|Review: The Grotesquery - Tales of the Coffin Born|
|Tales of the Coffin Born|
Label: Cyclone Empire
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 17, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Tales of the Coffin Born
Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)
This is yet another offering from "Rogga" Johansson and a few of his usual compatriots from other bands like Bone Gnawer, Ribspreader, and Those Who Bring the Torture, along with Death Metal vocal high priest Kam Lee (also of Bone Gnawer, also Massacre and Death). How this guy can produce this much stuff is beyond me. You may wonder why you should care, as a lot of this crew's output is solid, but not essential, but I personally think Tales of the Coffin Born is one of the best albums, if not the best album these guys have ever produced.
Style-wise this is nothing out of the ordinary, being the pummeling, heavy, crunchy Swedish Death Metal we know to expect from this gang. The difference here is that everything is just better: the riffs are sharper, the production is heavy as fuck, and Kam's vocals are feral yet understandable. The whole concept of the album is very Lovecraftian, obviously, but the narration actually adds to the experience, creating a gleefully macabre atmosphere of decay and madness. You'll get a quiet passage with the creepy narrator, and then something like "Necromantic Ways" or "Sins of the Father" will come ripping out and tear your damned head off. If you are looking for a hard-hitting Death Metal album that just pummels with heaviness and air-guitar riffs, then get this fucker.
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