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Into Coffin : The Majestic Supremacy Of Cosmic Chaos (EP)

Old-school lo-fi Death/Black doominess with a Lovecraftian theme marks Into Coffin's latest EP.

There's that old adage about ducks. If it walks like a duck etc... Well, 'The Majestic Supremacy of Cosmic Chaos' looks like an album, sounds like an album, and to all intents and purposes, walks like one. But it isn't. It's an EP. Apparently. It's a little over twenty eight minutes long, which, if you were to ask Slayer, or any number of Hardcore Punk or Grind bands, would categorically make it an album. But no, an EP it is. So...

The title itself sounds like something one of those Eastern European Black Metal bands with questionable politics would have put out ten or so years ago. But here, I suspect, we are dealing with a healthy dose of Lovecraftian mythos and occult subterranea, rather than the dubious magikal claims of people who've read a little bit of Carroll and have also completely misunderstood what Nietzsche was talking about. Anyway, I digress. They're on Terror From Hell Records, should you need a reference point.

Doomy Blackened Death might be a decent enough starting point. But make up your own tag, I really don't care. There is far too much Death and Black Metal influencing what's on offer here to be arguing the toss regarding its Doom credentials. Suffice it to say that Into Coffin fit quite nicely next to the likes of Locus Amoenus and Spectral Voice, summoning as they do the back catalogues of disEmbowelment and Incantation, along with the cthonic Death Metal stylings of Necrowretch and Dead Congregation.

So, to those two tracks. 'Crawling In Chaos' kicks things off with a moody intro before exploding its way into the sickening cosmos with the first of several passages of blast beats. Both songs ebb and flow rather well in and out of slow, mid, and high speed tempos, and there is literally bucket loads of atmosphere. If Lovecraftian themed, fairly lo-fi metal is your thing then you might want to check this out, and I suppose, on reflection there might be a tad more Doom in here than I initially gave credit for. But, it's not Doom in the purist sense of the word, and as if to prove my point, as I write this, the high speed drumming has just kicked back in and will be in evidence for the remainder of the track.

'The Evanescence Creature From Nebula's Dust' begins in a more standard Black Metal vein, flipping in and out from blasts to rumbling up-tempo Metal that more or less every Black Metal band in existence has utilised. The plus side here is that there's absolutely nothing contaminating this release. Nothing trying to be clever, no frilly bits softening the edges, and nothing in the least bit pretentious. Into Coffin clearly know who and what they are. They certainly look the part too. Long hair and hoods covering their faces, leather jackets and bullet belts in full effect. This second track has the only bit of what you might call real Doom made manifest within the album's entire duration. A couple of minutes in the middle of the song before the pace picks up again. Death Metal vocals are the order of the day here, albeit with plenty of reverb and with far less prominence in the mix than most straight up Death Metal bands. All in all though, very enjoyable. For me at any rate. But then again, I love this type of stuff.

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Crawling In Chaos
2. The Evanescence Creature From Nebula's Dust

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-05-13 by Matt Halsey
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