The Grotesquery
Tales Of The Coffin Born


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) USER (54 Reviews)
January 31st, 2010 | 24 replies | 8,066 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A masterful concoction by a death metal master

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

The (in)famous Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Ribspreader, etc) is back with quite an ambitious project. On The Grotesquery’s first album, Tales Of The Coffin Born, he teams up with American vocalist Kam Lee (of Massacre fame) to create a fierce death metal album with a concept to match the band name.

The band created a story based on the works of such famous occult authors like H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. It would be rather hard to follow a concept on a death metal album without having to go through pages and pages of lyrics and the band seems to have realised this and simplified it for the lazier ones out of us. Every song features a short spoken intro that tells the basic story behind the album and then the lyrics to the songs come expand upon it. This way everyone can get a feel for the story behind the album and those that are really interested have the option to look up the lyrics and learn further. Although it makes for a very interesting first few listens, the sound clips do get a little tiresome after the listener has heard the album a few times and knows the story well.

Musically, Rogga throws riff after riff at you. His main influence lies in Swedish death metal’s buzzsaw type riffs but he uses bits and pieces of other forms of death metal including groovy death metal and a few sprinkles of melody here and there. The combination of riff types keeps the album from getting repetitive and assures that every death metal fan will find something to love somewhere within this album. Wether it be in the thrashy death metal stylings of Sepulcher Macabre, the groovier Nightmares Made Flesh or the strong closer that mixes it all into a 7 minute death metal masterpiece. The guitar tone is slightly muddy and helps the music go with the morbid story told between songs.

The story itself is told using heavily distorted speech to make it sound more evil and as if it is coming out of something that could be human but is much darker. Kam Lee then steps in with his fierce, very guttural scream that stays as a growl most of the time but sometimes strays into a well placed scream. It is semi intelligible so most should not hope to follow the lyrics by ear alone.

All in all, The Grotesquery have crafted a great death metal album that truly captures the darker, morbid side of the genre but without sounding over-the-top. Tales Of The Coffin Born masterly combines all forms of death metal into a cohesive, hard hitting package. Although it is still very early to say, Tales Of The Coffin Born could already be one of the top death metal albums this year.



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SCREAM!
January 31st 2010



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very close to 4.5. Might climb up to that

BallsToTheWall
January 31st 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome lyrical concept is ruined by the fact it's death metal and also because they don't go further by pulling any King Diamond-esque horror theatrics, minus those stupid spoken word sections.

As for the album, it's pretty solid stuff but was dissapointed overall. Good concise review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2010



15989 Comments


Will be looking into this.

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jingledeath
January 31st 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice one dude

SCREAM!
January 31st 2010



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dood

Dethtrasher
January 31st 2010



2211 Comments


Need to get this soon, nice review.

combustion07
January 31st 2010



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is awesome, good review

jrowa001
January 31st 2010



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah great review for an awesome album

FistfulOfSteel
January 31st 2010



894 Comments


pretty sick album, but i'd find it a bit more enjoyable sans those spoken word sections.

SCREAM!
January 31st 2010



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They help get a feel for the concept since you can't really understand the lyrics but i agree it'd be nice to get rid of them after the first few listens. Probably what's holding this back from 4.5

jrowa001
January 31st 2010



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the spoken word doesnt bother me

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2010



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good one Simon. Album rules and "Fall Of The House Of Grotesque" is prolly my favourite 2010 song so far

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SCREAM!
February 1st 2010



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely my favourite track on the album. The groovy and melodic parts are some of the best on the album

Zoo
February 1st 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer the album with the spoken parts, it'd be lacking without them.

Cool review dude.

combustion07
February 1st 2010



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agree with Zoo

jingledeath
February 2nd 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rogga needs to release another dozen albums this year

jrowa001
February 2nd 2010



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he does. more concept albums would be cool

BallsToTheWall
February 2nd 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Concept doesn't add anything musically to this record so it's pointless in every aspect. Unless Portal does it because they can actually project authentic music to back up the concept.

SCREAM!
February 2nd 2010



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Balls fails with that post. The music fits the concept pretty well. And thought out lyrics are always fun especially in a genre thats usually lacking in that department

Zoo
February 2nd 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

indeed



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