Mellowness might be anathema to Louisville's Coliseum, judging by its reckless velocity and nihilistic harangues. "My lungs are filled with fumes... There's no air in this city/I need something pure," Ryan Patterson sings on 2004's "This Mind Locked Inside This Body." The anti-authority lyrics and relentless backbeat qualify the group as punk enough, and it occasionally unleashes the sort of reverberating sludge riffs that make metal stoners swoon. But Coliseum is essentially a hard-rock band, with Patterson conjuring Motörhead (with his Lemmy-like death-wheeze vocals) and Mötley Crüe (with his sleazy/flashy Mick Mars-style solos).
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