A Flourishing Scourge is an all-original extreme progressive metal outfit hailing from the gloomy metropolis of Seattle, Washington. Inspired by a degrading society and the destructive negligence of man, AFS is a pummeling force of misanthropic visions and apocalyptic consequences while still finding rare, intimate moments of solace and hope amidst the carnage.
AFS began in 2013 under the original moniker Begotten, when Tye Jones and Josh Keifer discovered a shared taste in musical expression. They quickly began writing and recording demo material and were soon ready to seek out other members. Kevin Carbrey joined in 2014 and the band officially became A Flourishing Scourge. By 2015 Andrew Dennis completed the lineup and the band began establishing itself in the Seattle scene.
The band’s first EP, As Beauty Fades Away, was released in September 2015 on their own independent label, Begotten Records. The EP consists of the band’s four original demo tracks, re-recorded and performed by its full lineup.
In June of 2016, following the departure of original drummer Josh Keifer, the band entered Gojira’s Silver Cord Studio to record their full-length, eponymous debut A Flourishing Scourge. Engineered and mixed by Jamie Uertz (Gojira, Anthrax), the album features 8 original songs with drums recorded by Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Former Abigail Williams). The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and was released on the band’s own imprint, Begotten Records, in the Spring of 2017.