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Full Of Hell Coagulated Bliss


Coagulated Bliss
1. Half Life of Changlings 2. Doors to Mental Agony 3. Transmuting Chemical Burns 4. Fractured Bonds To Mecca 5. Coagulated Bliss 6. Bleeding Horizon 7. Vomiting Glass 8. Schizoid Rupture 9. Vacuous Dose 10. Gasping Dust 11. Gelding Of Men 12. Malformed Ligature
2024 Closed Casket Activities
Our score 9

4/25/2024

Right from their inception 15 years ago and onward, Full of Hell hit the ground running with an amalgamation of blackened hardcore that's pulled from all corners of extreme metal, mixing elements of death metal, grindcore and harsh noise in equal measure and showing continuous evolution from each album to the next. Rather it was their multiple collaboration efforts with Nothing, The Body and legendary noise artist Merzbow, their 5 previous full lengths or the multitude of splits and EP's released, they've continually pushed the boundaries of their sound with each new release, much to the delight of a rabid fanbase earned through a combination of their output and a decade plus of heavy touring and an absolutely menacing live presence onstage.

For their 6th full length release and first for Closed Casket Activities, they've once again gone in a different direction, choosing to scale back the more experimental aspects of their sound in favor of a full on focus of the blisteringly heavy blasts of punk influenced grindcore that sits as the skeleton for their overall sound. In this case, less is in fact more as this distilled and stripped down version of the bands sound also houses their hardest hitting material to date.

With extra layers of density in the way of added noise elements and guest artists removed from the equation, the absolute insanity that of Full of Hell's guitarwork, maniacal rhythm section and scorched earth vocals are allowed to thrive in their full intensity, and they couldn't have picked a better set of songs to go this route with. By a large margin this set of songs house some of the catchiest and heaviest material they've crafted thus far, and while most of the songs on Coagulated Bliss fall under the 2 minute mark, their sheer force and impact leave an immediate mark that deepens with each repeat listen. Opener “Half Life of Changlings” opens with an angular riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a 90's post hardcore record before quickly descending into the blasts of violent grindcore they've made their namesake from. 

Like the majority of the songs on Coagulated Bliss, it's over before you can even fully process it but sticks with you all the same. There's also a shift towards catchy moments on this record, like the driving fist in the air riff that opens up single “Doors To Mental Agony” or the stage dive inducing ending of “Transmuting Chemical Burns”. These moments serve as a big highlight of the songwriting that's made Full of Hell more than just yet another extreme metal band, and shows clearly why they've pulled so many converts in over the years. 

 

This approach to a more stripped down version of the band's sound reminds heavily of Converge's pivot with 2004's You Fail Me, the follow up to their lauded classic Jane Doe that also pulled back many of the more dense elements of their sound in favor of something much more raw and organic. Much like it did with that record, it pays of well for Full of Hell here, as while there's definitely something to be said for them pushing the boundaries of their sound with experimental elements throughout the years, Coagulated Bliss is a great opportunity to show what a force they are themselves beneath all of those layers. And while the majoirty of the record is focused on sub 2 minute blasts of grindcore, there are a few exceptions here, like “Fractured Bonds to Mecca” which relies on a single beat to drive the the entire song in lieu of full drums, and the 6 minute midpoint “Bleeding Horizon” that takes the doom and sludge elements they've been known to dabble in and stretches it across one single song, serving as an excellent anchor to the album's arguably even more chaotic second half. 

Recorded at Developing Nations by Kevin Bernstein and mixed by the infamous Taylor Young of The Pit Recordings Studios as well as band's such as Deadbody, God's Hate and Twitching Tongues, this is the biggest, clearest and loudest that Full of Hell have ever sounded, and the somewhat stripped down nature of the songs helps to capture the overall intensity of their live shows in a way that previous records haven't.

