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Coliseum No Salvation

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01. No Benefit 02. Defeater 03. Fate of Men 04. Seven Cities 05. Profetas 06. Shake It Off 07. Skyline Fucker 08. Funeral Line 09. White Religion 10. Interceptor 11. Fall of the Pigs 12. Believer 13. Burden
2007 Relapse Records
Our score 8

by Casey Boland
9/4/2007

Sometimes reading a book by its cover can tell you everything. Here we have an omnipresent skull looming as large as the sky behind the dome of the Capitol Building buried in rubble (an oil drill to the left, the American flag to the right. Symbolism, people, symbolism). We expect the ugly soundtrack to a near future world of societal collapse, because you can't have a dystopian post-nuclear holocaust world sound like Fall Out Boy. No, we anticipate nothing less than the audio equivalent of The Road Warrior. We know the book of Coliseum. Mid-paced pounding punk to face-plant blasting thrash. No Salvation continues their no frills musical assault, though with more clarity and easily the best production (kudos to Kurt Ballou) of any record in their oeuvre. The addition of a new drummer enhances the velocity and impact of their songs, heard most clearly in the percussion storm at the beginning of "Shake It Off." Coliseum are at their best when they ease up on the speed to dig their heels into heavy, fist-pounding-the-air grooves. It made previous standouts damn near classics, such as "Give Up and Drive" from their debut long-player, or "Year of the Pig" from Goddamage. This time around it's "Defeater," "Seven Cities," "Profetas" and "The Fate of Men." Amidst the sonic barrage, Coliseum manage to find the discipline to experiment just a bit. "Skyline Fucker" introduces a quiet, reverb-drenched guitar melody, which, as anticipated, dives back into the D-beat blitzkrieg. More of this lapse in full-throttle attack would do wonders for opening up Coliseum's sound. "Funeral Line" also tempers the speed with slower, pounding moments of down-tuned guitar intensity. Yet at the heart of the Coliseum experience (as anyone who has caught them live can attest) is MC Ryan Patterson's lyrics. Unfortunately, our friends at Relapse did not share Mr. Patterson's stress upon the words, hence no lyric sheet with the promo. Judging by the song titles, we can safely assume Ryan is out there fighting the good fight, battling inner demons and fighting the very real ones in venues of power, all the while urging us to do the same. Coliseum cares. They make punishing music backed by inspirational calls to arms. No Salvation might on its face sound like the same old same old, but the band demonstrate that their technical abilities rate as highly as their passion. Bottom Line: Finally getting around to delivering their second proper full-length, Coliseum offer up a fresh batch of furious anthems to prove it was well worth the wait. Expect lyrics about the pigs and images of their cracked skulls.

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littlemac_ 9/4/2007 11:56:44 AM

loooooooooo


YouAreSceneAsFuck_ 9/4/2007 12:08:27 PM

Oh, neat.


truthsayer_ 9/4/2007 12:27:54 PM

"Coliseum cares." - haha, outstanding.


Ryan_ 9/4/2007 12:51:57 PM

Still awaiting the vinyl in the mail, but this album is on of my favorites right now.


Fur_Beach_ 9/4/2007 2:00:21 PM

great cd. 4th grade caliber writing. isnt this their 3rd full length? both s/t and goddamage had enough songs to be considered full length albums


arty_mcfarty_ 9/4/2007 3:04:54 PM

good album and GREAT review attn: webby..........please let this guy do more of them


suckme_ 9/4/2007 3:22:21 PM

Expect lyrics about the pigs and images of their cracked skulls.


Omegaman_ 9/4/2007 4:03:27 PM

Great record, dumb review.


pukeskywalker_ 9/4/2007 5:24:54 PM

wow, a readable review on lambgoat


xtroyx_ 9/4/2007 7:52:26 PM

took me a while to fully enjoy it, but now i totally dig. the lyrics don't have the socio-political greatness you've been lead to believe. they deal with some interesting topics, but not in an interesting way. straight-forward reviews are good in my books.


anonymous 9/4/2007 10:18:50 PM

favorite track: deafeater NICE TYPO YOU EATER OF THE HANDICAPPED


onemeansquid_ 9/4/2007 11:38:09 PM

great f*cking band, great f*cking record


vdburns_ 9/5/2007 11:22:16 AM

I actually got my vinyl in the mail when I went home from work yesterday, the lyrics are all printed on the inside of it.


JonahTDB_ 9/5/2007 3:11:09 PM

Well written review, can't wait to check this out.


Hellaween_ 9/5/2007 6:28:23 PM

Skyline f*cka


walter_ 9/8/2007 10:16:17 PM

you JUDGE a book by its cover, you don't READ it by its cover. Jesus.