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A Dirty Dozen with CAMERON DUPERE from BEGAT THE NEPHILIM – November 2021

| 7 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Southern New Hampshire based blackened melodic death metallers BEGAT THE NEPHILIM release their full length Noble Demon debut II: The Grand Procession today! With a blend of heavy riffs, ripping solos and soaring guitar melodies, the band’s sophomore album is a fast & relentless blizzard of intensity and a true testament to powerful modern metal. Formed in 2012, BEGAT THE NEPHILIM have shared stages with high profile acts such as DEICIDE, KATAKLYSM, SOULFLY, SUICIDE SILENCE, NAPALM DEATH, SUFFOCATION, MORBID ANGEL and many more, as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US, such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. With their heavy yet melodic, anthemic and technically impressive sound, as well as their frenetic & chaotic live performances, the band successfully established a lasting impression on crowds across the US.” We get guitarist Cameron to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The album references material or motifs in previous songs somewhat frequently. The lead guitar melody from “Panegyric” reprises at the end of “Exsanguinated” or that most of “Leucomalachite Green” borrows heavily from “The Grand Procession” to help wrap up the album in a cohesive way, something new but still familiar. There are many nuggets like that hidden throughout the album as a bit of an Easter egg for those that spend some quality time with the record.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I got into music the way I imagine that most people do, just through exposure from the world around you and picking up artists and songs you enjoy along the way. As far as deciding to be a musician, that really just happened when I saw people my age starting to pick up instruments and play them at school or whatever. Before you know it Christmas was around the corner and I asked for a guitar and that’s where it all started for me.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

The Blizzard Of Ozz album by Ozzy Osbourne had a pretty profound effect on my musical development, particularly the song “Mr. Crowley.” Something about how sinister, lamenting and classically tinged the melodies were really moved me. Really any song off those first two Ozzy solo albums is just absolute gold. It’s a shame Randy Rhoads was lost so young but he did more with those 2 records than most can do in a lifetime.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Between The Buried And Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, Naglfar, Jason Becker, and Tom Waits.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would’ve loved to collaborate with John Prine, Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash. Even though they are no longer with us, something in that general wheelhouse would be very fun for me as I love all of that kind of stuff.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I honestly dislike having to try to describe what we do, it’s so all over the place but when you hear it, it makes sense. But if I had to call it anything I’d say we are a melodeath band with brutality and black metal leanings. People like to say a lot of things, I try my best not to pay attention but once in a review it was stated it sounds like we have power metal influence, which is funny because no one in the band listens to that kind of music, no disrespect, just not our bag.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The best thing about being a musician is having a positive outlet with which you can express yourself and make connections with other people who you may not have encountered otherwise.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Tyler is getting the drinks in and I’m probably helping, Brendan is cookin’ and I’m not one for singalongs but I guess as a guitar player that is my cross to bear.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

We recently completed a US tour with Deicide and on the second day Glen Benton pulled up a chair next to me and a couple other fellas and started chatting, it was so surreal in the best way. If you told me when I was 16 that this was gonna happen I wouldn’t have believed you.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

If I wasn’t a musician I would definitely be in a gutter somewhere. I used to love drawing and making art when I was younger so probably something artistic.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I don’t believe so. I try not to dwell on things so I wouldn’t change a thing even if the outcome was unaffected.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Like I mentioned earlier Blizzard Of Ozz was a big one for me so seeing Oz and Randy in the studio would be unbelievable. Van Halen I would be insane as well. As far as Blizzard Of Ozz it was just the first record that I really lost myself in. You just want to spend time in that world those songs exist in and never come out.

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