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Encoffination : Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh

Encoffination is yet another name to add to your list of new-old-school death-metal bands.

Doomy old school Death Metal... if there's a trendy genre roaming the underground, sounds that are arising from the depths of Metal history, a revival that seems to attract crowds of poorly inspired musicians, itís Old-School Death following the path of Incantation, Autopsy, Asphyx and whatnot...

You have now to add Encoffination to your little list; the band is a duo from New York, half of which is also a member of Wooden Stake. The band took some risk by presenting themselves as 'old school U.S. Doom/Death'. Kind of precise, isnít it? So, as a fan, I fancy some really filthy and muddy Death ŗ la Mythic... and I get none of that.

What Iím given to nibble on a bit is just some mid-tempo Death, certainly dirty, but that all along gives the impression of listening to a fairly good copy of Coffins. Itís full of old horror movies' samples (good ones) that really deliver a demoniac mood (I love the kid you hear invoking Behemoth, thatís great!); there is strictly no trace of a single guitar solo and, even if it can be enjoyable upon the first spins, a feeling of boredom quickly appears. As a band, Encoffination seem to be just happy with reproducing the same old worn-out schemes, musical ideas others are doing better. In itself, this is not an unforgivable error, but why wasting time with an average copycat when you can listen to excellent original bands or even excellent clones? We had the right to expect something better from a band including a member of Father Befouled in its line-up...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Procession
2. Nefarious Yet Elegant Are the Bowels of Hell
3. Miasma of Rotten Serenity
4. Eucharist of Bone and Flame
5. Interlude
6. Beyond the Grace of Flesh Go I
7. Entombment of the Breathing Flesh
8. Coffinpsalms

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes

Visit the Encoffination bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-01-27 by Laurent Lignon
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