Misanthropy and self-harm are the leading themes of the album and “Night of the Horned Rebirth” acts somehow as a manifesto for the structure of most tracks: a soaring blaze of rage conveyed through an assault of cymbals and harsh screams, immediately followed by the dark and depressive feeling that runs through all the album, along with a rather shallow production that indeed makes it sound really “old school”. “Luciferian Assault” is more or less Darkthron-esque when it comes to essential songwriting and high-speed vibe. “Goatcraft” is similar to the opener in style and structure, still displaying a glimpse of savage energy that always seems toned down and hushed by some mysterious force – not strong enough to be oppressive or haunting, anyway. “Whilst Night of the Followers Part 1” rolls away with no particular thrill, its second part has a post-black metal album and a full drum sound that fill in for some weak points through the tracklist.
Certainly this is not to be regarded as a lackadaisical album, but it misses some nails to really claw in to the listener’s ears and spirit.
The Wood Is My Coffin was released on January 21, 2014 on Moribuond Records.
1. Night of the Horned Rebirth
2. Luciferian Assault
4. Dawn of the Followers - Part 1
5. Dawn of the Followers - Part 2
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