COFFINS / ILSA: Release Split Details, Premiere New Coffins Track, Prepare For Tour
Japanese deathmongers COFFINS and Baltimore heavyweights ILSA have announced a new split release due out via Relapse Records. A double dose of crushing, cross-continental death/doom/sludge devastation from two of the scene’s leading purveyors of sonic filth, the two-song split Coffins / Ilsa is set for worldwide release on LP/Digital this February 26. The album will be available on limited oxblood and black vinyl, both of which include an etching on side B. Decibel has just premiered an exclusive stream of COFFINS’ contribution to the split, the crushing track “Tyrant”: stream it now AT THIS LOCATION.
COFFINS will also be on tour in the US with Noothgrush this February, while ILSA has also announced a number of US dates this coming Spring. The two bands will be performing together at St. Vitus in Brooklyn on February 15. Full tour dates for both artists can be found below.
COFFINS is a Japanese doom-death band, formed in 1996, that has scavenged the depths of evil and darkness throughout their decade-plus existence as they slowly work toward a flawless refinement of all the things we love about the genre. According to Exclaim!, COFFINS might not innovate but instead “reanimate one of the darkest, most oppressive chapters of metal with consummate style and punishing panache.” Band members have displayed their immense talent and power since their debut full-length, Mortuary in Darkness, released on Razorback Recordings in 2005. A year later, they followed up with their sophomore release, The Other Side of Blasphemy, released through Imperium Productions. This album managed to somehow increase the heaviness of Mortuary, but it wasn’t until 2008’s Buried Death that the band truly reached the sonic nirvana they had been aiming at since their beginnings.
Buried Death, which Metal Reviews referred to as “satisfyingly heavy” as well as “raw and nasty,” was released through 20 Buck Spin and would be the band’s final full-length before signing to Relapse Records in early 2011. Before the signing, COFFINS spread their sound across an enormous amount of split-releases with such acclaimed acts as Warhammer, StormCrow, and Hooded Menace. Additionally, the band has performed shows with bands such as Yob and Kylesa, and has made appearances at Roadburn Afterburner and Los Angeles Murder Fest. COFFINS also just finished a massive European tour, following thorough excursions in the east and west coasts as well as a successful tour in Australia.
In 2013, COFFINS released their fourth full-length and Relapse Records debut The Fleshland. A refreshing and mind-bending amalgamation of doom and death metal’s greatest moments, the LP shows COFFINS smashing down everything in their path with nine grisly tracks. With over forty-five minutes of low-end, sludge-infiltrated, plodding, doom, captured with some of the best production values in the band’s meaty catalog of carnage, The Fleshland was recorded at Tokyo’s Noise Room Studio with engineer Shigenori Kobayashi, and produced by Bungo Uchino and the rest of COFFINS.
Uchino – Guitars
Koreeda – Bass
Satoshi – Drums
Tokita – Vocals
Formed in 2008, Washington, D.C.’s ILSA has wasted no time in spreading its unique brand of cloying, compelling and crusty death/doom throughout the underground and beyond. Ever since the release of its debut full-length The Maggots Are Hungry (Odium Generis Humani), ILSA has produced nearly one effort every year, including three further full-length LPs and two splits with like-minded extreme metal comrades and Relapse labelmates Seven Sisters of Sleep and Hooded Menace. The band has shown just as much ambition on the live circuit as well – ILSA has played numerous festivals in D.C., performed Maryland Deathfest in 2013, and has played shows throughout the US with artists such as Windhand, Coffins, and many others. After the May 2015 release of the band’s fourth album, The Felon’s Claw (A389 Recordings), ILSA signed to Relapse Records, and, following the band’s forthcoming split with COFFINS, is now preparing to write yet another full-length in the near future.
Joshy – Drums
Orion – Vocals
Brendan – Guitar
Sharad – Bass
Tim – Guitar