Coliseum – House With a Curse

January 01, 1970





has gotten the sense that, ever since the band’s debut in 2004, Coliseum has
been chafing under the preconceptions of being a punk band from Louisville. With the
city’s vaunted history of producing bands that just barely fit into whatever genre they’ve been slotted, it’s somewhat
unusual to find a band that plays to type. And, to be fair, Coliseum never has,
imbuing their music with a hostile grandiosity that manages to be
simultaneously epic and raw.



it was announced that their latest album was to be released on Temporary
Residence (Mono, Explosions in the Sky, Grails), it was fair to assume that
this would be the record that found them finally unshackled from the
limitations of modern hardcore and fully embracing the ambitious sounds they’ve
always hinted at. And, upon hearing the strings and gurgling analog keyboards
that open House With A Curse, that’s
an assumption that seems to be proving itself true. And yet … House With A Curse is pretty far from
the epic genre-smashing Coliseum fans may have hoped for. Sure, the band has
finessed some of its more aggressive tendencies, and introduced a much broader
palette of sounds here, but the result sounds less like a reconfiguration of
metalcore’s possibilities than it does a brand new Girls Against Boys record.



throbbing low end of Mike Pascal’s bass lines and the insistent (and
occasionally funky) rhythms of drummer Carter Wilson are pushed to the fore,
while vocalist/guitarist Ryan Patterson alternates between suave growling and
assaultive screaming. The band flirts with groovy slices of Scissorfight-style
roughneck metal (“Everything to Everyone”) and even a bit of Faith No
More-meets-Fugazi  (“Perimeter Man”)
ponderousness, but for the most part, House
With A Curse
seems to pride itself on maintaining a swinging sort of rock
swagger that has only the most tenuous links to punk rock. It’s an approach
that’s certainly not unpleasant – in fact, House
With A Curse
may well be the most enjoyable and repeat-playable Coliseum
record to date – but no way is it revolutionary.



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