Colossus - Worshipper
My second taste of this new ambient/metal/drone band Colossus. I loved the first disc, Tar Heaven Wonders Of The Ancient World, and gave it one of my best reviews. This new disc is no different. Eight tracks packaged with a clear insert that I've yet to see so far. Nice, clean and simple.
The first track, Earth Pulse, opens the disc great with a doom metal sounding style. There's a guitar riff being plucked with some great delay effects and soft tones. The next track, Thunder Pulse, is the longest at 8 minutes. It features more of a drone sound then anything. Some great loops and carried sounds, which soon break apart near the end into some sci-fi collapse. Track three, Psychic Secession, is very melodic and has some great effects. I know Ryan is using guitar but I can't figure out how he's doing it. It's very peaceful and dreamy and one of the better tracks on the disc. It gets really good near the end as well with notes being plucked here and there. Track four, Me Of The City, is one of the more experimental ones. Fairly creepy with some whispers mixed into a high drone and light loops. Half way through some random drums come to beat in and they fit perfect. It makes this the industrial track of the album. Fairly loud at times, but yet, soothing in it's evil intent. It all crashes into the next short track, Landed, featuring a light drone and again, sci-fi sounding. Half way through it begins to sound more like a crash instead of a landing. Very effective. Track Six, Gases From Heaven, gets very doom-metal sounding. Heavy guitar drone with a phaser type effect plays over top of plucked notes. A fairly well done musical drone track. Track Seven, Psychic Redemption, cools the ears down with some light metal guitar delay play. There's some vocal moaning and the track soon gets into an actual song when drums and a tambourine come in half way through. An awesome track but I wish the vocals were more discerable. The last track, Universal Peace, ends the disc in a light ambient drone piece. Again, more guitar drone with subtle happenings and going ons that creep in and out. Good way to end the disc for sure.
I will now say something I don't say often, and I told Ryan this too. Colossus needs to be on CD or Vinyl some day. This guy does such great experimental music that it rivals the likes of Sunn 0))), Boris, and The Goslings. I could play these bands all day simply cause it's not just noise or ambient. It has a lot of reply value and can appeal to more than just the average noise junkie. Like his first disc this is one of my favorite CDr's in my collection and if he ever puts out a CD someday I'll be first in line to get it.