Coffinworm – IV.I.II
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Sanford Parker.
Mastered by Collin Jordan.
Release Date: March 18, 2014, Profound Lore Records
Genre-defying noisy metallic Indianapolis, Indiana juggernaut Coffinworm have made what will surely be a contender for Heavy Album of the Year (I can’t even imagine a scenario where it wouldn’t finish in the top three). I’ve been aware of Coffinworm for a couple of years now, but I never bothered to check them out until recently, which I now realize was a stupid, stupid thing to do. The fact that frontman Dave Britts is a former member of genre-defying noisy metallic Bloomington, Indiana-by-way-of-Indianapolis, Indiana juggernaut Racebannon should have been enough to make me listen, but I am sometimes dumb about checking out new bands. What’s important is that I picked up a copy of their latest album a few days ago, and holy motherfucking shit, friends, that sumbitch is good.
IV.I.VIII combines the dense, multi-layered, off-kilter riffs of label mates Portal with the bombast and aggression of Today is the Day and drags them through the swamp where members of Eyehategod are hanging around getting high, then forces it through a doomy Midwestern sieve. This album sounds like being pursued through the woods on a foggy half-moon night just after a thunderstorm rolled through and brought a massive cold front. Or maybe that’s just me. There are times when the album feels downright oppressive and starts to become almost suffocating, but in a good way (which doesn’t seem to make sense, but it really does, when you hear it).
The soundtrack to mankind’s undoing is IV.I.VIII. All hope is lost. Let the chaos take you away.
Here’s a sample:
“Instant Death Syndrome” from IV.I.VIII
In conclusion, if you enjoy blistering noise jammed into in your festering riffs and bloodcurdling screams, and you enjoy being terrified by the sounds coming out of your speakers, you should not hesitate to purchase IV.I.VIII, preferably from your local music shop, and listen to it as loud as possible.
If you follow my advice and pick up this album, it will not be at all difficult for you to stay heavy.
Epilogue: Songs from the bands I referenced above, in case you haven’t heard them.
“Curtain” by Portal, from Vexovoid (2013) – This video is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I could watch it all day.
“Death Curse” by Today is the Day, from Pain is a Warning (2011) – Motherfucking bombast!
“My Name Is God (I Hate You)” by Eyehategod, from Dopesick (1996) – This song wants to hurt you.