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   COMA STAR
Headroom Of Conscience
2003
Locomotive Music
www.comastar.com


rating: 2/5

1. Painkiller
2. Everything
3. Suicide Man
4. Give Yourself Away
5. Don't Fit
6. Diggin'
7. Take Me Over
8. Behind
9. Suffocated
10. Forgot How To Win
Coma Star are a band featuring one Swiss and two German members who are currently located in Los Angeles. Fulfilling their rock'n'roll dream? I guess so, but how it turns out remains to be seen. They play alternative rock, or "nu rock" (damn, I can't keep up with all these genres) and their style is rather angry. Angry along the lines that the term "alternative rock" sets, that is. They describe the music themeselves as "U2 on Jack Daniels" but where U2 have actually managed to create some classic tunes, Coma Star aren't even halfway there, which on the other hand is rather understandable, since I don't see it as quite fair to compare a newcomer band to a huge name like U2 and while in my opinion Jack Daniels tastes like crap, but has a few other, rather good sides attached to it, Coma Star lacks these good sides.

The song material is quite flat as "Suicide Man" is the only one that in some way stands out from the rest of the songs. The guitars are well placed on the forefront but as a whole the album would sound a lot heavier and angrier if the production was better. The singer Emmi reminds me of the late Kurt Cobain and I think his voice suits quite well for this kind of music. At the end of the day there are a few nice and catchy melodies but in all honesty I don't think the song material is solid enough for a full-length release. All it takes is a little more variation and imagination to the compositions and these guys might actually get somewhere.

I see much more potential for them on American soil where this kind of music is more popular than in Europe, I think. I guess the band has noticed that too since they're located, as mentioned earlier, in Los Angeles. Surely fans of alternative rock will appreciate this a lot more than I do. Did. I see no reason why they wouldn't like this.

submitted by Aleksi 01.04.2003

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