Review: 4th full-length 'Sister Faith' may push Coliseum over top
Coliseum (Temporary Residence)
The past decade has meant a lot of twists and turns (as well as some killer music) for Coliseum, as they went from a group that delved into hardcore and metal to one that streamlined their writing and became a solid, punk-fueled rock band.
“Sister Faith,” the fourth record from Louisville-based band, finds them somewhere between Baroness and Clutch soundwise, and their 13-track effort is one that could really put this band over the top as it's stuffed with great riffs and razor-sharp hooks. Singer/guitarist Ryan Patterson is at his gruff best, and Coliseum run the gamut of sounds from the rough “Last/Lost”; the sinister, menacing “Doing Time”; eerie, post-punk “Love Under Will”; and impossibly catchy closer “Fuzzbang.” This band's getting better and better, and “Sister Faith” sounds best played at top volume.
Angel Olsen (Bathetic)
It's been a huge 12-month period for singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, who opened eyes with her excellent “Half Way Home” and then signed to Jagjaguwar. Bathetic is reissuing her debut “Strange Cacti,” a stripped-back collection of songs that show a fantastic artist entering the world.
The six cuts are just acoustic guitar and her enrapturing voice, from gripping opener “Creator, Destroyer,” where her pain cannot be rawer; “Drunk and With Dreams,” that sounds like a ‘50s torch song; and “Some Things Cosmic,” where her lyrical prowess is at her best when she reveals, “I want to be naked; I don't mean my body.” This is a great early gem that's the start of what's going to be a great career.
Wolf People (Secretly Canadian)
English rock band Wolf People might remind you of the Moody Blues, Genesis, and early Fleetwood Mac on their third record “Fain.” The songs are progressive, folk-laden, and ambitious, and these songs could slip into classic rock radio playlists without anyone batting an eye.
Singer/guitarist Jack Sharp has a voice that's smooth and sounds like it should have landed 35 years ago, and he and the band shine on exploratory “Empty Vessels”; bluesy psyche jam “When the Fire Is Dead in the Grate”; and they even show some Southern rock thunder on “Answer.” They could be a little more exciting at times, but Wolf People do a good job transcending decades.
Brian Krasman is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.