In Coffinrot, the members each draw on their unique influences to fuse other elements into traditional death metal. Lyrical themes delving into the macabre and the darker side of human nature are abundant. Dark, doom, thrash and progressive metal influences may be found sneaking their way into the instrumentation. With the release of Retribution Divine, the band is excited to finally bring metal to the masses!
Carnal snarls, wicked growls, and riffs from the bowels of eternal damnation is exactly what you will get with the album Retribution Divine by Coffinrot.
There is something charismatic about this album, particularly the song Retribution Divine, you want to get drawn into its darkness and allow it to consume you. Like it’s a musical nightmare due to its heaviness that you don’t mind if you don’t wake up right away. You just follow the growls down into the depths of an unexplored realm of the mind, a place many not dare to venture because they fear the thoughts that might exist within. But you continue to follow that growl and fast paced rhythm, intrigued to see where it takes you, then towards the end of the song is an enchanting breakdown where you feel calm, and know you are about to wake up. Or do you? Do you remain in darkness or return to the light? Music can release you from any prison you have trapped yourself within, and maybe within the darkness is actually the way back to the sanity of the mind.
Husk of Skin - Coffinrot
Then you get to songs like Sentenced to Serve where you are taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions, like the darkness just taunting the light. You get hooked by the hypnotic cadence of the intro only to be led down into the darkness of the growling vocal style. Almost like you are walking down this darkened staircase where the growling is calling out to you to keep making your way into the unknown. Where at times you have this peaceful serenity of the guitar’s rhythm only for it to be shattered by that voice. Until you get to the point where you fall thru the staircase and spiral downward into a never ending pit of anguish. Where at least you don’t feel alone because others have made that same fall and are now with you in that descent.
Husk of Skin is for all you thrash metal fans out there. It starts off fast and ends just as fast but gives you some moments to breathe with excellently executed breakdowns. Where you have the guitars driving the rhythms hard and the vocalist keeping you in his trance so you never want the song to end.
One thing you can say about the album Retribution Divine, there is variety which is refreshing within the death metal genre. Often times when listening to death metal album multiple times the songs begin to fade into each other, they start to sound the same. That is not the case with Coffinrot, they are true to their unique sound and their preferred genre but they still deliver variety to the listener so we can fully enjoy their artistic abilities. You are not weighed down by the overbearing sense of doom and anguish, you get moments of calm. Anyone who has ever experienced some of the darker emotions of life, can appreciate and understand that. Even when you are trapped in the prison of the mind, you get moments to live again. Who knows, maybe after you listen to this album, you can escape that prison and enjoy life more, because you finally have released all the pain and found a place in the world where there is no judgment, only understanding, which is of course is within music.
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