The debut album by German punk band Coma Beach, “The Scapegoat’s Agony,” is a haunting exploration of shock, chaos, pain, rage, and isolation. The band draws on influences from punk and alternative rock, including the Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Cure, and Guns N’ Roses.
Their lyrics, written in English, incorporate themes from various authors such as Samuel Beckett’s existentialist worldview, Douglas Adams’s satirical approach to human absurdity, William Shakespeare’s tragic conflicts, and Arthur Schopenhauer’s metaphysical pessimism.
The album boasts raw energy. From manic vocals, fuzzy guitar riffs and off-the-charts pounding drumming, “The Scapegoat’s Agony,” by Coma Beach has everything that is required to make a solid punk record. It is not every day that you discover a band that is ready to revisit the roots of punk music. The German band does just that, and more! Tracks like ‘Mind Descending’ and ‘Extreme Masochist‘ are articulate interpretations of the exceptional songwriting skills of Coma Beach. Furthermore, the band effortlessly blends punk rock with thrash metal influences, the result of which is a debut record that sets them apart from the rest of the pack.
A refreshing take on new-wave punk music
Punk music is arguably on the verge of extinction. While giants like Green Day are still putting out new music, the sound has become more influenced by modern times. The artistic vision of punk bands is constantly evolving to suit the needs of the fickle-minded global audience. Amidst all of this, it is refreshing to see a band staying true to its roots.
With in-your-face lyrics and a no-holds-bar style of songwriting, Coma Beach is one of the finest acts to emerge from the German music scene. The band, still in its nascent stages have made a record that immaculately portrays the mindset and musical direction that punk has long lost in the waves of time.
The music is aggressive, yet maintains the subtle tonal characteristics that remind us of Ramones and Sex Pistols. God might not have been able to save the queen, but Coma Beach is surely making a conscious effort to save the future of Punk music. The new LP is already on the right track to becoming a work of art that shall be remembered for years to come by Punk traditionalists.
Coma Beach is the anti-thesis to post-structuralism
“What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of death?” Coma Beach screams. The energy of the record is infectious. With tracks like ‘Bliss’ provide a moment of respite for the listeners to truly appreciate the music. The production is top-notch with a sonic soundscape that encompasses the stereo field beautifully. In addition, each instrument shines while also staying true to the artistic vision of the record.
With intense energy and themes of existentialism etched into its narrative, Coma Beach’s debut LP is suitable to become a part of action movies like John Wick. It may also find a place in off-beat comedy-horror flicks such as Scream.
Overall, Coma Beach offers a clear-eyed artistic vision that blends genres and influences to create a unique and thought-provoking musical experience. Released in 2021, “The Scapegoat’s Agony,” is an album that will find a place in every indie-punk playlist. At a little over 46 minutes, the album presents an apt representation of the band’s varied influences. In conclusion, Coma Beach is indeed a band to watch out for in the underground punk and metal scene.