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Coliseum Release Misfits Cover
November 7, 2010
Coliseum recorded a cover of the Misfits' "Bullet" in October 2009 while working on demos for 'House With A Curse' and just released it via Stereogum as a free download. If you missed it, check it out here. The track "Year Of The Pig" from Coliseum's 'Goddamage' reissue is also available at the link above.


In related news, a while back Coliseum commissioned a video for 'House With A Curse' track "Skeleton Smile" (featuring Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) from demented guerilla filmmaker Damon Packard, director of the brilliant and infamous Reflections Of Evil. What they received was a frightening mash-up of legendary Louisville exploitation director William Girdler's Grizzy mixed with scenes from Packard's own Grizzy Redux, Reflections Of Evil, and various other insanity. This is NSFW -- You have been warned!
 
 
 
 
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Coliseum Unleash First Track From New Album
April 30, 2010
A song written in a room where someone committed suicide, recorded in a funeral home, on an album titled after a horror film, and centered around the struggle to resist the darkest desires of the human psyche should have the marks of doom and gloom, not the sound of a musical rebirth.

Not if the song in question was penned by Coliseum. The Louisville, Kentucky-based trio has always done things according to its gut instinct, not by others' expectations. "Blind In One Eye," the first track written for the band's third and latest album, 'House With a Curse' (Temporary Residence 6-22-10), cements a new beginning for the band, one that takes cues from the sounds and ethos of the band's early-era Dischord and Touch and Go musical roots, and pushes the boundaries of conventional rock and punk.

Since 2003, Coliseum's powerful, classic hardcore and punk inspired sounds, exhaustive tour schedules, and unabashed independent streak has earned it a devoted fan base, critical acclaim, and the respect of its peers. Coliseum's second full-length, 2007's 'No Salvation' (Relapse Records), captured the band at the height of this era with an outpouring of urgent riffs, breakneck speeds, and anthems that were as heavy as they were catchy.

Having mastered the art of the straight-forward punk record, it's no surprise that a change was in order. Named after a note written in the 1925 movie version of Phantom of the Opera, 'House With A Curse' shows that for Coliseum, the battle still rages on, but the tactics have changed; the blitzkrieg has given way to a style that is more deliberate and self-assured. Produced by the band and mixed by J. Robbins (Jawbox), 'House' finds the band exploring a multitude of tempos, song structures and instrumentation, with appearances from friends including Will Oldham (Palace, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), Jason Noble (Shipping News, Rachels, Rodan), Peter Searcy of Squirrel Bait and more.

For 'House', guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson experimented with a regimented "9-5" approach to songwriting, which meant sequestering himself in his home office six or seven days a week over nearly six months. "This process resulted in a period of the most inspired music writing I've ever done." Patterson says. Completed demos were passed on to bassist Mike Pascal and new drummer Carter Wilson, whose contributions give the album a pronounced rhythmic feel. By the time the band assembled for practice, everything was strictly business.

"Blind in One Eye," (the title was inspired by Pascal, who is actually blind in his left eye) is evidence that writing "9-5" had its benefits lyrically as well as musically. Patterson's trademark "everyman" approach to uncomfortable subjects like addiction, suicide, fear, and death is taken one step further by toying with alternate perspectives. "I wanted to avoid having the protagonist of the song always be in the first person and always be male, I feel like women are often left out of heavy music or are all too often seen as the villain in love-lost songs," says Patterson.

Joining the band on "Blind in One Eye" are friend and roadie Anthony Fossaluzza on Hammond organ and J. Robbins on backing vocals. The end result is a fresh, fist-pump worthy anthem that makes it easy to imagine a new generation of fans finding in Coliseum what the band mates have found in their own punk heroes.

Download "Blind In One Eye" at this location.

'House With A Curse'
Track List:
01. Introduction
02. Blind In One Eye
03. Everything To Everyone
04. Crime And The City
05. Cloaked In Red
06. Perimeter Man
07. Skeleton Smile
08. Isela Vega
09. Lost In Groningen
10. Statuary
11. Man Was Never Meant To Fly
12. Punk/Money

'House With a Curse'
is due out on 6/22 via Temporary Residence.

Coliseum
Tour Dates:
06/18 - Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley (Free Record Release Show)

w/ Burning Love:
06/25 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
06/26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/27 - Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
06/28 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions
06/29 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
06/30 - Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
07/01 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
07/02 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
07/03 - Richmond, VA @ The Bike Lot
07/04 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
07/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
07/07 - Bethlehem, PA @ Secret Art Space
07/08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
07/09 - Allston, NY @ Great Scott
07/10 - Montreal, QC @ Friendship Cove
07/11 - Ottowa, QC @ Maverick's (18+)
07/12 - Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labor
07/13 - Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Community
07/14 - Cleveland, OH @ Grop Shop
07/15 - Detroit, MI @ Smalls (21+)
07/16 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
07/17 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's

Coliseum
will play more dates later in the year, hitting the western part of the USA and Canada.
 
