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Released: 2009, 4G Discos
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Coalission hail from Buenos Aires, Argentina and have an independently released, five song self-titled EP already under their belts that came out in 2008.
Flamenco guitars and odd industrial garble segue into "Alienation", the first proper track on the twelve-song ALIENADO. Coalission can best be described as a blend of nineties inspired groove metal and incorporate a sludgy, psychedelic influence on this track. The vocals of Angel Racco are really raw and bring this third world metal party to the forefront. Angel sings in English, or broken English with a heavy accent, and has a raspy, gravelly approach to his delivery. Guitarist Leo Hernandez throws in a lot of lead guitar runs throughout much of ALIENADO, often giving these tracks a jam-band kind of feel as demonstrated on tracks like "Alive In Hell" or "Addiction". At times though, the added bells and whistles of his lead work can be distracting from the core riffs and take away from the songs' hooks. "Fatal Corp." has sort of a traveling nomad vibe to it, and is probably the album's most cohesive and all around catchy number.
The production on ALIENDAO is pretty poor, no fault of the band themselves I'm sure, probably just a product of their overall environment. Having said that, what you hear from drummer Hernan Berini is undoubtedly the real deal, and has likely never been re-touched by studio trickery. The accompanying CD booklet is very well done, packed with pictures, liner notes and lyrics all professionally laid out.
My final opinion on this disc is that we have four musicians who all seem very promising, but ALIENADO is so all over the place musically I don't think they are all on the same page in terms of consistency. At times ALIENADO conjures visual imagery of four guys jamming aimlessly in a rehearsal room. I would like to see more attention to song structure and less pedestrian ramblings. Some of this admittedly may be due to the album's final mix, muddy riffs are being buried under blazing leads that serve no real purpose. Vocals are too quiet one minute and too loud the next. I would strongly recommend seeking out a ready and able producer who could better direct future efforts from these four in engineering their next musical offering. For what they must have shelled out financially for the slick CD booklet they could probably save and put towards just that.
3. Alive In Hell
4. Fatal Corp.
6. I Will Shine
10. Deadly Insanity
11. And For You, And For Them
Angel Racco - Vocals, Guitar
Leo Fernandez - Guitar
Martin Fares - Bass
Hernan Berini - Drums
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