With its sophomore album, 2007ā€™s No Salvation, Louisvilleā€™s Coliseum made the big jump to Relapse Records. Itā€™s a shame the trioā€™s sawed-off hardcore didnā€™t stick with the metal scene, but the band offset the loss by pulling in a few friends from some entirely different place for its third full-length, House With A Curse. Bonnie ā€œPrinceā€ Billy, J. Robbins of Jawbox, Jason Noble of Rachels and Rodan, and Peter Searcy of Squirrel Bait are among the many guest musicians who appear on the discā€”mostly as backup vocalists, but some wielding violins, organs, accordion, and celloā€”and the result is an album that Coliseum itself might not have known it had in it. Thick, textured, and subliminally melodic, House With A Curse slows down Salvationā€™s breakneck rush toward oblivion until it feels more like a death march, a sound that draws a bit from Queens Of The Stone Age and Torche while keeping a dark, grinding edge. Coliseum has been making some of the purest, most blistering hardcore of the past few years, but with Curse, singer-guitarist Ryan Patterson and crew have realized just how far a little genre-bucking can go.

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