Here we have 40 minutes of classic death metal. It’s a simple and effective old-school formula that Coffin Curse have, and they use it very well indeed.
These songs are packed with menace and foul macabre atmospheres. Coffin Curse were clearly brought up on the sort of death metal that relies on dynamics and songcraft more than anything else, and it shows in their work. The band’s songwriting takes influence from the likes of Morbid Angel and Immolation, while injecting enough of Coffin Curse’s own personality into the sinister riffs, gruesome guitars, and crushing compositions to stand up proudly on its own merits.
The vocals are primarily harsh, nasty growls. They sound like two boulders of granite grating against each other, and the singer is to be commended for his inhuman delivery. Additionally, serrated screams add sharp texture to the main growls.
The music’s timeless assault is malevolent and dirty, while also containing enough hooks and catchiness to satisfy. Each of the songs has something to recommend itself, and taken as a whole Ceased to Be is a strong album. Well-written and performed with real passion, this is death metal that’s for fans of the pure, 90s-era style.
Coffin Curse’s debut album is an immediately likeable, gratifyingly traditional slab of pure death metal. Very highly recommended.