Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Coffin Storm - Arcana Rising

Arcana Rising is the debut album from Coffin Storm, a classic metal project featuring a few familiar faces. I mean it's not every day you get a band with Apollyon (Aura Noir/Lamented Souls) and Bestial Tormentor (Infernö/Lamented Souls) plus Darkthrone’s very own Fenriz on vocals. The end result is a record that speaks not just to Fenriz's weirdly vast skill as a musician, but also the power of classic metal. This is a fun album and you can tell the guys involved had a blast creating it. But that's not all that makes this record so special.

For those who loved Darkthrone's classic The Underground Resistance there is a lot reminiscent of that particular era of the band. Replete with flashy solos, high flying performances and shredding guitars, The Underground Resistance consistently pulls listeners ever deeper into the abyss. There is a very meaningful twisted magic to the album and Fenriz's gorgeously bombastic voice is a potent guide through the storm of NWOBHM inspired riffs. There is something decidedly underground feeling about the production too, the murky old school vibes of the record seep through every facet of the music and it makes for ever more compelling listening. 

Coffin Storm have definitely made a mark with this debut. For those of us who love the depths of NWOBHM and the years that came after, represented by bands like Angel Witch and Agent Steel, will find a lot to love with this album. Arcana Rising belies a deep understanding of the genre and it's going to be hard to deny the power of this offering when it finally hits shelves on March 29th. Get ready for a ripper because Coffin Storm have definitely proved this trio isn't just limited to crafting black metal albums for kvltists.

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