Encoffination
Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 21st, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


To perhaps clarify my position towards this record, I’ll begin by stating that as soon as I found out that this death metal band playing in the early 90s style of doom influenced obscurity was releasing a full length on cassette with Ritval Death Offerings, I sent my order out immediately. Naturally, my judgement was correct – Encoffination play a gloomy, darkness-ridden manifestation of death/doom, taking the very best of bands like dISEMBOWELMENT, Sempiternal Deathreign and Decomposed and melding it into an atmosphere reminiscent of Incantation or even Morpheus Descends.

The two invokers behind Encoffination - Ghoat and Elektrokutioner - reveal their death metal pedigree from the vast number of bands and projects they are involved in, including the likes of Father Befouled and Decrepitaph. Nevertheless, Encoffination surpasses both of these bands easily in terms of cohesion and atmosphere. This as of yet tape-only album (I believe a vinyl release is scheduled for later in the year) is a dark and torturous journey through ritualistic death metal, taking the genre to its deepest extremes. The huge slathering of down-tempo doom is a major constituent of the album’s malevolent atmosphere – in between the frenetic tremolo riffs and the classic sound samples, crushing riffs lurch and lumber across the tape-deck’s speakers.

Ghoat’s other group Father Befouled is perhaps the best band to make a comparison with when describing Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh – the two bands share an almost identical style, but it is mostly in the execution of said style that differentiates the bands. Father Befouled follow the Incantation brand far more closely, with any doom-laden sections brief and readily audible. Encoffination, on the other hand, play a far denser and, for want of a better expression, ‘obscure’ style of death metal. Clarity is definitely not what the band was going for when the album was mixed, and the claustrophobic production (almost as horrifying as the likes of Portal or Aethyrvorous) gives the record a delightfully macabre ambiance, as well as rendering Ghoat’s Craig Pillard imitation as immaculate.

There seems to be a flood of ‘old-school’ styled death metal records as of late, recreating almost every variation of death metal heard in the last twenty years. Originality is seemingly thrown out the window, but is this a bad thing? Not when really great records like Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh are being released. Any death metal fan should have his (or her) tongue lolling at the likes of Stench of Decay, Disma or Cruciamentum, and Encoffination is firmly rooted in the same camp – it reinvigorates classic death metal (and does it well), along with giving younger listeners like myself a chance to experience quality death/doom on tape. If you’ve enjoyed any of the bands making up the ‘old-school revival’, this is undoubtedly for you.



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rasputin
November 21st 2011


14550 Comments


written may 2011

BallsToTheWall
November 21st 2011


44617 Comments


StuffI heard from their newest gave me such a boner.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2011


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album/band. New record did not disappoint.

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rasputin
November 21st 2011


14550 Comments


yeah, decided to post this here because it wasn't reviewed and the new one should be out soon

combustion07
November 21st 2011


5376 Comments


The new one rules, still need to check this out.

ShadowRemains
November 22nd 2011


21044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review

encoffination rules

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MO
November 22nd 2011


18859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep rules for sure

CakeWithCream
November 22nd 2011


1025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i'm gonna check this out soon

Wizard
November 22nd 2011


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules like the reviewer. Also, has anyone heard their newest album?

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rasputin
November 22nd 2011


14550 Comments


yeah I have, it leaked a couple of days ago

pretty solid so far, but i've only had a few listens. still have to see how it holds up over time.

Wizard
November 22nd 2011


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gonna give it a decent listen tonight including this!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2011


18695 Comments


both are equally as good imo

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DeafMetal
January 10th 2012


8588 Comments


love this record

Adabelle
November 22nd 2012


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgot how grim this is, thoughts on new EP?

evilford
September 6th 2013


22813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gotta hear this. this is probably one of the best possible dm band names.

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evilford
July 25th 2014


22813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hope the music rules as much as the band name

edit: oops forgot I already commented on this heh

ffs
July 25th 2014


4880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

buries

Adabelle
July 26th 2014


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Entombs

evilford
August 27th 2014


22813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wait I thought rasp was a contributor?

TheSpirit
August 27th 2014


17927 Comments


He was until he stopped posting reviews regularly. I think he may have asked to be demoted as well



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