|Five years ago Coriolis debuted with a titleless album with keyboard
gothic and electronic metal. The Endless Funeral is the follow-up release. The core of
this band is Jonathan P. Stamets who does vocals, guitar, programming, plays the
pennywhistle, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the album. To call this new album
industrial metal would make it sound too metal, though there are frequent heavy guitars
sustaining the Coriolis sound. Musically this is rather a melting pot of gothic,
industrial, rock, metal and even dance music. Interesting tracks are Everything Must Go
and Weight Of The World with its beautiful whistled solo. The songs seem to be very lyric
oriented. No wonder as this is a concept album describing how Stamets started out in life
optimistic, trusting his fellow humans and, above all, trusting God was on his side. But
then life showed its ugly face and things weren't simple any more. This album ventilates
the various states Stamets was in. Thank You displays his younger, optimistic self. See
You In Hell is filled with anger. And the song Lie? is depressing:
'Where do I go when
the world falls down around me? Sometimes I can't comprehend. I never know who's a friend
or who's an enemy (I may not have any friends). Is there a purpose or a destiny to guide
me? Is the cake just a lie? If there's a God, He isn't speaking to me recently but I'm
still waiting for reply.'
This is not a I've-lived-through-it-and-I'm-happy-again kind of record. It's filled
with the same dark emotions you can find in some of the Psalms in the Bible. The final
song ends with irregular heartbeats stopping and a final breath, followed by silence. And
then, almost unexpected, a heart begins beating again. Despite everything that goes wrong
in life, Stamets holds on to his faith.
Listen to Coriolis on myspace.com.