Album Review: Coffins – The Fleshland
Posted by Reggie
The menacing intro lasted for a little over two minutes. It started with sound effects like muffled war noises in the background as if you were listening through an empty Campbell’s Soup can. It went on for about a minute. Then the next minute or so was compiled of heavy doomy riffs – with a sky-is-falling presence. It wasn’t too fast or too slow…just right! A nice mid-tempo cadence kicks in around 2:05 and then the some of the deepest growls I have ever heard take full force. The song gradually builds momentum with its headbanging cadence…not encroaching warp speed which is what I expected, just hanging in the balance between thrash and death metal, but heavier on the death. The vocals are largely unintelligible, but it doesn’t matter because I am realizing the sheer brutality is capturing my full attention…hook, line, and sinker. Then the guitar solo hits and it’s almost like a stoner-style solo embedded around all this death and doom. And, somehow it works; it just takes the song to a new level. Here Comes Perdition regains the steam it had after that hellish intro. The song concludes at 6:41 and, in short, I’m sold.
The Fleshland is the latest release from Coffins which is out now worldwide. The Japanese outfit is brutal though relying on simplicity. Their songs are not overly complicated, yet they manage to incorporate doomy riffs with other elements that give the songs a bit more texture. The thing that amazes me the most is that devilish growl comes from a Japanese person. Look, no offense, but after having lived in Okinawa for two years I never would have imagined such a growl out of some of the locals. The vocals are on par with Corpsegrinder even perhaps an octave deeper…or lower, however you want to describe it.
After having been blasted nearly to death with 47 minutes of stoner-style guitar solos, death metal brutality, and thrashy cadences, I am left with only one thing to do…start over and listen to it again. Coffins takes a dose of Motorhead and Cannibal Corpse combines those influences with a dose of doom and stoner and spits out something that is unique, simplistic, brutal, and most importantly enjoyable. It’s easy to fuck up death metal; Coffins avoids that by combining a few other elements to keep things appealing.