Encoffination
O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
January 18th, 2012 | 105 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: when a funeral home director picks up a guitar...

The mutilated offspring offered up by two of death metal's finest musicians in recent years, Encoffination's O'Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres is the band's second effort, and an album that further drags death/doom metal into the underworld of hopelessness and despair. Coming but a year after their debut Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh, vocalist/guitarist/bassist Ghoat (also of Father Befouled) and drummer Elektrokutioner (Father Befouled, Decrepitpah, etc...) have created their finest album yet, one that thrives on death and transports you into a realm of fear and solitude.

Steeped in an atmosphere that will make your hair stand on end, it's actually the day job of Ghoat that stands as the central inspiration for this chilling concept album about the rituals of dying and death; aside from his time spent in a myriad of other death metal projects, Ghoat's work as funeral home director is the biggest influence on the album, and the largest reason the band can so flawlessly create such morbid music. Taking the true death he touches everyday and incorporating it into the songwriting process of Encoffination's music, the palpable stench of the deceased lingers throughout the entirety of O'Hell..., the odour Ghoat and Elektrokutioner have worked so meticulously to realize. Artistically, O'Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres is a complete success, fulfilling the ambitions of Encoffination completely and adding a great deal to the album's overall success.

In the process of creating their perfect atmosphere, the deathly duo have in many ways replicated the musical approach of Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh, this time refining their super slow death/doom metal into its most effective form. Where the former album was indeed slow, O'Hell redefines the word; moving at a pace that sounds like other dooms band slowed down, the down tempo of O'Hell gives the chance for every filth ridden riff that Ghoat creates to ring off into oblivion, their lives snuffed out long before another is born anew. The production while still dirty as ever has been cleaned every so slightly, giving the guitars density and making Elektrokutioner's drumming all the more weighty. In songs like "Rites of Ceremonial Embalm’ment" and "Annunciation of the Viscera" the addition of haunting church bells goes along perfectly with the trudging powerchords and downtuned tremolo riffs, as does the subtle organ backdrop of "Ritual Until Blood"; it's small additions such as these that not only mesh so perfectly with the other instruments but help the album reach that sought after despondent atmosphere.

Even at their own admission, Encoffination has stated that on O,Hell Shien In Thy Whited Sepulchres is not for everyone; this state rings as true as the group's everlasting guitar riffs, but for those who do enjoy intensely slow music and particularly death/doom this album is nothing but an (un)pleasant treat. As a group who is dedicated to following their twisted vision without absolutely no compromise, the sense of honesty that carries itself along with the abhorrent waft of death makes this album special, and easily the best thing this duo has yet to do in their career. With talks of a new album already on the horizon for a 2012 release, the tangible honesty along with the band's extreme approach to creating terrifying music with no doubt create another fantastic release with hordes pale faced basement dwelling fans to eat it up.



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TheSpirit
January 17th 2012


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in a while... orginally had this at a 3.5 but had to bump up after listening because it dooms hard as fuck

Hawks
January 17th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YES A SPIRIT REVIEW!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012


7110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds pretty fucking doomy, have a posss

ConsiderPhlebas
January 17th 2012


6157 Comments


stand on its ends


'stand on end' would be a little neater. Sweet review, man.

SLAUGHTERDOZER
January 17th 2012


278 Comments


the other art looks better

Wizard
January 17th 2012


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty much a big fucking Yes!!! to the review.

Now where the fuck is my 2011 list dammit!!!

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

ShadowRemains
January 17th 2012


21156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

death/dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

kount
January 17th 2012


1279 Comments


dooms hard as fuck

TheSpirit
January 17th 2012


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

correct


and thanks wiz, the top will be posted tonight

Maniac!
January 17th 2012


26250 Comments


Feel free to post this on WR ;)

TheSpirit
January 17th 2012


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

show me how and i will

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012


16448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules hard

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Vesper
January 17th 2012


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ghoat's work as funeral home director

Huh, a day job that does not surprise me, lol.

You're missing an 'of' in the last sentence, but have a pos. :]

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012


17920 Comments


did you mean despair in the first sentence? disparity doesn't make sense

TheSpirit
January 17th 2012


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoops, my bad. What did you think of the review otherwise?

ShadowRemains
January 17th 2012


21156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

off topic... but jesus this SOPA shit is everywhere...

TheSpirit
January 17th 2012


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SOPA?

Vesper
January 17th 2012


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spirit, stop looking like an uneducated American in front of the Canadian, lol.

Here's a handy infographic: http://americancensorship.org/infographic.html

A bunch of sites have been down/blacked out all day in protest.

TheSpirit
January 17th 2012


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh right. Damn. If that happens bye-bye to essential every website i frequent

Vesper
January 18th 2012


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, a bunch of sites are protesting: http://allthingsd.com/20120117/list-of-sites-planning-sopa-protests-continues-to-grow/



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