Coffinworm formed under the watchful eye of Choronzon during the autumnal equinox of 2007. The first live assault was proffered forth in the vernal equinox of 2008, invoking ritual in support of Unearthly Trance. The band continued to gain momentum by playing live and constructing more tentacled hymns of doom and suffering to further unleash.
The winter solstice of 2008 saw the recording of the 'Great Bringer of Night' demo with executive war commander Iron Bob Fouts (ex-The Gates of Slumber; Apostle of Solitude) manning the boards at Basement Rage Studios. 'Great Bringer of Night' was released in May of 2009 spanning three editions total (all hand-screened, hand-assembled, and hand-numbered) as well as made available for free digital download. The release was well received by various online and print publications, most notably named 'Best Demo of 2009' by Cosmo Lee in Decibel Magazine. The demo recordings were handed over to Profound Lore Records and an alliance was thus formed.
During the winter solstice of 2009 the band traveled to Semaphore Studios in Chicago to record 'When All Became None' with filth pusher Sanford Parker. In March of 2010 the band consecrated several showcases at SXSW through excessive volume and all praise for the beast. 'When All Became None' was released in April of 2010 and met with praise from Decibel, Invisible Oranges, Metal Maniacs, and Terrorizer Magazine (who had also named the album one of 2010's most anticipated releases) in addition to other publications. Seventh Rule Recordings unleashed the vinyl version of 'When All Became None' in August of 2010. The band traveled eastward to Brooklyn and once again communed with Unearthly Trance for high volume rituals, making stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore before returning home. The remaining months of 2010 saw the band retooling personnel, with drummer C. moving to guitar and J. (longtime ally and artist behind the visuals of 'When All Became None' stepping in behind the kit.
01. High On The Reek of Your Burning Remains
02. Strip Nude for Your Killer
03. Start Saving for Your Funeral
04. The Inner Caligula
05. Spitting in Infinity’s Asshole
There are few bands that’ll take you to as vile a place as America’s sludge specialists Coffinworm. Formed back in 2007, it’s easy to imagine that their plan was simply to decimate the ears of doomsters by making the most threatening music possible.
Their debut demo ‘Great Bringer of Night’ is one of those records that’ll push your mind and stomach to their boundaries, with one of the filthiest grasps on extreme music since Burning Witch first melted minds.
This opus has finally been given the re-release treatment, available on both black and gold (yes gold) vinyl. The vinyl has minimalistic and bleak artwork for the re-release which is a fitting introduction to the band, with skulls, serpents and carcasses draped across the cover.
Opener ‘High On the Reek of Your Burning Remains’ sets the tone perfectly for these sludgers, with a filthy guitar line which could give fellow experimentalists Cough a hernia. The haunting shrieks of D are also a particularly nasty element to the opener, presenting the vocalist as a true beast of a front-man.
Follower ‘Strip Nude for your Killer’ follows the popular path of nicking a song title from a film. The tracks fuzzed out bass line and Electric Wizard like riffing epitomises what the band set out to achieve and makes for some truly uneasy listening.
Brief flashes of punk on songs such as the pleasantly titled ‘Spitting in Infinity’s Asshole’ make things all the more virulent, showing a band that are turned on by anything that achieves that nasty atmosphere.
Elements of black metal are also dotted around the release which seems a common trait for US extreme bands as of late. Coffinworm’s use of the sub-genre makes perfect sense, colliding with their punk elements to create a multi-layered assault.
This mixing of styles makes for one of the high points on the demo, with a surprisingly large amount of textures for a band that are generally minimalistic. It is also refreshing to hear a band that are unafraid to embrace such a range of sounds, separating them from the masses of sludge bands that all sound alike.
Influences on Coffinworm such as the aforementioned Burning Witch are clear and although you won’t get anything new here, the sheer dedication and passion in their slow-motion attack has to be admired. This release is an unrelenting journey into metal’s darkest recesses and won’t sit nicely next to your Boston records.
This album is a must listening!