|Review: Vacant Coffin - Sewer Skullpture|
Label: Selfmadegod Records
Year released: 2019
Originally released in: 2008
Review online: January 8, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Vacant Coffin are a short-lived project containing members from Finnish luminaries like Phlegethon and Hooded Menace. I'm generally skeptical of Death/Grind, but this leans more on the Death side of things while retaining the speed, attitude, and brutally short song lengths of Grind. The playing is energetic and the riffs range from decent to pretty good, but the songs tend to go by in a blur of blasting and growling while failing to stand out amongst each other. There are places where the band slows down and even introduce some John Carpenter-esque keyboards, and these parts show the band at their most distinct and interesting. That said, most of the good ideas in these sections were taken and refined in Hooded Menace a few years later, making this more of a historical curiosity than anything else. The addition of their demo The Thrashed Supper stapled to the end, along with an interview by our very own Luxi originally done for this site, does add some additional value to the package, but the demo is just more of the same with a worse production and some bad vocal gurgling, so it's not enough to make this an essential purchase.
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