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Colosseum : Chapter I: Delirium

Colosseum is a project by Juhani Palomäki, the mastermind behind Yearning. Colosseum was created with the intent to create "something extremely dark and powerful." In comparison to his main band this is a fair description, but this is less so when one examines other far darker bands such as Dolorian and My Shameful. Thus, if one excludes the 'extreme' label, and adds to the description that it's slow, melodic doom/death, then the result is a fitting genre description. Or that's at least what I would claim. Others, including the band themselves, might find that they more rightly belong under funeral doom. My argument is that while it's clearly slow enough, it's still too complex and too death influenced to end up there. However, if anyone were to claim that they are borderline then I'd readily agree.

There are three lyrical themes. Delirium and the Sumerian/Lovecraftian mythos are two of them, but from the music alone you'd never guess. The third one, however, is far more representative of its mood: suicidal depression. This is not the nihilistic kind, but rather the one dripping with melancholia and loneliness. The intense melodies often remind me of a depressed version of Tyranny's 'Tides of Awakening' with an extra focus on the keyboards. Having said that, it should come as no surprise that the aura is grand enough to not just fill a living room, but to fill a whole... well... Colosseum! Even so, I often find that the melodies are quite beautiful.

'Chapter 1: Delirium' is indeed a promising release which shows that the mind behind it clearly has some previous experience in making music. However, since Firebox keeps on churning out releases which are quite similar to this and that there have already been made some classics in this genre, I assume that it will not reach the really great heights. However, those who like the modern Firebox style would clearly want this one. I'd believe that this also goes for those who would want melodic doom/death with more power than what you'll find in the Peaceville Three vein.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Gate of Adar
2. Corridors of Desolation
3. Weathered
4. Saturnine Vastness
5. Aesthetics of the Grotesque
6. Delirium

Duration : Approx. 65 minutes.

Visit the Colosseum bandpage.

Reviewed on 07-11-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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