ALBUM REVIEW: Caskets Open ‘To Serve The Collapse’


‘To Serve The Collapse’
Ranka Kustannus
(Released: 21 November 2014)

Not only is this casket open, but the corpse has jumped out and is currently chewing the feet off the shocked and terrified congregation.

Caskets Open are blessed with a knack for making even the simplest riff sound ground-breaking, adding their fierce Finnish fire to the icy chill of traditional doom to create something amazing.

Caskets Open describe themselves as “slow rock”, but that scarcely does justice to the depth and intrigue of their sound. From slow, evil, pulsating riffs to thunderous hardcore energy, they are certainly doing things their own way. This is not a band trying to please anyone but themselves by following occult trends or feigning misery – they simply follow their hearts and their passion floods out through the music they compose.

The quality never lets up – ‘To Serve The Collapse’ is remarkably consistent release, packed with excellent new material plus a couple of re-recordings of the best stuff from their recent demos.

In particular, the album closes with ‘I Don’t Mind’, a spectacular track originally to be found on the band’s exciting 2008 demo ‘Buried Upside Down’. It sounds better than ever – effortlessly mixing epic and aggressive with a level of success that few bands manage. Timo Ketola’s clean, impassioned vocals are more sour than sweet as he leads us into his world of pain.

Slice into Caskets Open and you might find veins of Paradise Lost, Cerebral Fix, Saint Vitus, Reverend Bizarre, Candlemass, Witchsorrow… There are reflections of Type O Negative in the sudden bursts of punk violence, and these faster sections only serve to highlight the regal grandeur of the slower songs. Often, the band manages to cleverly combine opposing elements into one whole, such as on ‘Humanist’ where choral backing meets hardcore ferocity.

The songs grow and blossom like lung cancer, taking you ever closer to pain and death. From the brilliant elegance of ‘Phantom Wood’ to the unstoppable force of ‘Mayhem’, this album is at once angry and epic, deeply personal and yet highly accessible. An amazing release that keeps giving – go and buy it immediately.