Review Summary: it's hard to get in, but it's impossible to get out
It is very hard to describe Coroner’s No More Color
for me with full objectivity. The Swiss trio third LP is easily one of the best, most technical and creative albums I have ever heard. As such, is also a grower. One if its most valuable virtues is its replay value. No More Color
is one of those albums on which the next listen is always more enjoyable than the last.
After Punishment for Decadence
, Coroner was consolidated as a pure technical band, with a fairly decent fanbase. With the addition of this album to their discography, they become the masters of their art. It is at this point where they fully embrace their potential, providing eight compositions that will satisfy the most greedy fan of the genre. Now adding definitely progressive elements to their music and setting up an atmosphere of its own, Coroner encourages to push the boundaries of the genre, as shown on the epic experimental closer Last Entertainment
Well, it is not hard to deduce that the instrumentation here is top-notch. In fact, this is the album where the band’s skills and technical abilites are at its finest and the key strength that makes this such an unusual album. Plus, this album shows an incredible improvement on the production spot, now tighter, cleaner and sharp, allowing all the parts of the mix to sound fresh and balanced. Tommy Vetterli’s riffing is also one of the things that makes out this from R.I.P.
and Punishment for Decadence
. He takes his own magic to new levels of creativity, and he is more centered than ever before on the actual songs. He leaves some of his shredding to put some more melody on the solos too, and his performance, as you may already have guessed, is absolutely perfect.
Ryhthm section is also very well executed, with bassist Ron Broder playing as well as always, incredibly fast and fitting with the structure of the songs, and his harsh, raspy vocals are at its finest. Drum patterns are also a highlight, an area on which Mark Edelmann has improved with the run of albums. Definitely the best performance by them until now, not only individually but jointly.
These exquisite elements mark Coroner’s first true masterpiece, full of technical proficiency and creativity, without any filler at all. Wether it is the straightforward, haunting and heavy opener Die By My Hand
, or the captivating, tempo-changing Mistress of Deception
(just to name some) you will always find beauty within any part of this album. No one should miss No More Color
, an album which enshrines all of this truly unique band virtues.