Coph Nia - Shape Shifter

Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2010

This might be the best album Cold Meat has ever released. This album has put my caffeine-addicted ass to sleep every night I’ve had it, and in record time. Not because it is boring, but because it is so relaxing and soothing. Dark, minimalistic, ambient soundscapes provide a surreal feeling of calm horror and gentle oppression. The foundation of the compositions is an atmosphere of the world around you slowly caving in. What separates Coph Nia is the addition of vocals in a truly unique way. Either a tranquil spoken word or a softly, eloquently sung voice that almost seems disembodied from the surrounding darkness. There is occasionally a choir arrangement that will actually heighten tension and add an epic sensibility. The instrumentation is sparse, a touch of piano here and there and some scattered drums is about it. I usually don’t go for such unconventional methods of songwriting, but this is just done so well. One of the darkest pieces of music ever composed, and it will be a long time before I listen to anything else at bedtime. Features a cover of “Stigmata Martyr” that Bauhaus fans will have to hear to believe.

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