Coffin Storm
Arcana Rising


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gary STAFF
April 11th, 2024 | 17 replies


Release Date: 03/29/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: True Norwegian Old Metal

Honestly, I wouldn't have thought that this trio from Kolbotn would ever come together and start their own band. It's a fortunate combination, given that the triumvirate of Fenriz (Gylve Fenris Nagell), Apollyon (Ole Jørgen Moe), and Bestial Tormentor (Olav Knutsen) has been part of such renowned bands as Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Dødheimsgard, and Immortal, just to name a few. Originally, Coffin Storm emerged from the shared doom metal project of Apollyon and Bestial Tormentor in the '90s (as Lamented Souls), but in recent times, their joint musical journey with Fenriz has taken shape. Interestingly, each member found a place in the band somewhat outside their comfort zone: while Apollyon primarily played guitar in the past, he took up drums for this project; Bestial Tormentor, known for his prowess on four strings, went for six more; and Fenriz, though he had sung sporadically over the years (for instance, in Isengard or certain Darkthrone tracks), found himself in a new role solely as a vocalist.

The Norwegian veterans initially intended Coffin Storm to pay homage to the iconic album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus with an epic doom metal style, but eventually the final result fell closer to thrash metal. Coffin Storm’s style is more of a blend of heavy/thrash/doom, yet they remained true to the ancient roots of each genre component. Beyond stylistic elements (such as grinding riffs at moderate tempos, slow guitar galloping, straightforward and simple drum patterns, and Fenriz's unmistakable vocal style), the album's sound reflects these influences in its production as well (well-separated instruments, vintage guitar tones, effects, restrained distortion, and minimalist arrangements). At first, this musical cocktail may seem peculiar (especially Fenriz's vocals, often reminiscent of Warrel Dane from Nevermore), but somehow, over time (after several listens), it manages to captivate the listener. Personally, tracks like “Over Frozen Moors” and “Open The Gallows” have seeped into my brain and ears, particularly with their effortlessly flowing yet stunning riffs. It's hard to find words for this feeling, as I simultaneously admire their simplicity while I could also recognize their unquestionably impactful influences too. A few examples: the title track or some riffs from “Eighty-Five And Seven Miles” vividly capture the profound essence of Candlemass' music, or similarly, hints of early Slayer motifs can be heard in pieces like “Ceaseless Abandon”. They even incorporated elements from their own catalogs! For example, in “Open the Gallows”, Aura Noir's unmistakable style shines through, albeit at a slower pace.

For those open to the joyous collaboration of these three metal legends, Arcana Rising will not disappoint. It's a genuine old-school metal album that may not appeal to everyone, but for me, it's certainly one of the most pleasant surprises of the year.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
garas
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2024


8076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Phew, the Bandcamp embed works! (First try.)

This album is so much fun!

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2024


646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed with everything!

Futures
April 11th 2024


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review man! agree basically with everything. although i will say fenriz's voice did grate on me a little and didn't fit as well as his singing on say underground resistance. read he did half the album first take just reading the lyrics which could explain it lol. i like the thrash/doom mix though pretty good blend. over the frozen moors and open the gallows are definitely the choice cuts.

Trifolium
April 13th 2024


39045 Comments


Yeah very lovely review garas!

Definitely checking this, sounds very awesome.

DDDeftoneDDD
April 13th 2024


22330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

These riffs rule

Great rev garas!

Luv

Pho3nix
April 13th 2024


1608 Comments


Garas! Thanks for the rev! gonna give this a spin simply because of the cover alone xD I love the name of the band too

Pho3nix
April 13th 2024


1608 Comments


Just noticed Fenriz is the vocalist, hot damn!

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2024


2094 Comments


Awesome review, man.

I'm a few songs in and I feel like I stepped in a portal through time. You can really feel how much fun these dudes are having

manosg
Emeritus
April 13th 2024


12709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a big fan of the vocals, but this is a riff fest.

Pikazilla
April 13th 2024


29797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

trve metal

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2024


5907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review garas! I like this album a lot.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
April 13th 2024


26025 Comments


hilarious that fenriz was like “yeah I’ll just do my goatlord vox everyone loved that right?”

still riffs hard tho.

Hawks
April 18th 2024


88089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Guys.....this sucks.

DDDeftoneDDD
April 27th 2024


22330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Nah not really hawks

It s vintage

Its Pentagram af

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
April 29th 2024


12008 Comments


Gotta check this damn

garas
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2024


8076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Open the Gallows still goes harddddd. Those riffs!

Futures
May 13th 2024


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fenriz actually trying to sing well would've bumped this up a lot for me lol



still a fun riff fest tho



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