Pure, unadulterated filth.
That’s a quick summation of this record. If you want to know more, read on.
Active since 2015, Coscradh (meaning “blood curdling” in old Irish and “prevention” in Scottish Gaelic) play music that come from the place where black metal and death metal meld together, with neither being the dominant influence.
It’s murky, it’s primitive, it’s bone crushing, it’s harrowing.
Having already put out a demo, this was supposed to be a split with Floridians Caveman Cult but has now seen the light as an EP.
The cover is a wonder to behold. Slightly reminiscent of Eddie Campbell’s work in ‘From Hell’, it’s a suitably bleak and nihilistic image that is rich in detail (is that blood running from the mouth of the figure on the left, or is it his decaying skin), frames the record correctly in the mind of the listener and stands on it’s own merit as well.
‘Disappeared’ throws the listener in at the deep end with it’s full force barrage of blackened riffs and vocals drenched with reverb.
It sounds utterly chaotic (and the claustrophobic production certainly abates this), but there are little moments of groove that give the song a certain nuance, allowing for extra space so the riffs can hit their mark.
It’s a proper assault on the senses, and all the better for it. I love the roar of despair around the 2:32 mark and how it sustains before fading out in favour of feedback and noise, with screams and howls intermittingly appearing in the mix.
‘Hangwoman’ delivers another deranged, bulldozing attack. It doesn’t quite hit the mark the way ‘Disappeared’ did (probably because the mix is a little too chaotic at times), but it’s worth it just for the lead break at 3:13 which begins as noise, before fashioning itself into a frenzied solo.
‘Saor sa hAnbháis’ is a sadistic, ten minute number that flirts with noise and sludge to create an apocalyptic sounding monster that could rival Nomadic Rituals.
By stretching the song out, it becomes something of an endurance test to the listener, as it’s intensity demands nothing less than complete attention from the listener. At the end, the listener is spent, but exhilarated.
Simply put, Coscradh have taken up where Zom left off and added extra dirt and despair to the sound. Bring on an LP as soon as possible.
4 / 5 – Christopher Owens ::: 25/11/17