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Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh
September 2010
Released: 2010, Selfmade God Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Encoffination is a two man death/doom metal hybrid with one previous 7 inch EP release already under their belts. Encoffination's guitarist and vocalist Ghoat has performed with Festered and Father Befouled while drummer Elektrokutioner has previously been in Decrepitaph, Festered, Tombstones, Beyond Hell, and Scaremaker to name a few.

RITUAL ASCENSION BEYOND FLESH opens with the short intro piece "Procession" segueing into the plodding two ton heaviness of "Nefarious Yet Elegant Are The Bowels of Hell". The vocals of Ghoat are really cool in my opinion, he's got that super low death metal belch that is mixed damn near perfect on this record. The vocal approach is not super high in the mix, it looms and almost interweaves itself into the dirge-y doom and gloom creating a robust sepulchral atmosphere of the fiery tar-pits of hell (if I didn't know any better I'd suspect these two worship at the altar of Incantation). "Eucharist of Bone and Flame" comes down like a ton of bricks, the percussion of Elektrokutioner is like an iron-smith hammering away on an anvil and juxtaposes nicely with track five "Interlude" which continues to clang away whilst Catholic priests softly recite some rites of passage in the background.

This album is getting good really fast. "Beyond the Grace of Flesh Go I" is another standout track, delivered loosely almost as if the band were having a temper tantrum while heavily sedated on nitrous oxide and bear tranquilizers. Still coherent in its ferocity, but gelatinously slow in its delivery. "Coffinpsalms" wraps up this affair and is the album's most ambitious offering of death/doom clocking in at a whopping eight minutes and twenty seconds. This track furthers the band's use of samples and incorporates the use of what sounds like a twelve string guitar.

For what it's worth, I would have to say this is a most crushing release. Encoffination aptly depict a dismal world of fire and brimstone, a musical portal to eternal suffering and damnation. This is a pretty sick record from what I would imagine are two pretty twisted individuals. I'd really be interested to how this kind of stuff transfers into a live setting, it could be really crushing.
Track Listing

1. Procession
2. Nefarious Yet Elegant Are the Bowels of Hell
3. Miasma of Rotten Serenity
4. Eucharist of Bone and Flame
5. Interlude
6. Beyond the Grace of Flesh Go I
7. Entombment of the Breathing Flesh
8. Coffinpsalms


Ghoat - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Elektrokutioner - Drums

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