"O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Even the restless dead might find the gruesome dirges of Encoffination disturbing. This two-man team of musical morticians have once again thrust themselves into a quest for the ultimate in musical morbidity and the result will have all but the most hardened death/doom addicts quaking in fear. If you thought their debut "Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh" was a nightmarish journey into a world of rotting corpses and colossal tombs, grab your crosses and pray to the Lord for protection, because that was just a warm-up for "O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres".

The biggest battle in metal this year will be between Encoffination and Disma to see who has come up with the heaviest, most torturous and macabre album. I think I will give Disma a slight edge in actual heaviness, but as far as being totally necrophiliac goes, Encoffination gets the nod. Every song here is a crawling, putrid miasma of doomy death metal in its most vile form. Apparently, Elektrocutioner and Ghoat recorded all instruments separately and mixed them together later. That gives the tunes here a truly sepulchral and eerie feeling, as if the music was recorded in prehistoric crypts. The pace is slow and grueling, the guitars and bass distorted even beyond what they were on "Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh". And as for Ghoat's's probably just as well his cavernous, mushy grumble is incomprehensible, because it is likely lyrics to such tracks as "Rites of Ceremonial Embalm'ment", "Washed And Buried" and "Crypt of His Communal Devourment" are unwholesome in the extreme.

If you're a ghoulish fiend who worships early Incantation and even funeral doom such as Thergothon and Rigor Sardonicous, you cannot pass up this ultimate descent into death and madness. Encoffination to me seems to sum up the horror behind the "Blind Dead" movies much more than even Hooded Menace does. Only for the strongest of souls to endure!