House with a Curse
Riffs so meaty you could make a steak out of them
The intro to this album is exactly what is needed to set the tone of the album. Bittersweet and melancholy violin tones guide you towards what is to be one of the most true and passionate stoner metal releases you have ever heard. Coliseum, the band that changes record labels like underwear and who have a skull somewhere on the cover of each LP, deserve more attention they have received and hopefully 'House with a Curse' will do much to remedy that, as it's a solid album that although isn't anything incredibly different from the rest of the band's prior material, is still enjoyable.
So after the brief introduction, listeners are greeted by 'Blind in One Eye', which initially slams anyone giving this album a spin into a wall of sound, before carrying them along on some chunky riffy goodness. And as terrible as I feel having just typed that, it's a very apt explanation, this is a quality album to listen to, it's enjoyable, you actually feel like you're getting something out of it when you're listening to it. The following track 'Everything to Everyone' is perhaps the best example of this, it's fast, it's fun and is catchy as all fuck. The issue that arises, however, is that all the songs sound very, very similar. There's little variation in between and, whilst it's all part of a good formula, they're all so short that they can't help but bleed together sometimes, and on first listen you can't help but forget which track you're listening to exactly. If only the band tried something different, perhaps made one longer, atmospheric song or adding a sort of short 'interlude' into the album to break things up, then each song would have felt more individual rather than a smaller part of one. This doesn't stop the songs from being good, but it does give the album a sense of monotony that tends to drag things down and bore the listener.
But despite this fault 'House with a Curse' is still a very enjoyable album from the Coliseum lads. If you're looking for a hard rocking, catchy and enthusiastic stoner metal release, then you could do a lot worse than picking this one up. While you're at it, make sure to pick up some of this year and last year's awesome stoner metal records, as it's turning out to be a great time for us dudes who like our music heavy and our riffs fuzzy.
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