[ALBUM OF THE MONTH] COFFIN TORTURE - "Dismal Planet"
Doom metal denizens of the underworld, Coffin Torture, once again climb out of their subterranean lair in Westminster, South Carolina to unleash another barrel full of radioactive sludge on the unsuspecting populace. In a virulent outbreak of barbarically oozing molten metal, over-powered, over-gained, over-loaded overlords Thorfinn and Blind Samson want to slowly drag you over every square foot of the Dismal Planet.
This latest release is every bit as raw and powerful as previous releases from the band, however Dismal Planet raises the bar with a tighter, more focused sound that is so toxic, no avenger can mop it up. It is hard to fathom that this level of skull-crushing domination could be delivered by just two members: Thorfinn, the voice of desolation, delivers a guttural growl that is a war cry for doom enthusiasts and sludge-heads from every corner of this forsaken globe, while releasing a pummeling assault from his tuned-down, demonic guitar. Blind Samson hammers at the hellish forge with blood-drenched drumsticks, creating a marching beat for the vile armies of metal craving fiends.
Overall, this relentless release is both cruel and unusual, and whether you stand for or against this metal fury, know that deep below your feet in some insufferable cavern, scores of winged, horned beasts are beating their cudgels into the volcanic earth awaiting their opportunity to march across the Dismal Planet, and this record will likely be their anthem.