Coma Beach – The Scapegoat’s Agony

Coma Beach are a punk rock/alternative rock band from Würzburg in Germany and were formed in 1993 by singer B. Kafka, guitarist Captain A. Fear and drummer M. Lecter, with bassist U. Terror and rhythm guitarist M. Blunt completing the line-up.

The Scapegoat’s Agony is their debut album and was released on 16/06/2021. The title is an ominous sounding allusion to the literary works of Samuel Beckett and this is a reflection of the thematic cornerstones of Coma Beach’s music, shock, chaos, pain, rage and isolation.

Musical influences range from The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Hüsker Dü, Joy Division, The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain to Guns N’ Roses, Therapy? and Bad Religion and these can all be heard at various points during this album, the sound standing with one foot in the punk genre and the other in alternative rock.

I would say these guys lean more to the punk side of rock but influences from a multitude of others also shine through.

Being very much guitar-driven, the riffs are heavy and fast, with a rawness that only punk rock can bring to the table and the drumming is energetic and frantic.

It’s the vocals that makes this band stand out. Punky in nature, they are shouty and in your face and are accompanied by backup vocals that are in much the same vein. But there is also an edginess to the vocals, a grittiness that makes them more than just a punk band. The singer attempts a whole range of different vocal styles and carries each of them off perfectly.

There is a range of tracks on this album too, each different from the last, and this shows the diversity and talent this band has. This is a punk band who are that little bit more than a punk and I think this will make them appeal to a wide range of listeners.

Please go and check out this band and their album and I, for one, am very much looking forward to anything else these guys release!

Track Listing:

1) The Past Of The Future

2) Nothing Right

3) Mind Descending

4) A Madman’s Dream

5) Bliss

6) Passion

7) Jesus’ Tears

8) Astray (Fallen Angel)

9) Extreme Masochist

10) Absurd

11) Another Song

12) I Won’t Listen

13) The Final Door

This review is purely the property of The Metal Asylum

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