Uncoffined – Ceremonies of Morbidity (Review)

UncoffinedThis is the second album by Uncoffined, a doom/death band from the UK.

Featuring members of Winds of Genocide, Ceremonies of Morbidity is chock full of long songs and morbid atmospheres, as the title would suggest.

The sound is thick, oppressive and dirty. The songs crawl along, like they’re looking for victims to crush with their tomb-like weight. Taking cues from the classic Peaceville bands and extending these to the monolithic lengths found on Ceremonies of Morbidity, the album is both old-school and timeless, seeming to exist in an older time without being constrained by it.

Slow, macabre riffs work their way out of the freshly disturbed earth like unclean creatures reaching out to tear down the light. Cavernous growls ring out over the top of these as the drums sound like funeral beats, calling the living to mourn for their future.

The oppressive doom atmospheres that Uncoffined create are quite relentless in their delivery, with foul moods and fell feelings being the main courses at the band’s feast of despair and darkness.

As the album progresses it’s clear that this is a band with a singular intent. Their doom-laden vision is focused on their task; to create music that’s slow, crushing and full of so much sorrowfully gloomy feeling that you can almost taste the unnatural worlds that they conjure up.

Ceremonies of Morbidity is an album that is easy to get caught up in. The atmospheres that Uncoffined create are perfect for the style they’ve chosen to play and the doom flows freely while the grim, aggressive screams and growls provide an edge of brutality to the music’s despondent, morose nature.

Reeking of horror and death, Ceremonies of Morbidity is precisely the kind of doom-ridden album that is so enjoyable if you’re a fan of the style.

Highly recommended.

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