Uncoffined – Ceremonies Of Morbidity

Surely, if you’re looking for old-school death doom played with property and competence, the landing in Albion land is a sort of certificate of guarantee. Uncoffined come from Durham and express in an ideal way this style of music: Ceremonies Of Morbidity is their second full length that confirms the good level already achieved with the previous Ritual Death And Funeral Rites, thanks to the cohesion of a group of musicians able to use the experience gained in the past. The engine of the band is the vocalist and drummer Kat Shevil, active in the British scene since the early nineties, guide of the handful of damned that accompanies the heinous rant; Ceremonies of Morbidity is a work that, with only five tracks, exceeds the hour of duration but all in all the weight of all this is not felt much: if you appreciate the genre will not be a problem to live with the sound pachydermic but sufficiently dynamic offered by the quartet. Thanks to an effective production that leaves to the sound that dirtiness that well suits it, the album leaves its mark, maintaining its dramatic background, also due to the inclusion of numerous samples that refer to the horror in black and white of the last century, and stands a step above the releases of similar mold that I happened to comment lately, which lacked the depth that, however, the Uncoffined manage to impress with strength to the work. Of the tracklist I point out the last two tracks, Ill Omens Of Death and Disease and Awakened From Their Dormant Slumber, which perhaps more than the others wind along the coordinates that I prefer, when the death doom turns its gaze to the debut discs of Cathedral and Anathema, or the only splendid full length published by the ephemeral Decomposed: here Uncoffined express the best, but do not demerit absolutely even in the rest of an album that reaffirms with force, if we had forgotten, which is the true home of the genre.

2016 – Memento Mori