Coma Recovery Drown That Holy End in Wine

Formerly named Persona Projector, Albuquerque, NM’s the Coma Recovery are helping to change the face of indie metal. Their debut, Drown That Holy End in Wine, is experimental yet progressive post-hardcore, as if Cave In and Isis began epic jams after listening to Kiss It Goodbye for a week straight. Opener "The Glory of Alone” is at once driving and spacey, throbbing and atmospheric, with a keyboard intro reminiscent of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s "Karn Evil 9.” Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell is summoned via King Crimson in "I Left My Body in Oregon” with a potently repeated guitar riff, and "Creation in a Handbook” finds lead singer Daniel Brigman inserting spoken-word verses between his hoarse-throat screams. "Jet Ring Sent” has thrash-y chordage that evens out to semi-melodic rock with Rush-like keys (revisited later in "Fifteen Minute Hourglass” and "Capulet”), but "Beneath One Silent Orchestra” pits Jupiter-era Cave In against Mosquito Control-ing Isis. "Charm of a Pessimist” maintains Subarachnoid Space-like textures amid a crashing, Tool-ish drone. Produced by These Arms Are Snakes’ Chris Common and packaged in a DVD-sized Digipak, the strident Drown That Holy End puts the Coma Recovery in the immediate spotlight. (XIII Bis)