Coffin Texts – Gods Of Creation, Death & Afterlife

Oh boy, talk about terrible timing.  Coffin Texts must have just screamed when Nile exploded in popularity right after their own debut album came out.  Coffin Texts is, yes, ANOTHER death metal band themed exclusively after Egyptian mythology, featuring high speed riffs contrasting with doomy sections and even Egyptian-style ambient sections.  Swear to god, it’s like Slipknot vs. Mushroomhead all over again.

Obviously they’re impossible to discuss without comparing them to Nile, so I’m not going to bother.  They sound a lot like Nile’s first album, when they weren’t all overbearingly technical and spastic although they could clearly play their instruments.  Coffin Texts is probably one notch below that on technicality, and while the Egyptian melodies are there, they don’t slap you in the face with them like Nile does.  Really you could call this Nile with a little more tact and subtlety.  The riffs are more patient and less noodly and overall the package seems to have more to do with oldschool death metal than a more modern view of the genre such as Nile.

The best way to describe this music is Suffocation as viewed through a prism of Egyptian aesthetic.  A great deal of influence seems to have been taken from ‘Pierced From Within’ with its convoluted chug riffs and darkly smothered production job.  It’s a pretty atmospheric album altogether, though rather on the short side; minus the two cover tracks this clocks in at only about twenty five minutes.  Perhaps this is to the benefit of the album, though, preventing itself from tiring out the listener like, say, ‘Black Seeds Of Vengeance’.

The musicianship is tight and the production is pretty cool, although the rather messy guitar tone means that much of the finer instrumental details get lost in the faster sections.  The riffs are generally catchy if not incredibly memorable and serve the job well over a finely tuned drum performance and low, roaring vocals.  It’s an order of magnitude simpler overall than Nile, but perhaps that’s for the best.  It’s markedly less self-indulgent and pandering than that band, making this album feel like it respects the listeners a bit more.

‘Gods Of Creation, Death & Afterlife’ is a good album that sadly has gone mostly unnoticed by the metal scene, which is too bad, as it’s a worthwhile release for any death metal (or Nile) fan in general.  It’s not remarkably original (as you could guess), but it does its job well with some very fine death metal songs.  Give it a try if you can find it at a decent price.

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~ by noktorn on September 1, 2008.

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