Following a three-year gap since their 2011-released “O’ Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres” LP, American death/doom duo, ENCOFFINATION, confirm the next chapter in their discography, finalizing their third full-length opus for arrival in mid-2014.
Construction on the third ENCOFFINATION LP has been underway for a full year, recorded in various sessions throughout 2013 with the bulk of it taking place last Spring; the drums were recorded at Universal Sound in San Diego, California, and the rest at Graf Yairden in Atlanta. As the band is well into the mixing stages of the final sessions, they proclaim the name of the impending hymnal, “III – Hear Me, O’ Death. (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs)”.
“We have made a pained effort to make this record as monstrous and suffocating as possible. We want to pull the listener even further into the abyss we channeled with the first two records. A conscious effort has been made to lengthen the tracks, to envelop the listener in the drear we invoke as we create our sound” offers the band’s strings and throat contributor, Ghoat. “The concept, as opposed to the last record’s theme of death practices, of this record is the glorification of death: an offering to the embodiment of death’s creation, and to sing the wretched hymns of death’s omnipresence, to kneel to death’s crown as we all shall fall under death’s eventual grasp. There will be more of the texture presented on the last record: organs, samples, choirs, and more, all with the same acrid funereal doom we have become known for. If the last record were a tool to teach about death, this record is that creation.”
A final release date, cover art, track listing and samples of the wretched recordings will be released in the coming weeks. At press time, several confirmed track titles include “Charnel Bowels of a Putrescent Earth,” “Cemeteries of Purgation,” “Crowned Icons,” “Mould of Abandonment,” “Rotting Immemorial,” and “From His Holy Cup Drink; Come Death.”
“III – Hear Me, O’ Death. (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs)” is set for summer 2014 release on various formats (2XCD, 2XLP, cassette) on Selfmadegod Records.
Formed in 2008 by drummer Elektrokutioner (Black Pentagram Cult, Father Befouled, Festered, Scaremaker, etc.) and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Ghoat (Father Befouled, Festered, Vomitchapel, ex-Hills of Sefiroth, etc.), ENCOFFINATION perpetuate a suffocating style of slow-motion, dirge-infused death metal infused with funeral doom bleakness. Their 2010-debut EP, Temples Descend Below the Earth, instantly attained the attention of the underground, but it was their devastating Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh LP that inundated the scene like a plague, the album initially released later that year through a limited cassette run, which caught the attention of Selfmadegod Records, who issued the album on CD and eventually LP. A pair of EPs and a split with Grave Upheaval bridged Ritual Ascension… and the follow up LP, O’ Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres, released in 2011 through Selfmadegod. In 2012, Debumur-Morti released the five-song Elegant Funerals for the Unknown Dead EP, after which the creators began creating their latest monstrosity, “III – Hear Me, O’ Death. (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs)”.