Coliseum
Sister Faith


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
April 29th, 2013 | 37 replies | 6,848 views


Release Date: 04/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black magic punk in full swing!

It's peculiar that one of the best rock songs of the year thus far deals with witchcraft-obsessed punk rockers. “Black Magic Punks” boasts an unstoppable leading riff which, along with no-frills attitude, makes for a refreshingly unpretentious anthem that's full of restless energy. The track also signals that Louisville trio Coliseum have found their own niche. Their sound harks back to the glory days of sludgy noise rock, being composed of pounding bass lines, robust drumming and the guitar play that strikes a fine balance between a dissonant low end and pungent upper register. This aesthetic, complemented with the crisp production of Jawbox' J. Robbins, is in full swing through the entire running time of the band's fourth full length Sister Faith. The album is more than a nostalgic trip to the 1990s though. Coliseum have an uncanny knack for crafting darkly tinged music, and the lyrics penned by frontman Ryan Patterson hit hard with apt existential observations, a trenchant critique of faith, and a wave of tenderness thrown in for good measure.

The record often oozes with exquisite songwriting, and thus sees Coliseum perfecting their edgy brand of punk rock in several songs. “Fuzzbang” almost matches the audacity of “Black Magic Punks,” but it's a totally different beast altogether. The fuzzed-out riff provides an excellent backdrop for Patterson's yearning for change. The track's built around a massive groove which, along with a laid-back vibe, closely resembles Torche's stoner pop in its most hook-laden incarnation. Elsewhere, “Late Night Train” is a bitter account of time passing that packs a punch with gang vocals in its enchanting, if twisted refrain. Patterson proclaims You can ignore me but I know you're all afraid in this bleak punk rock classic in the making. In contrast, the other two stand-out cuts are essentially love songs. While “Love Under Will” effectively underplays the trio's signature sonic assault and vocal gruffness, “Everything In Glass” kicks off with a paranoid solo of TAD's origin that unravels into the most piercing guitar work on the album. Both songs are absolutely endearing in its lyrical simplicity sporting such lines as: You go, I follow / Say the word just once and Then she comes to me / And everything is clear. Patterson knows how to establish a meaningful connection with his audience, and therefore the emotional backbone many of these tracks have leaves a profound impression.

Sister Faith often verges on perfection as all the aforementioned songs might be considered little masterpieces in time. The remaining material doesn't always hold up so well though. The onset of the album is especially underwhelming with three straightforward tunes that just bleed into one another. There are a couple of moments here and there when the presentation feels overly homogenous and limited lacking in sonic diversity. Sister Faith may not be entirely consistent, yet in the long run it proves way more heartfelt and genuinely bruised than a typical hardcore punk offering. Coliseum continue to show tremendous potential for growth. They are destined to come out with their magnum opus sooner rather than later provided they strengthen their song craft and expand the scope of influences. For now, they've delivered a rollicking punk rock record that bursts with many undoubted highlights.




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greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love Under Will:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIBrR4Sk_QM

Black Magic Punks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnZ8dOHPpfU

Fuzzbang:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keYkSydKiVc

Bad Will:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhsYl9Tgq54

Digging: Floor - Oblation

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2013



6734 Comments


Coz this is how Gred doz thiz,

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah. This is awesome. I regret not listening to these guys before.

LegendofPittman
April 29th 2013



2928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a great album, Fuzzbang is one of my favorite tracks so far this year.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sup man. Fuzzbang = stoner rock heaven

TheSpirit
April 29th 2013



16661 Comments


i generally am not a huge punk fan but you caught my interest with this. good review

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

EaglesBecomeVultures
April 29th 2013



5051 Comments


whoa didn't know they had a new one

Digging: Future - Honest

Jethro42
April 29th 2013



12030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review Greg. I might give the album a listen.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Check out the vids I posted in the first comment Jethro. You'll dig this.

deathofasalesman
April 29th 2013



5743 Comments


I was under the impression these guys broke up. Glad they are releasing new stuff!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2013



16071 Comments


this band rules

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

ShadowRemains
April 29th 2013



19431 Comments


track i listened to sounded pretty good

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2013



17912 Comments


i waited in line for a porta-potty with ryan patterson once

MMX
April 30th 2013



4635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awww yeah didn't think this was gonna get a review


greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@mynameischan:
Cool. He seems like such an awesome guy.

@MMX:
Yeah. I thought so too. That's why I reviewed it.

BrieLarson
April 30th 2013



460 Comments


I like the single.

alachlahol
April 30th 2013



7422 Comments


band is really bad even more now than when they were in the deathwish shitpile sorry greg but the music you listen to is only good for pudgy white nascar fans with scraggly beards hangin out at the local hunting lodge

BrieLarson
April 30th 2013



460 Comments


the riffs for the single for this album are okay I mean I don't really see why the review made such a big deal out of it because it's really not that great sounding and doesn't actually have a lot to it

BrieLarson
April 30th 2013



460 Comments


nonetheless it still is a good song

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2013



7162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

... and I still don't know which song you're talking about. There have already been three singles for this album.

And here's the fourth actually:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIBrR4Sk_QM



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