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Coliseum

Coliseum: ColiseumColiseum (2004)
Level Plane Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: WillWill
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Emocharge? Disemo? D-beat emo? There are many farcical ways one could attempt to describe Coliseum's debut album, which is a combination of Discharge/GBH early-80's speed-punk hardcore and despairing lyrical diatribes about loneliness and insecurity (touching on huge franchises and those ashamed .
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Emocharge? Disemo? D-beat emo?

There are many farcical ways one could attempt to describe Coliseum's debut album, which is a combination of Discharge/GBH early-80's speed-punk hardcore and despairing lyrical diatribes about loneliness and insecurity (touching on huge franchises and those ashamed privileged kids in a couple of songs).

The first song, "Detached," quite blatantly cops its core riff from GBH's "Sick Boy," and "Pretty Situation" eerily resembles "Doomsday" by Discharge, except with more emotional lyrics. Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Patterson is definitely inspired by Cal, with a crustier metal edge in his low-mixed shouting. Of course, they do change it up a little. "Give Up And Drive" contains what could be called the album's only "breakdown" (a ramshackle and chaotic stomp), and the guitars in "Claim Control" play off of each other in an elementary, yet affective way.

That's what I find to be the beauty of Coliseum. The music is simple, yet powerful. Songs open and close with a wail of feedback from an amp. This band does what they do well, and leave the pose to the math-metal hacks.

This is what the average hardcore album should be. Combining this solid of a sound with a stunning live show, Coliseum are destined to go places in the (mothafuckin') underground, and are an interesting alternative to the other wave of American hardcore "revivalists," who seem to get way too caught up in their early-90's East Coast crap.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 25, 2006)

Coliseum's Goddamage EP is also great. Coliseum, Black Cross and Us Lions are great bands that are bringing back the Louisville sound. Remember Guilt, By The Grace Of God, Endpoint, etc...

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

really want to hear this.... mp3?

Anonymous (September 6, 2005)

listen to venom

notfeelingcreative (September 5, 2005)

"Reminds me a lot like Motorhead"

Check out Inepsy, if you haven't already. Motorhead with a little d-beat influence!

Russe11 (September 5, 2005)

Ah that was me. Forgot to log in.

Anonymous (September 5, 2005)

This band owns.

Jesse (September 5, 2005)

This shit rules. It's just metal and hardcore. Reminds me a lot like Motorhead.

notfeelingcreative (September 4, 2005)

"No, that's not what I meant. I meant "crap" in the sense of quantity."

Guess I should've read that before I posted below. My bad.

notfeelingcreative (September 4, 2005)

Yeah, apparently Doom is also 'crap', ah well guess I like crap!

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

I cannot believe I just read a sentence that contained both the word "Totalitar" and "Crap".

-Ken

SilentStorms (September 4, 2005)

Settle down there Will ... jeez.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

"Skitsystem is crap?"

No, that's not what I meant. I meant "crap" in the sense of quantity.

And people trying to school me on screamo, please shut the fuck up. The intro is a joke. It's pretty funny. I admit that the names are "farcical". Maybe you should have built up your vocabulary instead of schooling yourselves in early screamo.

-Will

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

whoa! this is soooo taking itself too seriously and sucking at the same time...this is not worth your money!

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

"Emocharge? Disemo? D-beat emo?"

how fucking ignorant are you? just because an album has personal lyrics does not make it emo and most "real" emo bands have 10X the balls of most of the music you listen to. ORCHID? PMFS? SAETIA? totally pussy fag-shit.

also this record blows ass, it's not heavy enough to appeal to any fans of heavy music and it's not melodic enough to form any coherent hooks

listen to from ashes rise, they have all the same influences but totally tear shit up.

gladimnotemo (September 4, 2005)

Skitsystem is crap?

skankin_in_the_pit (September 4, 2005)

Doom is so fucking awesome. Coliseum rules but they'll never touch Doom. I never really got into Black Cross so it took me a while to check these dudes out. Big mistake.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

d-beat emo? shut up. fuck you.

etwiels88 (September 4, 2005)

Can't wait for the Doomriders split.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

I'd say this CD is about a 7. It's good, but after hearing so much crap like Totalitar, Skitsystem, Disclose, Doom, etc., the sound has ceased to really affect me the same way it probably does for most kids. I get the feeling most of the people who listen to this band aren't that into "crust"... So therefor, they think this band is doing something more revolutionary than what they actually are.

-Will

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

d-beat emo?

dazed (September 4, 2005)

This is a damn good album, though. I don't know about "d-beat emo", but I guess it's descriptive enough in that the band isn't another band that self-consciously tries to emulate Discharge, right down to the lyrics and guitar tone, they have their own identity and could be appreciated by fans of a lot of types of hardcore. Their new EP is pretty great, too, and they're one of the loudest bands I've seen live.

inagreendase (September 4, 2005)

I can modify the score for you, just let me know what you want it changed to.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

I didn't know I gave this a ten. It doesn't really deserve it! But oh well, it's cool, anyway!

-Will

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