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The Coma Recovery
Man Ascend
Self Released

Rating: 7/10 ?


February 4, 2005
Unsigned and straight outta Albuquerque comes the Coma Recovery. They play a brand of proggy post hardcore that's part latter day Cave in and part Mars Volta. It's melodic and soaring, and from time to time attempts to get all atmospheric with some guitar pedal effects and what may be keyboards. It actually would come close to being quite special, if not for the overall shabby production values and a few other flaws.

Of course with the budget tightened, the production suffers. This album sounds more like demo material with all instruments including the vocals losing their identity in what can sound like a fuzzy wall of sound. It's the most immediate and biggest hurdle for the group.

Talent-wise though, the group belongs on a label. They'd be a nice addition to just about any smaller punk imprint. And it'd be interesting to see what the band could do with a budget. Yet even with meager funds on this EP the band fall victim to over-indulgence, so I'm wary of what type of noodling might occur with proper studio time.

An example of a need to trim the fat on some songs comes out in "Chasing Your Truth": While the song initially rocks hard in a concise blast of speed and aggression, with about 3 minutes left, The Coma Recovery decide to outro with a spacey-then-menacing post rock breakdown of squealing guitars. What is otherwise a kick ass track deteriorates into metal sludge, with pseudo haunting atmospherics and heavy riffing. Drop the excess and kick out the tight jams I say. It would work to their advantage.

The band could use some tweaking and tightening, perhaps revising a 5 or 6 minute song into a concise 3 minute burst of energy. While this revision would serve them well, the inherent groundwork for improvement is already laid. Even though songs might meander, just about every one features some parts - like the riffs and screams on "Hearts of Man" - that had me nodding in appreciation. If the group is able to get some budgetary beef, and work out the few kinks remaining from the demo days, I'd say The Coma Recovery would be ones to look out for, even if you can't pronounce Albuquerque.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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