Coliseum – No Salvation


Artist

Album

No Salvation

Label

Riot/Relapse Records

Year

2007

Genre

For Fans Of

Black Cross – Darkest Hour - Doomriders

Summary

Down and dirty never sounded so good...

Rating

86 / 100

Coliseum’s dirty blend of rock
n roll, thrash and punk has been causing quite a stir over the last
couple of years, and their Relapse debut No Salvation is another
chapter in their already impressive history. Proving that you don’t
have to play dumbed down riffs to be heavy, this stripped back trio
know how to make one hell of a racket while still writing powerful and
most importantly, memorable tunes. 

A lot of bands make the mistake
of over producing their records, which means the end result is a collection
of songs that are good from a technical standpoint but are lacking any
balls. Coliseum definitely don’t have that problem because No Salvation
sounds like it could kick the shit out of you!  

I hope Coliseum tour Australia
one day because “No Benefit” would kill it live. With its thrashy
beat and dirty guitar sound I can only imagine what a live show from
this Louisville three piece would look like, but I’ll assume that flailing
bodies and plenty of booze would be on the agenda.  

“Defeater” is a melodic
but no less powerful tune than it’s predecessor while “The Fate Of
Men” has a more progressive feel to it and shows that the band are
more than capable of slowing things without losing any momentum….
that is until the chorus picks up a bit of speed and we’re back in familiar
Coliseum territory. 

“Seven Cities” is another
fast and furious number that is powered by Mike Pascal’s always impressive
bass lines and the down trodden sounds of “Profetas” are sure to
appeal to fans of Cursed and The Swarm. If you thought that drums solos
were only used by arena rock bands then the intro to “Shake It Off”
may come as a bit of a surprise, but fuck it! Tommy Lee is too busy
appearing on America’s Most Wanted so Coliseum may as well give it a
go. 

My favourite track on the record
would have to be “Skyline Fucker”… and not just for the title.
It’s the most drawn out song that No Salvation has to offer and
it does a fantastic job of showing off all of the band’s strengths in
under three minutes. “White Religion” sounds positively evil and
“Fall Of The Pigs” could put you on your arse at ten paces.

Conclusion

There’s no clever way to describe
a balls to the wall rock n roll record. All you need to know is that
Coliseum are an aggressive, no frills band who have made one of the
dirtiest and most enjoyable albums of 2007. Get on it!

Tracklisting

  1. No Benefit
  2. The Defeater
  3. Fate Of Men
  4. Seven Cities
  5. Profetas
  6. Shake It Off
  7. Skyline Fucker
  8. Funeral Line
  9. White Religion
  10. Intercepto

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