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Review: Coprophemia – Abhorrigenesis

This week I’m bringing you brutal death metal from Canada under the name of Coprophemia with their 2nd full-length album Abhorrigenesis. There are 11 tracks (2 are interludes of some sort) and they are all rather brief songs. Abhorrigenesis brings the heat in the form of riffs, fast drumming, and well-crafted basslines. You can listen/check out Abhorrigenesis on their Bigcartel

Let me start off by saying every song on here hits hard and doesn’t let up much at all. Everything is constantly moving, as you would expect from a brutal death metal band. The bass is audible and that’s already a great sign. Sometimes it follows the guitar, sometimes not. The vocals have a unique sound to them; they aren’t guttural, not pig squealy, and not high. The best I can describe is that they are harsh and raw. They are also rather clear for what it is; so hearing the lyrics isn’t as much of a challenge. The guitar tones are dirty, but not sloppy about it, which can likely be credited to proper mastering/mixing.

The riffs don’t stop on “…And Consumes Us All.” There are two parts that let the drums and bass take over (one being the ending) and you can’t really help but nod your head in appreciation. The song goes from all kinds of movement to that and it’s pretty slick. Melodic leads come in sometimes that are somewhat lurking in the background, but still present enough to be noted because they do add an air of quality to “…And Consumes Us All.” Also the bass work throughout the song is very interesting so listen for that.

There are a few more songs that have more going on. That meaning more active riffs and drumming. Three songs come to mind, but for drumming look to “Hour of the Witch.” Even though one riff will be playing, the drummer switches between blast beats and other fast grooves, so shout out to him. Don’t let me fool you though, there are a few solid riffs used interchangeably with equally dirty leads with them.

The intros for most songs on Abhorrigenesis are really sick, including “Hour of the Witch,” “Palace of Pine,” and “Supreme Dark Covenant.” I put “Supreme Dark Covenant” on there because it has a rather different intro compared to a lot of other songs, then when the drums come in there are a few seconds of oddly timed snare hits and the dissonance of that is quite charming. Further into “Supreme Dark Covenant” are more technical riffs with accompanying bass and a brief sense of horror. I think that stems from one of the earlier riffs because it doesn’t last long, but it sure is cool.

“Coalesce the Human Condition” and “An Ode to Kingdoms Cold” both start immediately into the heaviness and sound more like how you’d expect brutal death metal to sound like. On “Coalesce the Human Condition” the chorus displays a decent contrast to the verses just by the way things flow. Instead of being constant sound, some things are able to ring out and it allows the song to breathe. This chorus is also pretty catchy, watch out. “An Ode to Kingdoms Cold” has a similar deal happening except with a few specific riffs instead of the chorus. I can’t really pinpoint them, but you will know when you hear it. One of those riffs is tapped and it’s just nice.

I’m going to wrap the review up there and say that if you like fast death metal that isn’t stereotypical or generic or anything along those lines then to check out Abhorrigenesis. Short song lengths make this album fly by so it’s a great choice if you are under time restraints. The overall production is nice, though sometimes one of the guitar tracks was either a little low or a little high, but that’s hardly an issue for me. Aside from the two tracks that aren’t full songs, every song on here is worth listening to fully through. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Rate: 9.1/10

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