Colosseum (Fin)
Chapter 2: Numquam


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
January 12th, 2009 | 45 replies | 9,840 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Colosseum must have pissed off their muse, because instead of new songs they've simply recycled their first album... lucky for them their debut was good.

I love the doom genre but it will definitely never become known as a genre full of innovators and progressive thinkers. It seems that most doom bands are incapable of progressing beyond the sound of their debut album (unless they forsake the genre completely). How many times have you thrown on a band’s second or third album only to have it sound almost exactly like their debut with only minor refinements, at best? With the release of Colosseum’s second album they can now be added to the large list of doom bands that have turned out to be one trick ponies, having done very little to their sound or songwriting approach from one album to the next.

It only takes a few minutes into the opening track, “Numquam” to experience a very strong sense of deja vu. The main riff is basically the exact same simple, slow-chug riff that was prominent on almost every song from the debut. Also, the vocals are still the exact same guttural, unintelligible death-growl. The only minor enhancement over the debut album is that the keyboards seem to be a little higher in the mix and their melodies seem to be a little more refined. Later songs on the album do little more than the opener to stand out from the debut. Sure, there is a little more going on dynamically with the occasional use of silence and clean guitars, but those elements are too few and far between to really be a dominating factor. Also, when it comes to song arrangements the band is still perfectly content with the “slow build up to an eventual finale” formula that has always figured prominently.

Since everything from this album is nearly identical to everything from the debut it could have spelled disaster for the band if the debut was horrible, but it wasn’t and neither is this. The sound on this album is still huge with a thick, crushing bottom-end and excellent production. Also, the band’s ability to slowly build to a crescendo through the ever-increasing use of keyboard and guitar melodies has actually become better overall, allowing for a more consistent listening experience. The guttural vocals are still as they always were; simply another instrument that is mixed perfectly so as to not drown out the main focus of the album - the music. The song writing itself has a flow that is uncommon with funeral doom, meaning that it actually does feel like it has some movement due to the layers of synth that continuously change as the songs progress. What this album lacks is any sort of huge standout song such as “Aesthetics of the Grotesque” from the debut. So, while the overall consistency has increased, the peak in quality has also lowered somewhat.

I have no qualms in saying that this album was an initial disappointment. The first few run-throughs had me more focused on the fact that it sounded like a direct extension of their debut rather than on the music itself. Once I got past the fact that the band had basically chose to plagiarize themselves I was able to enjoy the album for what it is. This is a crushing funeral doom release that is definitely near the top in terms of songwriting and production. It features an undercurrent of heavy riffs and guttural vocals that provides the bottom-end for layers of keyboard and guitar melodies. All of these elements combine to create dark, ominous songs that lethargically move towards an eventual climax before simply fading away. The biggest hurdle people are going to have towards enjoying this album (provided you like this type of music) is looking past the fact that these songs all sound like they could fit on their debut with no problem. Maybe their next album will show signs of innovation and progress, but for now this will do just fine.



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Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2009



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Writing reviews for funeral doom bands is a pain in the ass already, but when they choose to sound exactly the same as their
previous album... well, then it's even less enjoyable.This Message Edited On 01.12.09

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gaslightanthem
January 12th 2009



5209 Comments


this sounds pretty dull

Zoo
January 12th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This review displays exactly why you're staff and was an awesome read.

I wasn't too impressed with this and I found it even more mundane than Chapter 1. Probably a 2.5 at best for me.

Also, props for looking into Desire. What do you think of Locus Horrendus?

Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2009



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's really not dull if you're into this kind of music. It's actually pretty good. The problem is just that it's way too similar to their debut.

Also, props for looking into Desire. What do you think of Locus Horrendus?
I've only had the chance to listen to a three or four time (football has priority), but so far it is looks like it might end up as one of my favorite doom albums. Are their previous albums as good?

Zoo
January 12th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their full length debut "Infinity" (there's actually more to the title but it's too long to remember it all) is really good but not as good as Locus Horrendus (like they were still "finding their sound"). But it's definitely worth checking out. The Pentacrow EP (which I have just been able to locate) is what you really want. All the tracks from that EP were not released on any of their other records and it also has a cover of Candlemass's "Solitude".

charlesfishtitz
January 12th 2009



784 Comments


blegh

rasputin
January 12th 2009



14538 Comments


Good review Willie, spot on.
You know what I think of it already. It's a 3.5 but they lose a .5 for repeating themselves.

rasputin
January 12th 2009



14538 Comments


Also, sorry I didn't read your email in time. Don't worry about it anyway, the review is great as it is.

Wizard
January 12th 2009



19296 Comments


So now that your staff Willie, you get promo albums, right? Because this doesn't come out until March. Great review. Little disappointed in them repeating themselves. Kind of bugs me when bands do that considering these guys were very promising. Still going to buy it though.

Digging: Downer - Downer

Zoo
January 12th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wizard, how big is your cd collection? It seems you buy everything you like.

AngelPhoenix
January 12th 2009



2764 Comments


He even buys some stuff he doesn't like lol

Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2009



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, sorry I didn't read your email in time.
It's fine, writing about doom is an artform that you've perfected so I was just going to take your input. I should have given you more time but I procrastinated on the intial draft because I didn't want to write this.
So now that your staff Willie, you get promo albums, right? Because this doesn't come out until March.
Yeah, I can get promo albums and I've got a contact now with Metropolis Records (one of the bigger industrial lables), but this album actually comes out in two days (check their official site). Where did you find that release date?

Essence
January 13th 2009



3583 Comments


You see, Wiz actually eats the CDs he buys. He believes he will gain supermusic powers from this ritual.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2009



16299 Comments


Mmmmmmmmm doom metal stew...

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Zippermouth
January 14th 2009



1305 Comments


^...is too damn sludgy!

Essence
January 14th 2009



3583 Comments


but the

BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEs

go down smoov

Zippermouth
January 14th 2009



1305 Comments


The GOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHs give me indigestion.

Essence
January 14th 2009



3583 Comments


I have yet to give their first album a spin, and am slightly unsettled by the fact that it starts off with a throaty rumble.

Zippermouth
January 14th 2009



1305 Comments


Just out of curiosity, whats the point of these bands even writing lyrics. Its not intelligible at all.

Essence
January 14th 2009



3583 Comments


Someday you'll figure it out



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