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COLOSSEUM
CHAPTER 1: DELIRIUM
FIREBOX

Depressive and poignant, Finnish troupe Colosseum (not to be confused with the hardcore punk band Coliseum) bring it slow, deep, and hard on their debut six-track six-pack. Laden with gloom and chock full of doom, the downtrodden dirges delivered by this unit are definitely far from uplifting and would probably be best served with a warning label. Ominous and foreboding yet grandiose in design, this near 65 minute affair may not move with great alacrity, but what this disc lacks in speed it more than makes up for in excruciatingly measured audio bliss. Draw the shades, pour the absinthe, and cry your eyes out to this one, folks.
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