What is undoubtedly one the most essential albums to hail from the doom/sludge metal underworld in some time is just days from release, as the split LP from NOOTHGRUSH and COFFINS is being prepared to deliver a quagmire of the most undiluted and bulldozing riff-and-battery escapades of the year.
Oakland’s iconic and elusive NOOTHGRUSH unload their first new material since their 2011 reformation, and beyond that since near the turn of the century. Leading off the split with three devastating new slug-paced, suffocating acts of sludge mastery, joined by Dino Somesse, of ‘90s crust icons, Dystopia, contributing vocals, this half of the platter alone is worth the price of admission to the devastation. But then you still have Tokyo’s COFFINS to deal with, the infamous henchmen surging in like a tsunami of diseased lava, their mid-paced, gutturally-charged brutality channeling the old-school death metal filth of Autopsy with an altogether more rollicking lurch. The entire package unleashes thirty minutes of primal, mandatory audio terrorism, shrouded in artwork by Josh Graham, this utterly oppressive slab of crushing doom shall be officially released on 12″ via Southern Lord in North America on November 26th.
Vice Magazine’s music haven, Noisey, is hosting a stream of the entire split, describing the album as “an implement of fucking destruction.” The post continues, “If there’s one thing you should take away from this record it is: DOOM. Oakland’s NOOTHGRUSH continue their 20-year descent into a pit of despair and hatred of humanity over three songs. And Japan’s COFFINS add two songs that sound like the soundtrack to the apocalypse.”
NOOTHGRUSH/COFFINS… Listen… right now… RIGHT HERE.
In related news, COFFINS have announced a recent shift in their ranks as current vocalist Ryo Yamada will leave the band this month for personal reasons. Taking over the vomitous vocal duties is Jun Tokita, as the band prepares for more 2014 tour actions. They’re already confirmed to perform at Obscene Extreme Asia, and then return to the U.S. for Maryland Deathfest, where NOOTHGRUSH will also bring their caustic brutality to the masses.