COFFINS from Tokyo/Japan are playing a form of death metal I last heard at the beginning of the 90ies from bands such as WINTER, DIVINE EVE, AUTOPSY or also CELTIC FROST. Doom death metal is still very unpopular within the scene, nevertheless COFFIN’s debut album „Mortuary in Darkness“ caused some stir within the underground. Aside from ANATOMIA and ZOMBIE RITUAL these guys belong to the most popular „newcomers“ for Japanese old school death metal. Singer Uchino answered my questions…
Uchino, I bought your CD with all the demos from Roy of Necroharmonic Records and shortly afterwards your album Mortuary in Darkness was released. Up till now the reactions on your music have been very, very good. Are the reactions in Japan just as positive as they are overseas? I know that often bands are despised in their own country.
Yes... Though regrettable, the reaction to our release isn't so good in Japan. But, we know that overseas freaks has accepted us. We appreciate very much to overseas freaks!! THANKS!!
I think I read that you have been active ever since 1996. Is that right? If so, it took you a pretty long time to introduce yourselves to the scene by means of a sound storage medium. Did it just take you so long to write the songs or where you just not as serious about the band back then as you are today?
We were completely put into operation again in 2003. Till then, we had many member changes at the time of formation. So, the musicality of the band didn't become settled. Furthermore, we also hardly played the live. Coffins was a very negative band.
Did you guys play in other bands before you started out with COFFINS?
I was playing in an industrial band called "COMPROMISE YOU NEED" like SWANS and GODFLESH. This band evolved and Coffins was born. KOREEDA was played in fastcore band called "CURTAIN RAIL". YOU wasn't played in band before Coffins.
How did you guys get in touch with Billy of Razorback Records who released your album? Did he write to you or did you send him your demo stuff?
We released 1st demo in 2003. We were looking for deal exactly at the time. One day, I received contact from Billy. As he was wanting to have heard our demo, we sent it to him. And we got deal of his label as it was. We were able to get deal very quickly.
Do you have any idea about how many copies of your album the label has sold so far?
I heard last month that 1st album was sold out on label from Billy. If it is true, I think that I'm very glad!! But, this album will be able to be bought in the record shop still... haha!!
Right now you are working on your second album or is it even finished already? Whats the title? Where did you record it? Have other death metal bands recorded in the respective studio? Has Chris Moyen completed the cover yet? How many songs are on it and what are they called? Am I getting on your nerves, HAHA? Well, come on, tell us something about it
Yeah!! Now, we are making release preparations of 2nd albums called "The Other Side Of Blasphemy". We already completed the recording in the same "Noise Room Recording Studio" as 1st. This album is 7 songs included and will be released in July. Maybe, Chris will complete the cover soon??
The album will be released on the German label called Imperium Productions. Will this be the vinyl version only? This label is a lot smaller und not as well-known as Razorback Records. Why are you no longer working with Billy? What made you chose Imperium? How did you get in touch with them anyway? Im curious
We think that Razorback did good job. But, As their Gore label color was very strong, we were sometimes mistaken for Gore metal band. So, we made decision which releases the next release from Death/Black metal label. I received contact from Philipp of Imperium prod exactly at the time. I heard that he was running the small death metal label and I offered him our release plan. He has consented soon. Our album will be released on CD by his idea.
Your album Mortuary in Darkness will also be released as an LP-version on Parasitic Records soon? Will they also release the new album in LP-format?
"Mortuary in Darkness" LP will be released soon. Maybe, a poster and some bonus tracks are contained in this LP. I don't know whether Parasitic rec releases the new album LP. We don't have the schedule.
You are also planning the release of various split EPs with CIANIDE, SLUGATHOR, SPLATTERHOUSE and others did you record the respective songs during the album recording session in order to save some time and money? Please tell me a little about the releases planned.
We will release some splits this year. These are... Split 12' w/OTESANEK, Split 7' w/XXX MANIAK, Split CD w/THE ARM AND SWORD OF A BASTARD GOD and Split 7' w/CIANIDE. We have almost completed these recordings already. We will release other schedules next year...
You stated that your main influences are WINTER, DIVINE EVE, CELTIC FROST and AUTOPSY. I can only agree to that. What other bands do you listen to to cultivate your own music? Stupid question, I know, cause I guess there are hundreds. Well, just tell me which albums you bought last month?
We are influenced from many old school Thrash/Death/Doom/Hardcore bands. Especially we were influenced from BOLT THROWER, GRAVE, DEATH/MASSACRE, NIHILIST/ENTOMBED, CARNAGE/DISMEMBER .... I also love Jazz individually. The albums which I bought last month are... DISGRACE "Grey misery", EVOCATION "s/t", EXCRUCIATE "Beyond the circle" and QUEST OF AIDANCE "Fallen man collection".
There are a lot of bands from Tokyo, whereas you guys go into the old school direction. What do you think about bands like INFECTED MALIGNITY, DISCONFORMITY, WOUNDDEEP or VOMIT REMNANTS? Can you understand their attitude?
As we have hardly played with them, I don't understand well sorry. But, I think that they are heaping up the Japanese death metal scene by their method.
One of my obligatory questions is: When will you come to my town to play live?
Hmmm... I don't know... We are making the preparations which do tour always!!
And the last question is: Does Narotoshi of Obliteration Records still have his cool mustache?
Yeah, You bet!!