It's going to get pretty heavy. Subterranean death/doom metal duo Coffin Lurker's thick, syrupy take on the now classic style is just as much about tone as it is about execution. Heralded by two pillars of the Dutch heavy underground, Coffin Lurker's slower, tension-minded approach to death/doom metal (heavily influenced by the Australian scene) is a difficult listen as a result. Maurice de Jong's (Gnaw Their Tongues, Golden Ashes et al) guitar sound figuratively grinds large boulders into dust which, when paired with drummer Rene Aquarius' (Dead Neanderthals, DungeönHammer, Cryptae et al) destructive percussive presence, Coffin Lurker's harrowing debut proves a difficult point: complexity is in the details. When listening to Foul and Defiled, it's obvious that the music de Jong and Aquarius play is exceedingly simple, almost prohibitively so, but it's the way they do it -- impenetrable walls of distortion and head-puncturing stick attacks -- which makes Coffin Lurker so convincingly powerful.

This is not an "entry level" addition to the death/doom school, rather a challenge to the genre altogether. Eschewing the "classic doom metal" influence which made bands like Autopsy so groovy and memorable, Coffin Lurker zeros in on the word "doom" and magnifies it to horrific proportions. This is slow, loud, disgusting music, and these two backbones of the Dutch experimental heavy scene craft it so convincingly that even this anti-catchy, textured music warrants future listens.

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Foul and Defiled releases June 7th on Sentient Ruin.

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