Being unsettled by music can be nice, as long as you're in the mood for it -- better to be perturbed by the devil you know, right? Sometimes that comes in the form of haunting soundscapes, ghastly topics, or just sheer overwhelming volume -- other times, when one's attention is fragmented and rapidly losing the ability to listen at all, we need constant chaos: music that's reliably insane, and yet still structured enough that conscious attention is unnecessary.

Portland's Coffin Apartment is a three-piece exercise in just this: oddball extreme metal that lashes together noise rock, hardcore punk, death, grind, and a host of other curiosities into a cohesively bizarre offering. As creepy and inviting as the disembodied smile that graces the album art's doorway is, it's nowhere near as weirdly cool as the music itself. We're streaming a small slice of their debut full-length Full Torso Apparition now -- check out "Hyperphagic Blues":

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While other tracks on Full Torso Apparition flex the band's grind and death muscles (check out the other streaming singles), Hyperphagic Blues is a sludgy, post-hardcore-ish rocker, electrified by the band's signature surges of noise and glitchy aberrations that add harmonic excitement to the already gnarly tones. As soon as the song starts in earnest, there's no stopping it: one riff leads to the next, semi-truck-sized drum fills guiding the way as anxious shouts detail out the song's message.

With a massively imposing mix and steadily building tension, there's not much room to breathe. The creepy semi-melodies at play, feeling equally born from trauma and greed, grow increasingly agitated, driving your own unease. Calling back to the band name, which describes inhumanly small living accommodations, it does make me a bit claustrophobic: the ravenous pace of "Hyperphagic Blues" eats away even at your peace of mind.

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Full Torso Apparition releases November 20th. Preorders available via Bandcamp.
Regarding "Hyperphagic Blues," guitarist/vocalist Johnny Brooke comments:

This song really highlights our democratic songwriting process. I feel like bands are usually kind of led by one primary songwriter and this band really gives each member a voice. Our bassist Brody is the primary lyricist and vocalist on this track. Thematically it's a consumer's lament on a legacy of bad habits, and trying to fill or forget a feeling of emptiness only to realize the attempt was futile.


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