Monday, November 19, 2012
Encoffination - O'Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres (2011)
This is not to say that Encoffination are a lost cause as the band does manage to get a lot right despite their flaws. The tuning and guitar sound overall is impeccable. This is the kind of shit you'd imagine accompanying your thoughts as you cross the River Styx on your way to Medusa's isle. The key phrase here is 'cavernous-fucking-gloom' folks, and Encoffination has quite the impressive grasp on this concept. There are plentiful amounts of crawling doom riffs, drudged through the depths of the river of death and vocalist Justin Stubbs emits a spectral croak to rival those of Craig Pillard and Will Rahmer combined. Again, the problem with Encoffination is that the "miss" moments unfortunately outweigh the hits and I ultimately find myself reaching for something less yawn inducing.
It's actually all a bit disheartening to me as "death/doom" is a style of music very dear to my heart, yet so few truly grasp it's essence. It's obvious that Encoffination do, in fact, have a thorough understanding of what it is that they've involved themselves in. If these guys would take a moment before releasing 52 ep's, 7"s, full length albums and what have you, and actually spent a moment "crafting" instead of mindlessly releasing shit for the sake of being prolific, I'm sure the band could come up with something worthwhile, and I mean that sincerely as I can plainly see that they are in possession of all the proper ingredients. Only time will tell.