Coffins - _Buried Death_
(20 Buck Spin, 2008)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (7 out of 10)
Us Yanks and Brits have gotten used to Japanese bands taking our music and turning it inside out, and with the likes of Boris and Sigh, enjoyed the living hell out of it. Coffins plays it a bit straighter than that, comprising an essentially death-stricken doom style in fairly bare bones fashion, trendless yet sincere, assertive but neither overbearing nor high concept. What they have done is churn out a fairly incessant slew of releases over the past three years, most notably a good half a dozen EPs and splits in less than 18 months, and that being on top of the full-length under consideration here, _Buried Death_.

To a large extent, the band's prolificness is reflected in the eight songs making up _Buried Death_. It's not that they're half assed or lacking in intensity, just fairly indistinguishable, or traditional to a fault. Guitarist Uchino kicks up a pretty heady sludge fest, but as a singer he's about as generic as they come. And while there's little variation in pacing, Coffins definitely give the impression that _Buried Death_ would have succeeded in a more substantial manner if they'd leaned a little more heavily on the doom and cut back on the nondescript death metal flourishes. Not a bust by any means, but that said I don't see Coffins coming off the bench anytime soon.


(article published 1/9/2008)

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