 
 
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Coliseum Announce Tour Dates With Russian Circles
May 24, 2009
Louisville, KY’s Coliseum has announced a string of tour dates alongside Russian Circles in mid-June. This tour will kick-off in Atlanta, GA on June 15th moving towards the mid-west, concluding in Omaha on the 21st. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

Coliseum, having recently completed a nine-week North American including five weeks supporting Napalm Death and two weeks supporting Converge, are expecting the release of a brand new 7” EP, 'True Quiet / Last Wave', shortly via Deathwish. Audio samples taken from the 7”, as well as a preview of the John Dyer Baizley artwork, can be accessed via the band’s MySpace page.

Coliseum recently performed a hometown release show in support of the 7” this past Friday, May 22nd at Skull Alley. This was the band’s first Louisville show in over a year and quite possibly their only one in 2009 as they prepare to write for their new album.

Coliseum w/ Russian Circles:
6/15 - Atlanta, GA - The E.A.R.L.
6/16 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
6/17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
6/18 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
6/19 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador
6/20 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
6/21 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown

For more info on Coliseum, visit www.Relapse.com, www.coliseumsoundsystem.com and the band's Official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/coliseum.
 
 
 
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Toxic Holocaust Shoot Video, Announce Headline Dates
April 16, 2009
Toxic Holocaust recently teamed up with director Jamie Robilard to shoot the second video from their Relapse debut 'An Overdose Of Death….' The video, for “Nuke The Cross”, was lensed in Oregon just prior to the band’s current tour with Napalm Death and is currently in post-production. An international premiere date will be announced shortly.

Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind commented on the video: “We recently wrapped up the filming of the 'Nuke the Cross' video with director Jamie Robilard. This video has some similar themes as the last one (i.e. waste barrels, fire, etc.) but everything has been taken to 10! The danger level to band and crew has definitely been taken up a notch...it's one of those things that you are going to have to see to understand. I don't wanna spoil it just yet. Filming took place in a few locations in Oregon, the main scene especially looks amazing as it was filmed in an old burned down saw mill in Vernonia. Just a note to everyone, booze and fire don't mix, but it makes things so much more fun!”

Toxic Holocaust is currently out as part of the “Campaign For Musical Destruction Tour 2009” with Napalm Death, Kataklysm, Coliseum, and Trap Them. This four-week tour includes a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest this weekend in Worcester, MA as well as two free in-stores in South Carolina and Georgia respectively for the band. Immediately following this tour, Toxic Holocaust will headline a run of dates in eastern Canada, keeping them on the road through early June. A listing of confirmed Toxic Holocaust tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Toxic Holocaust w/ Napalm Death, Kataklysm, Coliseum, Trap Them:
4/15 - Sudbury, ON - Serbian Hall
4/17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
4/18 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
4/19 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
4/20 - Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
4/21 - Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Laundrolouge
4/22 - Greenville, SC - Earshot Records (FREE 5pm in-store)
4/22 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
4/23 - Atlanta, GA - Criminal Records (FREE 5pm in-store)
4/23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
4/24 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
4/26 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
4/27 - Houston, TX - Meridian
4/28 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
4/29 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
4/30 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/01 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/02 - San Diego, CA - Soma
5/03 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
5/04 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
5/05 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
5/06 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
5/08 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
5/09 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
5/10 - Lubbock, TX - Tequila Jungle
5/11 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee
5/12 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
5/13 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
5/14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
5/15 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
5/16 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
5/17 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electrique
5/18 - Quebec City, QC - L’Imperial

Toxic Holocaust Headline Dates:
5/21 - Moncton, NB - Manhattan Lounge*
5/22 - Halifax, NS - Pavillion* (all ages early show)
5/22 - Halifax, NS - Gus Pub* (19+ late show)
5/23 - Charlottetown, NB - Benevolent Irish Society Hall*
5/24 - Fredericton, NB - Nicky Zee’s*
5/28 - Kingston, ON - Autonomous Social Centre (w/ Picked On, Critical Convictons)
5/29 - Burlington, ON - Red Rooster**
6/01 - St. Catherine, ON - L3**
6/02 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah**
6/03 - Sarnia, ON - Trinity Lounge**
6/04 - Windsor, ON - Chubby Pickle**
6/05 - Milton, ON - St. Paul’s Church**

* = w/ Iron Giant
** = w/ Cauldron

Updated Toxic Holocaust news and tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website, the Toxic Holocaust website, and the band's Official MySpace page.
 
 
 
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Toxic Holocaust Preps For Napalm Death Tour, CA In Store
March 19, 2009
Toxic Holocaust have added more dates to their previously announced five-week North American tour alongside Napalm Death. This tour, dubbed the “Campaign For Musical Destruction 2009 Tour”, will kick-off in early April and also includes Kataklysm, Coliseum and Trap Them, as well as a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest.

