Coffins
Mortuary in Darkness


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
November 30th, 2012 | 24 replies | 1,381 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Japanese doom sludge filled coffin.

Despite being released in 2005, Coffins’ Mortuary in Darkness was re-released in 2012 with the addition of a better mastering process and a few live tracks. This Japanese three piece may not be any different to any other doom/sludge metal band on paper but with their own flavour and a twist on the growls created by an accent the 2012 Mortuary in Darkness comes as a steady and a little more than enjoyable record than it really should be. Unlike many sludge records these days Coffins focus on a healthy display of riff after riff rather than an overbearing display of minimalist melancholy. That’s not to say it’s not there, there’s just less of a focus on drawn out passages and ritualistic patterns. It’s a doom record that the listener can actually bang their head to.

When describing the music, all the typical bases have been covered, nothing here is out of the ordinary but positively enough this sludge metal is feedback laced, providing a raw atmosphere without having to record an album on the inside of a tin shed. The music is dank, low tuned and the typical cookie-monster styled growls punctuate through the albums’ length, unfortunately for the vocals they seem to be roughly one pitch throughout. Even the track titles are typical of the genre; gods, pain and darkness are all mentioned without having to succumb to mixing dead animals with sex acts not found on your typical pornographic website. Rather the album is straight forward, consistent and well executed. Leaving the listener with an album that may be boring in some places but still maintains a solid play back value. A highlight of the album (and also the longest track) comes in the form of ‘The Unspeakable Pain’ where a little bit of everything is involved. The mid-paced track thumps through with deep guttural growls and simplistic ideas that for the most part are done well. Listeners can sit back and enjoy these mellowed out riffs and steady beats casually bopping their heads in time with the music.

Overall, this Japanese sludge metal band brings all the essential components to the proverbial dinner table. It’s got the riffs, the deep drawling growls, pounding drum lines, an atmosphere that runs staple with the genre and in places enough melancholy to allow the album to float along. Mortuary in Darkness provides what listeners want in this particular genre, that’s not denying that the record isn’t flawless. The album borders on tiresome in a couple of places and could even be considered a little ‘generic’ but the fact remains that this accessible slice of metal with the inclusion of some obviously live recorded tracks (as in they sound very un-polished) displays a band capable of releasing some solid material. It’s not the best, it doesn’t need to be. Besides a couple of filler tracks Mortuary in Darkness highlights Coffins’ solid workmanship released in 2012.



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BallsToTheWall
November 30th 2012



44164 Comments


100 review already? Fucking impressive. Good band/review, I need to hear this still among their new EP.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Balls, yeah my Bosse-d-Nage review was the 100, this will probably do me for a week or so. My weekends over in a couple of hours. And yeah check this out, it's pretty solid.

Eclecticist
November 30th 2012



3863 Comments


Solid band, solid album.

alachlahol
November 30th 2012



7477 Comments


listens to album once,, writes in depth analysis

ShadowRemains
November 30th 2012



20479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

other side of blasphemy is their best

also the split with arm and sword of a bastard god fucking slays too

alachlahol
November 30th 2012



7477 Comments


drummers doing vocals now : (

ShadowRemains
November 30th 2012



20479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah why the fuck did uchino stop doing them, his growls move mountains

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

listens to album once,, writes in depth analysis
wat.



CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2012



28754 Comments


didn't even see this, dang bro two revs a day? u'll have like 600 reviews done in a years time at this pace haha, reading now

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol, sorry cap. But i'll go back to work tomorrow so that'll slow me down for a bit.

CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2012



28754 Comments


"It’s a doom record that the listener can actually bang their head to."

believe it or not this sentence actually says a lot and I like the sound of that. Doom obvs is slow but there's some many diff styles of doom so I appreciated that you catagorized it that way. The sludge unites us.

good job here, pos

CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2012



28754 Comments


"sorry cap"

no haha I'm not complaining, the more metal the marrier m/

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sometimes i like my slugdeydoom to have a couple of grooves located in it.

CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2012



28754 Comments


bpmz ftw

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Speaking of, I need to revisit Dragged Into Sunlight's debut again.

CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2012



28754 Comments


listened to some of them last night but haven't really gotten into them

i still need to give them more proper listens which I'm sure I'll eventually but I haven't decided if I like them or not yet

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can caffeine impair your vision? reading your comments on a lean.

alachlahol
December 1st 2012



7477 Comments


ok just because they rereleased this album this year doesnt mean you put the release date as 2012 when
it was first put out in 2005 you fuck

alachlahol
December 1st 2012



7477 Comments


never review again, i read your thou tyrant one i know how good you are at writing dumb shit

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2012



6987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes mate. Wow.



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