Coliseum-Parasites (Temporary Residence)
Louisville, Kentucky’s Coliseum have grown exponentially over the course of three full length efforts, with the band’s latest EP, Parasites, showcasing a marked wealth of progression and maturity; an intriguing taste of what’s to come from this talented trio. Indeed, the sound of Parasites is surprisingly full, considering Coliseum utilize the old school power trio formula of guitar/vocals, bass and drums, with frontman/axeman Ryan Patterson coming up with tons of interesting guitar effects and tones to create this thick, almost psychedelic atmosphere.
“The Fiery Eye” showcases this in spades, expertly melding far-out guitar textures and subtle percussive elements to lead right into the barreling track “Ghost of God.” While Parasites may not possess the excess aggression of the Relapse released No Salvation-apart from the blistering jam “The Big Baby”-the direction in which Coliseum is heading towards provides plenty of stylistic twists and turns along the way.
If anything, Parasites evokes specifically heavy memories of 90s indie and post-hardcore, with the overall feel achieving something akin to Big Black’s Songs About Fucking…although perhaps not as sleazy. Regardless, the attack here on Parasites is heavy and engaging; a satisfying turn of events for a band clearly onto great and powerful things. Respect.
Written by MetalGeorge