Prior to this tour, Toxic Holocaust will be in southern California playing shows with Carcass, Death Angel, Suffocation, Exodus, and more. The band has also announced a free in-store performance at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, CA. A complete listing of Toxic Holocaust tour dates can be found below.

Toxic Holocaust Tour Dates:
March 26 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom (w/ Carcass, Death Angel, Abysmal Dawn)
March 27 - Mountain View, CA - Rasputin’s (in-store performance)
March 28 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove (California Metal Fest w/ Carcass, Suffocation, Exodus and more)

w/ Napalm Death, Kataklysm, Coliseum, Trap Them:
4/10 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
4/11 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
4/12 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
4/13 - Cincinnati, OH - The Madhatter
4/14 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
4/15 - Sudbury, ON - Serbian Hall
4/17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
4/18 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
4/19 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
4/20 - Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
4/21 - Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Laundrolouge
4/22 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
4/23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
4/24 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
4/26 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
4/27 - Houston, TX - Meridian
4/28 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
4/29 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
4/30 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/01 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/02 - San Diego, CA - Soma
5/03 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
5/04 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
5/05 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
5/06 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
5/08 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
5/09 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
5/10 - Lubbock, TX - Tequila Jungle
5/11 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee
5/12 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
5/13 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
5/14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
5/15 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
5/16 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
5/17 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electrique
5/18 - Quebec City, QC - L’Imperial

For more info on Toxic Holocaust, visit any of the following: www.Relapse.com, www.toxicthrashmetal.com and www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2003
HOME TOWN: Louisville, KY
MEMBERS:
Ryan Patterson - Guitar
Vocals
Mike Pascal - Bass
Chris Maggio – Drums

Like their namesake, the legendary Sunn amplifier, Coliseum is a colossus of unbridled heaviness and no nonsense intensity.

Formed in November of 2003 by singer/guitarist Ryan Patterson, Coliseum fully embraced punk rock and hardcore’s DIY ethos from the start. The band recorded their first album on an eight track reel to reel in a Louisville garage mere months after their first practices. This self-titled album saw its release in the Summer of 2004 on Level Plane Records and was a raw and primal initial statement of intent, blending early punk, d-beat and hints of crusty hardcore. A split 7” with fellow Louisville punk-metallers Lords on Patterson’s label Auxiliary Records was released soon after. The band instantly set off on tour, logging over 100 shows in their first eight months on the road with the likes of Cursed, Hot Cross, Breather Resist, Lickgoldensky, and more.

Coliseum continued on with their constant self-funded touring and recording, entering the studio in late 2004 to record their much talked about Goddamage EP. First released via Manic Ride Records in April of 2005 and later reissued by Auxiliary, Goddamage saw the addition of Mike Pascal on bass guitar and found the band expanding their thrashing hardcore sound with melodic post-hardcore and rock influences, to great result. During 2005, Coliseum logged over another 120 shows while on tour with From Ashes Rise, Municipal Waste, Kylesa, Buried Inside, Breather Resist, Lords, Torche and others.

While continuing to tour relentlessly, Coliseum released a handful of split releases with their peers. The first of these was Not Of This World, a split 12”/CD with Boston’s Doomriders. Not Of This World featured new tracks and Danzig covers from each band and was released via Auxiliary and Level Plane in November of 2005.

At the end of 2005 the band found themselves without a drummer and enlisted friends Geoff Paton (Breather Resist, Young Widows) and Al Biddle (Rammer) to fill in for respective tours, never canceling a single show. After an exhaustive search for a permanent drummer, they found powerhouse player Chris Maggio on the reference of mutual friend Dave Witte. Maggio learned the entire Coliseum set in mere days and they began 2006 with their first European tour alongside hometown compatriots Lords. This tour was accompanied by a Coliseum / Lords split CD out through Destructure Records. The disc compiled previously released material by each band as well as one exclusive “CoLordsiseum” track, a collaboration written and recorded by assembled members of both bands.

A third split CD release, this time with Young Widows, served as Maggio’s recorded debut and came out in July of 2006 on Auxiliary Records. This collection of tracks would see its 7” vinyl release later in the year through Relapse Records.

The Coliseum and Relapse relationship would strengthen by the end of year when Coliseum became official members of the Relapse roster. The band then began to focus on the writing of their second full-length album. Committing themselves to an intense writing and rehearsing regiment, they toiled away in their rehearsal space for a one-week-on / one-week-off schedule for months on end.

They entered God City Studios in Salem, MA in May 2007 with producer Kurt Ballou to record their Relapse debut, No Salvation. The result was their best material to date. Incredibly impassioned songs that range from hardcore tirades that shred at a breakneck pace, to tightly constructed monolithic riffs, as well as songs that break entirely new ground for the band. Coliseum has continued to perfect their melding of hardcore, punk and rock with the urgency and desperation of the most vital hardcore forefathers.

No Salvation is set for August 2007 release date and bleeds, sweats, and cries COLISEUM's passion, power, and DIY principles. And for a band who has toured incessantly since forming, one can only expect a number of tour dates in support of the album’s release.