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- Split by Noothgrush / Coffins
10/10 Ross D Mckendrick Customer review, 13th November 2013
I first heard that this split may happen 18 months ago. I was talking to Noothgrush guitarist Russ before the band's show in Hamburg, and he told me that Uchino from Coffins had mentioned to him the possibility of touring together when both bands played the inaugral Heavy Days In Doom Town festival a couple of days previously.
Applying the same interminable pace to their scheduling as they do to their music, both bands recently completed a joint tour of Japan to mark the release of the split. Now with the forthcoming release of the split, anyone who is not a Japanese doom fanatic has the chance to hear just how crushingly heavy these songs are.
Noothgrush open their side with their first new material in over a decade, the devastating 'Humandemic'. With a tone reminiscent of Sabbath's 'Paranoid' album, it's only new vocalist Dino Sommese's (of fellow Bay Area legends such as Dystopia and Asunder) hateful howl that drags this track screaming out of the 70's retro vibe, through the filth of the vintage 90s sludge sound, and into the miserable new millenium. With a re-recording of their classic track 'Jundland Wastes' and a 9-minute tribute to recently-deceased DJ Cy Thoth making up the remainder of their side of the record, Noothgrush are back, just as angry and heavy as ever.
Coffins themselves are known fans of their tourmates, having covered Noothgrush on their 'Sewage Sludgecore Treatment' EP, and demented band mastermind Uchino has churned out a couple of perfectly putrid tracks which fit perfectly alongside the sloppy sludge of Noothgrush's side. Lurching riffs,punishing double-kick drums, and incomprehensible growled vocals; this is death-doom at it's finest.
Having waited for a year and a half to hear this release, I can't wait to finally hold the actual record in my hands. Those who worship all that is low n' slow would do well to also pick up a copy. Ignore at your peril...
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