Rating:
8.6
Colosseum - Chapter 2: Numquam
14 January 2009


01. Numquam
02. Towards The Infinite
03. Demons Swarm By My Side
04. The River
05. Narcosis
06. Prosperity
07. Outro


With great shame yours truly admits that Colosseum's first album "Chapter I: Delirium" passed by him largely unnoticed. Yes, I knew who they were and that they were received well by everyone, but still, or perhaps it was just that, I never bothered to do some in depth research. Lucky for me the Finns of Colosseum then released a new album and I was the designated one to review it, and hell, they've sure proven that I should never have skipped them in the first place!

"Chapter II: Numquam" is a Funeral Doom album in the trademark Finnish style. You can count on slow dirges, deep and drawn out growls, the famous "hit bass drums-go to the restroom-come back-hit again"-type of drums. This band is a little faster than usual though, you can only make it back in time if you're only going for a quick number one. These basic ingredients are covered under a massive layer of synthesizers. If you're a fan of Shape Of Despair, you know exactly what this layer of synthesizers sounds like. Immense, sweet and melancholic are keywords for this wall of sound.

Within this enormous layer they have built the best part of their music: orchestral arrangements of such grand nature that they will even take the most seasoned Funeral Doom lover by surprise. Listen to the second half of "Towards The Infinite" to know what I mean. With great movements waves of melancholy forged by (synthesizer-) trumpets, cellos and soaring lead guitars sweep throughout the album, sparsely enough to still surprise and often enough to pleasure the listeners.

My only issue with the album is that it is a little on the safe side. This is a problem I have with more Finnish Funeral Doom bands, they often just lack that extra bite. Sadness can be translated into wonderful, beautiful music with free-flowing and emotive solos, immense walls of mourning and deeply anguished growls, but man, do I wish these guys would throw in an angrier, more fucked off part. But that's probably just me and my definition of depression.

By all means this is a great album for the (Funeral) Doom fanatic and it might even bring new fans to the genre. As for me? It's time for a long due purchase. Two, actually.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Colosseum
Album: Chapter 2: Numquam


 



Written on 12.01.2009 by
Lucas
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BitterCOld - 12.01.2009 at 20:18  
Looking forward to the impending release. nice work on the review.
-DC-002- - 13.01.2009 at 02:10  
New funeral doom!? I'll check this out
Lucas - 13.01.2009 at 12:40  
It'll be out tomorrow.
BestMetalstormer - 13.01.2009 at 16:18  
Their debut is perferct for me. Surely I will get this new one.
Talvi - 13.01.2009 at 18:41  
I just heard their debut. Really good funeral doom that fans shouldn't miss.
Drowned - 13.01.2009 at 22:52  
Nice review, Lucas. I just have to remind you all, that in addition to the layer of synthesizers, this album includes also real trumpet, cello, violin and flute. All of these are performed by session musicians.
ylside - 03.02.2010 at 22:49  
Excellent album. Recommended.
HardSide - 24.04.2010 at 17:36  
It's average, unfortunately funeral doom metal sounds just like every other band that's in this genre. If your a fan of the genre, you'll love it, if you listened to the genre for years and got tired of it, you won't find anything new here.
InnerSelf - 25.04.2010 at 15:40  
Written by HardSide on 24.04.2010 at 17:36

It's average, unfortunately funeral doom metal sounds just like every other band that's in this genre. If your a fan of the genre, you'll love it, if you listened to the genre for years and got tired of it, you won't find anything new here.


I don't believe that Funeral Doom sounds the same at all , I am actually a fan of the genre and I found the album good but the Shape of despair influence is clear "maybe too clear" some synthe sections sounds exactly like Shape od Despair
The band is pretty strong but I still want more from them
Night Sight - 14.09.2011 at 22:17  
I liked this one more than their other works

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