COFFIN CAROUSEL – BETWEEN DEATH & DEAD (Eclipse Records)
From sunny Australia comes Coffin Carousel, a doomy sounding punk metal band (or so they label themselves), ready and willing to rape your ear holes.
My first impressions of Between Death & Dead is that this band doesn’t sound punk at all. The first few tracks are a bit more dragging than I would’ve expected, almost like Ghost. After a bit, though, the songs pick up a bit and it becomes a weird amalgam of Green Day and Deadsy, and that’s really the most accurate comparison you’re going to get, in my opinion. Like Blink 182 on Quaaludes. They even do the Misfits-style hair thing down the face.
The listenabilty picks up a bit because of it, thankfully. I think if the band had carried on with the doomy Ghost emulation, I’d have gotten bored very quickly.
Buuuut I did get bored. The problem with this disk is that it’s very one dimensional. I’m sure the one-hand-in-the-air-one-behind-the-back gothic two-step dancing crowd would like this stuff, but that’s about it. I could probably get into these guys live, but I had a very difficult time sitting and enjoying the disk. You get the very distinct impression that this band was the dream child of the lead singer and thus built a band around him.
The upshot is, if you’re into this type of thing, you’ll like it. The album is full of short, punk-style songs (18 tracks total, which is rare), and if you get into it, you’ll have quite a long time to listen to these guys. I am actually quite glad that we’re hearing more music from Australia. Stateside music gets there a lot, but there are only a handful of bands that come our way.
I would like to see more out of them. The formula is there, the sound is solid, and at times I did get into it. The end of the story is, though, that it’s one dimensional and kind of your basic run of the mill doom punk. For that, I give Between Death & Dead a 2.5 out of 5.
Between Death & Dead drops October 13, 2017.
FFO: Deadsy, Ghost, Skinlab
Howard Von Noise (vocals & guitars)
Skinny Horrors (bass)
Alex Stitcher (guitars)
Tim Le Spooks / Leethal [Lee Elliott] (drums)
Echoes from the Crypt
Pale Raven Sky
Beyond the Plague
Bat Shit Crazy
You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes cover)
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Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media on September 18, 2017