Coffin Texts [USA]
Tomb of Infinite Ritual
Dark Descent Records
By now it should be clear how important first impressions are to me, with the album artwork being the first thing that decides whether I consciously avoid or embrace the album. Unfortunately, Coffin Texts‘ Tomb of Infinite Ritual suffers from this slight issue, but seeing how the band boasts members who have played in bands such as Possessed and Agent Steel, among many others, there is no way that this album, 12 years in the making since their debut in 2000, can be bad.
Opening track Atum (Into the Divine Sphere) leaves one scratching his head, wondering what Coffin Texts would sound like on this long-awaited sophomore album. But without leaving the listener wondering long, the band kicks off their aural onslaught with the blistering To Manifest, with the furious trem-picked riffs and the intense drumming of Emilio being the main driving force behind the music. The music on Tomb of Infinite Ritual sounds like a more furious version of Morbid Angel and the likes, especially in the vocal execution of Robert, reminiscent of David Vincent’s early works. The commanding and abrasive tone of the guitars and the urgency in the pace of the music throughout even reminds listener of later Floridian bands like Perdition Temple as well, and even the chaotic lead guitar moments are reminiscent of that of Gene Palubicki’s. The bass guitars on the record also provide some groove to the music, as evident on moments such as the intro of Final Transformation.
Though Tomb of Infinite Ritual is a rather short album in itself, lasting less than 40 minutes, the tracks that are contained within last up to 8 minutes, and display the band’s songwriting abilities. Songs such as The Sacred Eye contain a nice balance of speed, brutality and technicality, alternating between extremely fast segments to brutal, chugging and pinch-harmonic segments with ease, and all the stuff that are going on at the same time helps to ensure that not a single moment is spent wasted on the album, and it even seems that as the tracks get longer the more intense the songs gets, with one of the highest point on the album being on the 8-minute track, Divination.
While obvious from the album artwork and the band name, the lyrics on The Tomb of Infinite Ritual revolve around Egyptian themes and concepts, with song titles like The Sacred Eye and Dieties of the Prime Evil Chaos, though unlike bands like Nile, these influences are only displayed through their lyrical contents, and their music is pure straightforward, face-ripping death metal.
With Tomb of Infinite Ritual, Coffin Texts has proven that the last 12 years spent in various other projects and the writing of the album have not been in vain, and is a nice display of the result of their years of experience as musicians and songwriters.