When Ghoat and Elektrokutioner teamed together in 2008 to give (still-)birth to Encoffination
, there probably remained not one single doubt about those two guys’ initial intent. Ghoat, of Father Befouled
fame, among others, and Elektrokutioner, Decrepitaph
’s mastermind, are known in the Death Metal
scene to be lovers of anything oldschool, but little were we prepared to receive the mortal blow that was Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh
Putrid and slow as an amputated zombie, the music of Encoffination
's debut took Death Metal
into the realms of rigor mortis as fast as a blindman sitting on broken down wheelchair. On Decrepitaph
’s Condemned Cathedral
, Elektrokutioner had clearly expressed his passion for acts like Obituary
, known to drop down the pace to a languid stupor, but together with Ghoat, he pushed the resolution even further.
With its distinct Father Befouled
touch thanks to Ghoat, Encoffinations’ music is clearly not aiming at pleasing your average Death Metal
fan. If you have no love or acquired taste for the plainer Doom Death
acts, chances are you’ll have a hard time getting into either one of their two records. And
most likely even so more with sophomore release O’ Hell
, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres.
Where the debut would indulge in inserting a few horror movie samples to give some welcome “color” into Encoffination
’s music, this latest release forbids any such frivolities. Besides a few bell tolls to accentuate the mortuary impression, it is all about slow-paced (even more than on the debut), crushing, omnidoompotent Death Metal
that shows no mercy nor gives any quarter. In this regard, the experience is even more demanding than it previously was though musically Encoffination
has not moved an inch from their stand.
To sum this up, if you had acquired Encoffination
's debut and liked it, you will not be disappointed except if you were looking for some kind of evolution in their music (though I’d be surprised if it were the case if you follow that peculiar scene). If you didn’t know up until now what this band was about, brace yourself up with courage and perseverance as the chills will eventually come if you let the cold touch of Encoffination
pierce right through your bones.