COLOSSEUM - Chapter 1: Delirium

Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium

6 songs
64:53 minutes
***** ***


Granted, the name is anything but original. A certain lack in music history must have blinded these Finns to the fact that a same called jazz rock band was already rather popular in the late Sixties to early Seventies. A look at the song titles and their lengths make it clear though that the new Colosseum are into slow, very slow, funeral doom metal. Founded by Juhani Palomöki, mastermind of Yearning who have been releasing five CDs during the last ten years, Colosseum’s goal is to create very gloomy and lava slow doom metal that is dabbling strongly with classical chord progressions. Unlike many other doom bands, Colosseum hardly ever sound gothic, instead they use quite unfamiliar, dare I say exotic, chords as can be heard on the spooky Saturnine Vastness and also on the final title track Delirium.

The keyboards add a horror movie atmosphere to the entire running time, and with such a dreary outlook on life, it was still a smart move to release this first CD from this project around Halloween. The compositions are very mature, which shouldn’t surprise with Palomäki’s decade long experience with Yearning. The songs are without an exception exceedingly slow, and apart from Corridors Of Desolation which is not even seven minutes long, every song exceeds the ten minute frontier.

If somebody had given this band a really high budget to commission a real orchestra instead of the good but not as genuine synth sounds, this would have been one of the most impressive doom death albums of all time. As it is, Chapter 1: Delirium is a slow masterpiece that intelligently manoeuvres around the genre trappings and therefore never sound like My Dying Bride, early Anathema or other such like bands, instead they have found their own niche that is worth checking out by every friend of plodding metal music. And the album title lets us hope that there will be a second instalment of this highly promising doom band.

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