|Review: C-187 - Collision|
Label: Mascot Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 16, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (4 Votes)
Well this is pretty damn awful. Talk about the let down of 2007 - I was salivating like Pavlov's Dog last year when hearing about the formation of this band, and who wouldn't when the line-up consists of several icons of their youth such as drum god Sean Reinert (ex-Cynic, Death et al), bass lord Tony Choy (ex-Cynic, Atheist, Pestilence et al) and Patrick Mameli (ex-Pestilence), all joining forces to concentrate on a progressive Thrash album. I had well and truly pitched a trouser tent at the thought of an early Atheist/Pestilence/Cynic combination, but after the first few notes spattered like diarrhea against the toilet bowl; my metal-boner found itself careering towards the floor faster than you can say 'bigpileofpoop'.
What these guys have come up with beggars belief to me - OK so it was generally considered Patrick Mameli's project (he who supposedly lost his interest in metal, thus leaving Pestilence in the early 90s), but fuck, with these other guys on board - it just HAD to be good, right? No, completely fucking wrong, and I'm pissed that I followed my trust in the members past work enough to pick this up on a blind purchase. What we have hear is basically some bad, club-handed Meshuggah metal, with the occasional jazzy technical riffs here and there, and topping it all off with some weird time signatures and some admittedly sterling solos, as well as Cynic like-ambient synth parts. However, you'll note that I've yet to mention anything about the vocalist as yet, or anything that comes out of his mouth for that matter. Tony Jelencovich covers the vocals here, and I'm not surprised if you don't recognize his name, as his full time job is in the awful Mnemic. His performance here almost made me decide not to review this at all (on the basis of him tipping the balance slightly too far to in non-metal direction for comfort, along with a lot of borderline dubious riffage) but I figured this would serve as a good warning to other like-minded fans if nothing else. His ear-rending hardcore-like yap ruins whatever riffs could be even partly enjoyable beyond all recognition. Oh yeah, and did I mention that he has a tendency for singing Gansta rap-styled lyrics? Just look at some of the song titles… UGH - You know what? I can't give this piece of shit any more coverage, so this review ends here. AVOID like the damp seat on the bus.
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