Mar 13, 2007

Well, it certainly is the prettiest colored vinyl I’ve ever seen: a purple/burgundy/black swirl. Coliseum seem to be moving away from sludge rock—these new songs are in more of a Holy Mountain vein—without losing their trademark heaviness. Unfortunately, this kinda music doesn’t lend itself well to the split 7” format, and just as I was starting to get into it, it was over. The Young Widows have a slower, more deliberate Karp/ Big Business thing going on, with some apocalyptic, crazy Jesus Lizardy guitar squealing. The one-sheet that came with the review copy of this is signed “kind regards” by the Relapse promo lady, like it was a letter from the financial aid office or something. God, the music industry is fucking stupid.

 –ben (Relapse)