This split brings together doom-merchants from different continents: the USA’s ILSA and Japan’s Coffins. Both of them keep things firmly down-tuned and bleak throughout, desolate howls and wide riffs conjuring significant black clouds. This is a limited edition 12” EP, with the B-side taken up by an etching. On Relapse.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 23 February 2016
For those about to sludge, we very slowly attempt to raise our arm from the tar pit in salute of you. Such is actually the sum of Coffins’ track from this split EP with ILSA: its sluggish opening drum fill and hateful mutation of chords groans, moving at a weighed-down pace before suddenly breaking free and rolling through the next minute with growls and riffs galore. “Galore” is a pretty metal world, I think you’ll agree. While Coffins start on a pretty grotesque note, their riffs contain a good hook or two, and the track’s breakdown is full of the kind of surprises our research suggests metal fans like.
Ilsa’s side is slow. It hates you. It moves with a stilled, jaunty rhythm as their front dude verily loses his shit a hundred times over. I invite you to imagine the hell this track would likely unleash live: the rhythmic section settling on a turgid groove, the guitar chords struck with once-in-a-lifetime emphasis. I love team-building exercises, and this is some doom teamwork.
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