Coffins – Craving to Eternal Slumber (2015)

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While acts such as Immolation, Suffocation or Vader are routinely and falsely accused of making the same unchallenging album all over every few years without bringing anything to the table, this judgement is much more accurate when directed at a band like Coffins. While the attack leveled on the former bands is merely a lack of appreciation of the subtlety of the progression (in their early career) and latter downfall (mostly after the year 2000) of bands that were never stagnant but rather extremely consistent in their trajectory, in Coffins we find a band presenting Cianide-like doom-death cliches in a string of riffs that have no head, no tails, no climax, but rather a sequence of pleasing moments for the fan of the style.

These Japanese death metallers started this project right during the start of the worse decade for metal, the decade when all progress was dead and which had, apart from a few respectable echoing the remains of a golden era ten years in the past, a penchant for completely empty and lavishing parading of style cliches. Four full-length albums and a billion demos, EPs, and splits into their career, and Coffins still does not have a sound of its own. In them we can hear Cianide, and echos of other bands (but most Cianide). There is absolutely no trace of something that belongs to them. In fact, when played back to back with the aforementioned underground classic one wonders if Coffins’ release isn’t just an uninspired album by the first band.

Cult classics are usually (but not always) “cult” — that is having a very particular and reduced audience that listens to them almost as a guilty pleasure or with a fanatical eye for a very special reason — because they are not very good to begin with. Their is the underground, and then there are the “cult” bands. We can not apply the same rule to every band, but a good rule of thumb is: they did not make it for a reason, and they also became cult for a reason. In the case of Coffins, it is just a very faithful superficial imitation of cliches of the genre, which pleases all those looking for the exterior fascination but who apparently perceive very little of the progress of a music piece and what it has to communicate. Any serious death metal fan would do well to avoid losing their time with this passing bland piece of junk.

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8 thoughts on “Coffins – Craving to Eternal Slumber (2015)”

  1. Daniel says:

    I never got why these guys are more popular than Intestine Baalism for Japanese death metal. There’s nobody else who even comes even close in quality to Seiji Kakuzaki and friends in the entire country.

    1. Keyword: popular.
      Cannibal Corpse is far more popular than Morbid Angel too.

    2. Incessant Ballerism says:

      Except what about Sabbat? Or even my niggas, the Sigh?
      Intestinal Baalism seemed like B+ grade Sacramentum “Far Away from the Sun”.

      1. Incessant Ballerism says:

        Sidenote to Sacramentum: can you picture that album cover? Just re-visiting it now, I found the cover art unrealistic. A massive castle in the middle of an apparently subterranean lake. I know their shit is supposed to be ‘fantastical’ (like Summoning “Minas Morgul”), but that image plunges toward ‘nonsensical’.

      2. Daniel says:

        Never listened to Sacrementum. I’ll have to check them out. I thought Intestine Baalism sounded most like Uncanny. Those other bands aren’t death metal though. Japan also has a hard on for jokey black thrash like Abigail and Barbatos. I bought a used Barbatos CD once as it had a songs called Alcoholic Metal and Dick is Fucking Big. I wasn’t that disappointed.

      3. Nicholas says:

        I highly recommend the first Intestine Baalism album for the evocative dark drama and the fluid composition, among other reasons (the riffs…the riffs!). For me, this album has the “eternal quality” that it does not age (so far, at least).

        The name “Incessant Ballerism” made me laugh!

  2. Demonseed says:

    Heavy band (rad bass sound) but very blah sounding riffs and they seem over-hyped. I am wondering if they are maybe the type of band who sounds better in person than on a recording .

  3. Nuclear Whore says:

    I haven’t listened to this record, but I like a lot Coffins. I figure it’s because:

    -they can have very abrasive and good sound in records like “Buried Death”, they sound very low and transparent at the same time, yet sounding organic, and this makes a sound that I always enjoy
    -In terms of composition they are riffs, riffs and more riffs, along with some slow parts that… I understand this can become a bore, but I love them.
    -they are a band very monolithic in style in their history, so it’s a safe bet to follow them

    Cianide (which are very nice) are more groovy, Coffins focus more in kicking you in the ears
    Check their “Sewage Sludge Treatment”, covering ?sludge? bands. This will be more different than the usual Coffins release.

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