just feels like not enough people are willing to talk about these issues. I really hope that this track can spark these conversations and that people are willing to stop turning a blind eye.” The band wants to emphasize the principles of the Canadian Residential School system were already unjust. “The reality is even worse than many knew about. Systematic murder and abuse is not something a church or government should feel they can hide from.” says bassist Gord Cameron.
Looking to raise awareness and support for survivors, as well as family members affected by the residential school system, BEGUILER created a shirt to coincide with the release of the single, with proceeds going directly to the NCTR. Those interested in purchasing a long-sleeve “Unrepentant” shirt can do so at Beguiler.Bigcartel.com, or at one of their upcoming shows listed below. You can also donate directly to the NCTR via https://bit.ly/NCTRdonationform. The track was released on all digital platforms on May 26th, 2023. You will find it on their debut LP, which the band plans to release later this fall.
June 10 | London | Dundas & Sons
June 17 | Newmarket | Carter Brown Memorial Show – The Jam Spot
June 23 | Windsor | Chelsea Underground
June 24 | Toronto | Tail of Junction
June 25 | Ottawa | The Dominion Tavern
“Nasty bro, this band FUCKS.” – Chris Fronzak of Attila
“Beguiler continues to show us why they are one of the premiere deathcore bands in the local scene.” – Marcus Arar of Canadian Beats
“These guys have a unique sound that can’t help but make you want to mosh.” – Screams Media
More about BEGUILER:
Toronto-based Deathcore act Beguiler is a 4-piece behemoth, with their most recent EP Etterath, establishing a sound of aggression and darkness in Canada’s underground scene. The band is an advocate for those suffering from depression. As well as those suffering from deceitful practices done politically, or personally.
The group was officially formed in 2014. Struggles with mental health within the band in the early years led to some tough setbacks, making the band’s future seem unlikely to happen. “Mental health awareness is a huge issue. It was misdiagnoses and prescriptions written that shouldn’t have been written. Ultimately making not only this band seem impossible, but also our everyday lives.” explains frontman Jacob Cooledge.
The band began to record their debut EP in early 2017. The EP titled Born Under A Bad Sign sat unreleased for almost two years. Jacob explained “The band lost touch with what we really wanted. My mother also became unexpectedly sick, near death, from an infection. She made what seemed to be a full recovery. Then right before she was to go home from the hospital, her kidneys and liver failed.” It was at age 21 he unexpectedly lost his mother having to decide to take her off life support after roughly 72 hours. As 2018 came to a close, BEGUILER released Born Under A Bad Sign. They have been consistently releasing music and playing shows ever since, and constantly working to expand their reach.
BEGUILER has continued to keep pushing their musical craft with their 4 ‘EP’s. Now they are preparing to release their debut full-length album, with “Unrepentant” being the first single released. The band has stated “This album is BEGUILER at its darkest and most melancholic. Relentless melodic tremolo riffage spliced with spontaneous and heart-stopping breakdowns. Shining a light on those that aim to deceive, betray, and coerce others. Touching on subject matters from government malfeasance to personal relationships being destroyed by underhandedness.”
They now strive to have their act looked at as an outlet and a reminder that we all suffer, but don’t have to suffer alone. The act has been known to draw influences from genuine human emotion. When asked about their influences, acts stated would be CARNIFEX, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, AVERSIONS CROWN, and many more.
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