I'm certain you've all noticed a long silence on the Coffinpsalms front. DCMA complaints have been pouring in for albums I'd never expect and it's becoming really difficult to find quality links to quality music (it's my policy to not upload and share, but to link to others' uploads) without resorting to shady russian sites that make you view adds. I feel like I just revived the ol' blog not that long ago and instead of rising like a phoenix from the ashes, I kind of dragged it back out of the garbage and put it back in the apartment. Nevertheless, I don't feel like I want to abandon you all again... yet. I'm not sure what I'll do with this place now that we're entering the dark ages of soulseek and torrents again.
I don't really feel like I can provide enough content to just write about music. I'm not a journalist, and there are a couple blogs out there that are already doing a much better job at reviewing music that I am interested in. Can't play ball just because you sell sneakers, as they say. They say that, right? I've been busy as shit making a new Symptom album as well as collaborating with Anastasis of Nuclear Winter about putting out LPs for the first 2 albums, doing various art projects, and just got done recording a new Shroud of the Heretic record with our new lineup. 4 or 5 Shroud shows are lined up and I'm trying to actually do well in school for a change. Also, I've been experimenting with twitter and google plus. And drinking beers. And snuggling my cat. And buying too many records.
So to sum up, I'm kind of in blog limbo. There's still a massive amount of traffic here, and I feel like a soup kitchen chef who ran out of ingredients/had them taken away. (Seriously? DCMA complaint for Archgoat?) What do you guys think? What the fucking fuck should I do with this blog now? Maybe grab a couple of other "writers" and just talk about metal in general? Reviews? Maybe I'll just do what JGD said he would and post pet pictures, only the cat version. I've never in 3 or so years asked for comments, but PLEASE, comment, let me know what you think. What the fuck would you like to see happen here, barring mediafire links.
01 May 2013
20 March 2013
In light of a recent DCMA complaint here at coffinpsalms, I'm going to shift the focus to good ol' capitalism. I just received copies of the new Symptom CD, 'Opulent Atrocity'. They are for sale and streaming in full at the bandcamp page and I have opened up an official bigcartel page as well. $9 + $5 worldwide shipping. I'll send a download with each purchase, if you request. Support!
11 March 2013
I was formally told by my girlfriend that I need to update my blog, so here's an album I've been listening to a lot lately. I really loved their demo and their (extremely short) follow up 7" was good as well, and you'll be happy to know that Krypts do not disappoint with their debut full length. This is straight up OG Finnish death metal that will bring to mind bands like Convulse and Demigod. Oh yes, the foul stench of the crypt is pungent here. Now I'm off to make pizza.
28 February 2013
I can't really talk about this album without just sharing the most intimate details of my past, so I'll just say some words. When I listen to this album I don't think about the guitar tone or the production values, I flash back to inconsequential details about class projects I was doing and which girl I had a crush on. This was the first album that I ever loved. There is an immense amount of happiness and an equal amount of pain, every time I play this album, which is not often. Sure, it's bloated, and there are some bad songs, but this is overall an amazing album. Probably, it's hard to judge outside my personal experiences, but it's worth a listen. I also think that the song "Bodies" (which is my favorite from the album) is darker than almost every metal song that I've heard, also special mention for "In the Arms of Sleep". For better or for worse Here's:
Dawn Till Dusk
Twilight Till Starlight
ps: I had a weird time with the links, so let me know if they don't work.
25 February 2013
13 February 2013
There's very little information about this band available, but I believe it was Haxan over at Forever Cursed that posted their demo, Hospital Corners, when it came out a year or so back. I was dragging the lake of itunes a few days ago and happened to notice it and put it on. Totally ugly and raw blackened sludge/death metal. Upon further investigation, I saw that they released a full length in 2012, and had it available on Bandcamp for just $5. Anyway, it's really good. Check it out. Give them some money.
We have to become humble in front of this overwhelming misery and overwhelming fornication, overwhelming growth and overwhelming lack of order.
11 February 2013
I received this beastly album in the mail today. I've already seen it being compared to AEvangelist, but in my opinion this is on a different level completely. This is a really impressive demo that showcases Ghoat (of Encoffination infamy) exploring a sound that is much more focused the cryptic, occult side of death metal. It's expansive and claustrophobic at the same time, and is quite a dense listen. I'm already on my fifth time through it in a row (its run time is just under 13 minutes), and each listen reveals hidden layers of sound. I should point out that, while this is a one-musician demo, everything sounds very in-tact and complete. It's obvious that a lot of care went into the song-crafting as well as the production. I'm not sure what methods were used in the process, and if the drums were programmed (which is often the case for diy one-man metal acts) they sound quite convincing and don't distract at all. When you're creating music that sounds like it's been recently disinterred, synthetic sounding drums clash like toothpaste and orange juice. Anyway, if this project continues past this demo, I have no doubt that fans of unholy, occult death metal will be all over this, so do yourself a favor and check it out now (for maximum "I was into them before they were cool"). The official CD-R is available from Archgasm releasing for a measly $5, so show some god damned svpport and hopefully we'll be seeing more material from CHASM OF NIS!!
Maybe we're in hell...
05 February 2013
Slow, melancholic, atmospheric, yet celebratory and triumphant. Each Urfaust album is a perplexing listen in an overarching way, but also individually. The first time I heard this band a few years back and the album was Geist is Teufel, and I had no idea what to make of it. I didn't try very hard to take it seriously, but every once in a while I put it on and listened through a bit more than the previous time. It took a long, long time before I was actually hearing the music as I believe it was intended to be heard (apart from shit-face drunk, that is. I'd done that plenty). I suppose black metal isn't really supposed to be something that is easily accessible, even within the umbrella genre of heavy metal, and I tend to spend most of my time lurking around the midnight graveyards of old school death metal.
I chose to post Der freiwillige Bettler, because it seems like the easiest point of access for the uninitiated. The production is dense and robust, and the songwriting is fantastic. There are plenty of ambience-heavy tracks that drone on, which I like, but there is enough straight-forward stuff to keep a new listener's attention. I've been listening to Urfaust all day and I think I may have another day like it tomorrow as well.
PS sorry for the brief absence, I've been sick as shit (read: minor chest cold) for the past five days and... actually, I was on my computer listening to music most of the time anyway. Oh well fuck it.