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The Coffin Daggers - EPdotdotdot
artworkThe Coffin Daggers have continued to develop. This six-song ep has a couple of very nice originals, and an excellent cover of Duke Ellington's "Caravan."
Picks: Coffin Dagger, Shark Attack, Parasite, Cats Eyes, Monsters From The ID, Caravan

Track by Track Review

Coffin Dagger dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Coffin Dagger" is a dark and dangerous song with an evil tone and riff. Not melodic exactly, but Middle Eastern and threatening. Lots of energy here, and great drums.

Shark Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pumpin' organ, throbbing bass, eerie danger, and even a hint of Jaws. Pretty fun.

Parasite dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Parasite" is an interesting song with a catchy guitar riff and haunted organ. It seems to be thematically ghostly in some ways, and verging on dangerous. Nice track.

Cats Eyes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy rock instro kind of track, more a chord progression than a song, yet it's raw energy seems to make it work. The echoed glissandos are like a throwback to the fifties.

Monsters From The ID dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a slow and tortured graveyard version of "Church key," this is a plodding and ghoulish track with a real monsters on the loose feeling, in the fifties b-movie way.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

For some reason, there's a mini-flood of versions of "Caravan" lately. This one stands out for several reasons. First, it retains a healthy nod to the early big band arrangements. Second, the organ's groan gives it a graveyard feeling. Third, the guitar lines verge in disturbed at times. And, then there are those glissandos. Quite satisfying.