Published Feb 26, 2016Some people have all the luck. Consider D.C.-based death-doomers Ilsa, who've scored both a deal with Relapse for a forthcoming full-length and a brutal split with Japanese noiseniks Coffins. Previously having shared a split with Finnish sludge-packers Hooded Menace, it's only logical that these two like-minded groups would convene at the altar of Celtic Frost worship, since they were surely separated after their fetid births.
Coffins kicks off with "Tyrant," a growling swinger composed of minor chords and a double-timed mid-section, like Winter at 45 rpm. Ilsa's cut is more creatively incisive; "Cult of the Throne" is a Grief-like number, with equal time given to plodding doom marches and double-kick drum death sprints, and the song builds to a semi-melodic outro with Orion's gravelly shrieks. This is truly split-release heaven, as both bands complement and fortify each other with their respective dark, unguinous riffage for fans of primeval doom. (Relapse)