Band: Coffin Mulch
Title: Spectral Intercession
Labels: At War With False Noise / Memento Mori / Dry Cough Records / Gurgling Gore
Release date: 30 June 2023
Country: United Kingdom
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording
Half year 2023 has passed so far and, what can I say? It’s been a year with a big amount of great new releases, both of bands with a lot of years of history that I’m listening to for the first time (my fault here!), and of debutant bands in the Metal scene. I’m really happy to verify two facts: One – Metal is not dead (despite some people saying this, ahh how ignorant)… and two – there’s a big worship of old school sound, and this is always cool and interesting to check. At least, for me it is. Because I looove old school… must be my age…
And, what’s the debut album by Coffin Mulch about? Well, let me tell you… “Spectral Intercession” consists of 8 tracks, 31 minutes of putrid, vicious and gore-worshiping Death Metal old school style. C’mon, the first 30 seconds of the opener song sound like a brutal and horrid blood feast! Nice… and this first song has infectious riffs and… well, the vocals are a bit blurred in the mix, at least for my taste. All along the album in fact. This man is ripping out his guts when screaming, but I’d appreciate some more definition. Only giving my opinion.
“Mental Suicide” is “one of these songs” clearly in the good direction. Starts in a very heavy way, a slow and dirty riff that leads the listener to THESE filthy vocals… and drums that can either play slow tempos and go increasing the speed as the song demands it. You can get hooked in its catchiness and familiarity, and it feels good, like being in a safe place.
There’s a lot of old school vibes in Coffin Mulch debut full-length. The pace all along the 8 songs goes from slow to mid-tempo changing naturally, jumping into some fast attacks from time to time. The bass sound is prominent, and there are riffs, riffs and more riffs… and even a few lead guitar show offs. And even if vocals do not have the predominance I’d like, this is not a real issue for me ‘cause this man screams like a possessed zombie and he’s almost regurgitating his words.
“Fall of Gaia” is a fast ride from start to finish, highly addictive because of its dynamics. “Gateway to the Unseen”has a spectral beginning. I like those effects, and the way the drums enter, rolling over the guitar riff. Yeahh, really good drumming in this track!
And the last song, “Eternal Enslavement” (the longest one) starts with a very slow tempo, at first some isolated tom beats and then the bass joins with low notes until the guitar decides to enter mimicking the bass and it turns out to be a catchy riff, and plenty of cymbals used… yesss I like it. Tension is increasing until it all explodes. More than 6 minutes to enjoy the last offering from these Scots.
*And look at that impressive art done by Brad Moore! Total brain melting!
All in all, a very good album. If you’re into old school Death Metal, you’ll enjoy it in a special way. For me it’s 8/10 Sílvia
8/10 To Greatness and Glory!
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