COFFINS is a Japanese doom-death band, formed in 1996, that has scavenged the depths of evil and darkness throughout their decade-plus existence as they slowly work toward a flawless refinement of all the things we love about the genre. According to Exclaim!, COFFINS might not innovate but instead “reanimate one of the darkest, most oppressive chapters of metal with consummate style and punishing panache.” Band members have displayed their immense talent and power since their debut full-length, Mortuary in Darkness, released on Razorback Recordings in 2005. A year later, they followed up with their sophomore release, The Other Side of Blasphemy, released through Imperium Productions. This album managed to somehow increase the heaviness of Mortuary, but it wasn’t until 2008’s Buried Death that the band truly reached the sonic nirvana they had been aiming at since their beginnings.
Buried Death, which Metal Reviews referred to as “satisfyingly heavy” as well as “raw and nasty,” was released through 20 Buck Spin and would be the band’s final full-length before signing to Relapse Records in early 2011. Before the signing, COFFINS spread their sound across an enormous amount of split-releases with such acclaimed acts as Warhammer, StormCrow, and Hooded Menace. Additionally, the band has performed shows with bands such as Yob and Kylesa, and has made appearances at Roadburn Afterburner and Los Angeles Murder Fest. COFFINS also just finished a massive European tour, following thorough excursions in the east and west coasts as well as a successful tour in Australia.
In 2013, COFFINS released their fourth full-length and Relapse Records debut The Fleshland. A refreshing and mind-bending amalgamation of doom and death metal’s greatest moments, the LP shows COFFINS smashing down everything in their path with nine grisly tracks. With over forty-five minutes of low-end, sludge-infiltrated, plodding, doom, captured with some of the best production values in the band’s meaty catalog of carnage, TheFleshland was recorded at Tokyo’s Noise Room Studio with engineer Shigenori Kobayashi, and produced by Bungo Uchino and the rest of COFFINS.
Now in 2019, COFFINS return with their 5th full-length album Beyond The Circular Demise. Recorded and mastered at Noise Room Studio, Beyond The Circular Demise encompasses all of the death and doom that has defined COFFINS and their career as the underground’s torchbearers for over 20 years.
No frills, no trends, no fashion. This is COFFINS at their most unforgiving and uncompromising. Bone crushing riffs are set against pounding war drums, while hallowed screams preach fire and brimstone. Tracks such as “Forgotten Cemetery”, “Impuritious Minds” and more, highlight Beyond the Circular Demise as one of the band’s cornerstone releases. Featuring album art by the legendary Chris Moyen (Incantation, Blasphemy). Prepare for total death!COFFINS are: