Collapse - _From Another Place_
by: Brian Meloon (4 out of 5)
This is some pretty interesting and technical thrash. It sounds most like a thrashier Voivod, but it's pretty interesting, with a lot of complex syncopations, a la Meshuggah. A lot of the technicality is (for lack of a better word) tedious: it's not the "twiddly-twiddly" complexity that the shredders have, nor the flashy complexity of Atheist or Lethargy, but rather the dense kind of complexity that makes the songs difficult to really follow on the first few listens. Adding to this effect are the numerous changes in the music, and some rather choppy transitions between sections. A number of the transitions are very smooth, though. The vocals also remind me of Voivod, although they're more melodic, and not as nasal. They certainly fit the music well. The production is good, thick, and heavy sounding, and the packaging is very good too. This is a professional offering, and worth checking out if you like technical stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if they're signed shortly.

Contact: COLLAPSE, P.O. Box 4557, London, SW20 8XJ England

(article published 11/10/1996)

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