Review: Coffins – March of Despair

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Reviews
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Coffins are a band I have a huge respect for. I first became aware of them after they released ‘Buried Death’ in 2008. They play dirty, down tuned filthy death metal with none of this modern tech death guitar wankery chaos. Its simple but brutally effective.

‘March of Despair’ is exactly that, a murky five track EP that chainsaws its way through the listener, part sludgy Autopsy, part buzzing Entombed, all awesome. Opening track ‘Till Dawn of the Doomsday’ is a dirty rumble through prime early Death and Massacre territory, before ‘Grotesque Messiah’ grabs your battered corpse and barrels headlong through razor wire riffing. It ends with a crashing, crushing breakdown that sounds like doom itself.

‘Carpet of Bones’ has Celtic Frost shot through its veins, complete with referential ‘URGH’ at the start. It’s a seven minute trawl through sewage and filth, led by some tar thick Autopsy style riffing and the creeping mid section is just tasty. Its difficult to slip something like that into what is essentially an old school death metal record and not come across as disjointed. Coffins pull it off because their focus is the atmosphere which it creates. Their death metal is primeval (not primitive), a lesson in the construction of murk and horror. Too many death metal bands these days are razor sharp, clear and vicious. That’s all well and good but death metal is supposed to sound nasty. It’s supposed to sound like its crawling from the mud ready to tear you apart and feast on your innards. Coffins have this feeling in spades. ‘In Bloody Sewage’ is one of the best track names for a death metal song I’ve ever heard, and is another creative high mark. The EP closes with a Death cover, and of course it’s first record Death (Corpsegrinder).

Coffins are a band that slay, and their sludgy, raw take on death metal is refreshingly awesome. Pick up this, or their new record ‘The Fleshland’

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