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Review: Colosseum - Chapter I: Delirium
Chapter I: Delirium

Label: Firebox Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 64:38
Tracks: 6
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 9, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Chapter I: Delirium

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Lovecraftian Funeral Doom is almost becoming a genre of its own these days, with bands like Tyranny, Catacombs, and now Colosseum following in the path of the mighty Thergothon in filling their slow crushing doom with a love of all things Chthuloid. It should come as no surprise that this band comes from Finland, as most great Funeral Doom seems to come from Scandinavia somewhere, and Finland in particular.

This is powerful, heavy stuff that's not as merciless as Tyranny, but still plenty crushing. Colosseum use keys for atmosphere and melody to fill up the oceanic space created by their stygian riffing. They rely on rather simple melodies on the guitar to lead the blasphemous and rugose compositions, creating a cyclopean atmosphere of madness and squamous antiquity. The vocals are a charnel and nacreous gutter like the voices of the dead coming from within an antediluvian crypt, suggesting blasted and blubberous landscapes of horror and insanity.

Come and let Colosseum drag you down into the depths of R'lyeh with their clammy and hoary fingers, nggaaaah, u'luiyaaagh! Ia Ia! Shub-Niggurath val miargh Ia Chthulhu!

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