REVIEW: COMA ROSSI - COMA ROSSI
In recent years, the Indian subcontinent has produced some seriously accomplished rock and metal acts including Skyharbor, Bhayanak Maut, Goddess Gagged and Demon Resurrection. Bangalore's progressive rockers, Coma Rossi, are yet another great addition to this list.
They've been active on the scene since 2014 but, having suffered a number of lineup changes, have just completed work on their self-titled debut album due for release on 20 December 2018. I was very keen to check out this release which promises a haunting, ambient driven-sound.
It's clear from the off that the record certainly delivers what it advertises. It boasts a similar atmosphere to that of Sweden's "masters of bleakness" Katatonia, propped up by layers of guitars and electronics.
The introductory section of 'Jomolungma Is Far Away' is a great showcase of how Coma Rossi create this atmosphere. It's a haunting, all-enveloping sound that picks you up like a powerful wind and carries you off, leaving you with no option but to embrace the journey you're taken on.
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Admittedly, if you're looking for 3 minute rock songs, Coma Rossi is probably not the band for you. They're all about the long game in the crafting of their compositions.
'Yellow Escape' is a beautifully heartfelt piece, evoking sounds similar to Oceansize with its clean, gently-strummed and reverberating guitar, church-like ambient textures and softly sung vocals.
My only criticism would be that the album, by its very nature, is something of a slow burner. At times this can make everything blend into itself. However, I doubt this will be a problem for existing fans who are already familiar with the band and/or are fans of the kind of structures and progressions Coma Rossi have on offer.
Overall, Coma Rossi have delivered a brilliant, beautiful and strong debut release that I hope will earn them recognition moving forward. Their huge soundscapes could fill large venues and easily transcend the boundaries of their native India, much like Skyharbor have managed.
Anyone who likes their progressive rock with a cinematic edge, ambience galore and a record that will take them on a journey - you will love this.
Words by Robert Percy
ROCKODILE RATING - 8/10