Bottom Line: By now the majority of people reading this all either love or hate Full of Hell (and conflicting opinions aside, everyone agrees that I'm the worst Lambgoat reviewer of all time), and it's very unlikely that Coagulated Bliss is going to change your opinion on the band one way or the other. That being said, this record fully captures the backbone and base of one of extreme metal's most experimental band, housing some of their best material to date in it's purest and most distilled form. It's both a fantastic entry point for unintiated listeners and an exciting release for longtime fans, and for a band a decade and a half into an extremely prolific body of work, it doesn't get much better than that.


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easyhateoven 32 days ago

another flawless eliot review. *claps* for real though, i actually dig this album. however, not sure if i would give it a 9

lake_flaccid 32 days ago

Good band. Irrelevant but I think this is the first album cover of theirs that isn't black and white, I wonder why?

anonymous 32 days ago

Oh awesome, didn't know this was dropping. Great review.

Jimmyfloyd 32 days ago

With extra layers of density in the way of added noise elements and guest artists removed from the equation, the absolute insanity that of Full of Hell's guitarwork, maniacal rhythm section and scorched earth vocals are allowed to thrive in their full intensity, and they couldn't have picked a better set of songs to go this route with. *Head explodes*

anonymous 32 days ago

Wow some positive comments on a review for once

easyhateoven 32 days ago

full of smell

anonymous 32 days ago

There been a lot of zulu level albums lately on here, what happened

anonymous 32 days ago

Awesome album. Best artwork of the year, too!

Bortslob 32 days ago

Racists!

anonymous 32 days ago

lol, Smeliot posting a bunch of fake comments as anonymous to try and make it seem like people forgot what a piece of shit he is. He is like the annoying neighbor dog that we don't want around, but keeps showing up to shit on our lawn. f*ck this guy.

anonymous 32 days ago

they changed the game with this one. future classic. makes Jane Doe look like a Hall and Oates album

anonymous 32 days ago

Song was painfully boring. Full Of AIDS.

anonymous 31 days ago

If Jane doe is the high water mark for you, your opinion is worth one funko pop

anonymous 31 days ago

Definitely not a Zulu 9 and I listened to both albums at least 16 times. Better luck next time posers.

anonymous 31 days ago

If Eliot gives it a 9 I'm definitely listening! To something else

anonymous 31 days ago

"everyone agrees that I'm the worst Lambgoat reviewer of all time" You've brought this community closer together thank you. Also this band is gay as f*ck

Inkongudunk 31 days ago

Bad review

anonymous 30 days ago

anonymous 1 day ago lol, Smeliot posting a bunch of fake comments as anonymous to try and make it seem like people forgot what a piece of shit he is. He is like the annoying neighbor dog that we don't want around, but keeps showing up to shit on our lawn. f*ck this guy. ^ yep. And he's trying to play into it like everyone is his friend just giving him shit when in reality everyone legit hates you Elliot. Especially your parents.

anonymous 30 days ago

All Eliot does is lose

anonymous 30 days ago

Lol at Smelliot.

anonymous 29 days ago

Eli-not "Distill" your writing and spelling, motherf*cker

anonymous 28 days ago

I am not even trying to be mean, but you are really not that good at writing, it was very difficult to read that review. Your sentence structure is tough, and you are extremely verbose. Try being a little more concise yet descriptive. I couldn't really understand what I was reading.

anonymous 23 days ago

well written review, no lie. you started a sentence with "rather" though , I think unnecessarily

anonymous 22 days ago

f*ck off and die Elliot

anonymous 21 days ago

eliot you really gotta go back in time and look at older records that old reviewers gave 9's to. you're throwing them like candy at a parade. i love this band, and they've never released a 9.

lake_flaccid 17 days ago

Eliot's writing ability may be cringe, but some of you are really attached to hating on him and its pretty weird

anonymous 15 days ago

^ if he'd stop giving mediocre releases 9's left and right, maybe we'd let up. also you've always sucked so stfu lake lol