September 2021 brought the release of a new album named Human Erase by the Minneapolis-based extreme metal band Coffin Rites, preceded by a full premiere at Decibel, which rightly acclaimed the album as “one of the year’s most crazed black/death records”, but one that would also appeal to hardcore kids alike. “It has mood, menace, and a barrage of riffs like a doomsday air strike.”
If you haven’t heard the album, it presents a significant degree of diversity among the songs, each one telling its own story in different ways, and is well worth your time from beginning to end. But the way the album begins sets the hook hard and pulls you all the way in. It does that through the bone-smashing, flesh-scorching opening track “Buried In Blood” — and thus it makes a lot of sense that the band picked that song for the video we’re premiering today.
Coffin Rites cite the likes of Carcass, Rotting Christ, and Skeletonwitch as inspirations, and that’s borne out by the ravaging amalgam of death metal, black metal, and thrash that surges in a torrent through “Buried In Blood“. Announced by grim, imperious chords, and feverish, flickering leads, the song surges ahead in bouts of maniacally clobbering and bullet-spitting drumwork, riffing that blares, boils, and blazes, and a tandem of unhinged screams and cruel, bestial growls.
The music thunders and sears, stomps and jolts, builds an atmosphere of chilling menace, and kicks the adrenaline levels into high gear with electrifying thrash riffs and a superheated solo.
The accompanying video, shot and edited by Austin Scherzberg, takes this musical thrill-ride and makes it even more of a thriller, surrounding the band in midnight bonfires and interspersing those incendiary images with the tale of a man digging a grave — and then running in terror. He collapses into the pit he has made and… well, you’ll see what happens next:
Human Erase was released via FTWNU2 Records and is available for purchase and streaming now. To tempt you further, we’ve included the full album stream below.
The album was recorded and mixed by guitarist Will Maravelas and was mastered by the great Dan Swanö at Unisound in Sweden.