Colosseum (Fin)
Chapter I: Delirium


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
October 24th, 2008 | 50 replies | 8,200 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finnish funeral doom. From Finland.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Colosseum’s debut, Chapter 1: Delirium, is a remarkably strong debut album; having formed only in 2006, the Finnish band released a demo before blasting out Delirium, and a Chapter 2 is due out in the coming months. Very much in the vein of fellow countrymen Shape of Despair, Colosseum create a fluid and enveloping wall of sound through a fusion of slow guitars and overwhelming synth. Sparks of aggression do push up against the veil of synth, but on the whole, the album has a very melodic feel to it; although the dynamics of the album do not change much over its course, there is innovation to the extent that this doesn’t become monotonous in the least. Being funeral doom, you can expect tempos to be rather slow, but Colosseum shift between various moods and speeds with a great ease, and really make Delirium an exciting listen. Moments like the end of ‘Weathered’, where the pace quickens and climaxes the song, are in abundance, and contribute to the album’s flow. It would be hard to pin down a single part of the album as its driving force; certain parts are completely guitar driven, while the synth is simply there for effect, in others the guitars meld away into the ambience and the synth produces the melody that pushes the album’s surge. Either way, the band pulls it off with a master’s stroke, proving yet again that the Finns do it best.

The vocals are very much in line with this style of funeral doom; variances in pitch are not common, and the vocals have a distinct ethereal feel about them, helping them dissolve into the album’s ambience. It’s not hard to completely screw up an album when you’re trying to create this particular aura; bands like Shape of Despair and Colosseum definitely achieve it with satisfying results, but bands like Tyranny prove that it’s very easy to become misguided and create a terrible album. An album needs to refrain from becoming a single wall of fuzzy everything, encompassing vocals, guitars and synth into a single sound; in most instances albums like these are complete failures. On Delirium, as much as the various components mesh together, there is still a distinct separation; picking out the different parts is easy to do. A certain portion of credit can be given to the production, as its clarity is excellent, but it’s also due to the band’s attention to detail, and their persistence in making sure the album does not fall into a monotone. The guitar lines in ‘Aesthetics for the Grotesque’, or the keys in ‘Saturnine Vastness’ and other parts of the album, are but a few examples of the album’s intricacy, and it’s the little things like these that sets Delirium aside from other funeral doom bands. Highly recommended.



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rasputin
October 24th 2008



14517 Comments


This turned out pretty short.

SnackaryBinx
October 24th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An album needs to refrain from becoming a single wall of fuzzy everything, encompassing vocals, guitars and synth into a single sound


could just replace that entire sentence with:
Don't pull a DoomThrone.

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


ONE REVIEW A DAY!!!!! Jkz...if this is anything akin to that Consummatum Est album I might be interested, as that album has been steadily growing on me as of late...

rasputin
October 24th 2008



14517 Comments


haha, well this is pretty different from Doomthrone. I was referring to bands like Tyranny, who I mention anyway.

and wallets, the review I pushed off was my own, so it's all good. This isn't too similar to Consummatum Est though, so yeahThis Message Edited On 10.24.08

SnackaryBinx
October 24th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well isn't DoomThrone just wall of fuzz and turds in place for vocals?

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


I might listen anyway just to see how it manages not to be monotonous while simultaneously not changing much dynamic wise...

rasputin
October 24th 2008



14517 Comments


well isn't DoomThrone just wall of fuzz and turds in place for vocals?

Not really, doomthrone is just really lo fi. Tyranny actually go for a fuzz where everything just melds into one.
I might listen anyway just to see how it manages not to be monotonous while simultaneously not changing much dynamic wise...

Yeah man, give it a shot, it's a great album.

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


I've never been much of a fan of doom metal in general, which is why I'm surprised I liked that Consummatum Est album as much as I did (though it didn't exactly change my outlook on doom as a whole) so I guess it would be pretty neat to find one that would change my mind about the genre...

rasputin
October 24th 2008



14517 Comments


Have you listened to Skepticism - Alloy yet? I'd recommend that over this, and most other doom albums.

charlesfishtitz
October 24th 2008



784 Comments


id recommend not listening to doom

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


Well I will certainly look into listening that one then...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2008



20855 Comments


Rasputin, I kid you not, I always click on your reviews just to read your excellent summaries. Unfortunately, our taste in music is like chalk & cheese. Oh well.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments


Really short, but there's some good writing here.

rasputin
October 24th 2008



14517 Comments


Rasputin, I kid you not, I always click on your reviews just to read your excellent summaries.

Cheers man, I hope you think that my actual reviews are as good as my summaries!
Really short, but there's some good writing here.

Thanks

charlesfishtitz
October 24th 2008



784 Comments


i wonder if this is any good



rasputin
October 24th 2008



14517 Comments


no way man it's really shit

SnackaryBinx
October 25th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skepticism is probably better

charlesfishtitz
October 25th 2008



784 Comments


Skepticism is better

rasputin
October 25th 2008



14517 Comments


of course, Skepticism is better

Tits McGee
October 25th 2008



1876 Comments


I enjoyed the review. Album doesn't seem like my thing at all though.



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