April 29th, 2008
Release length: 33:49
I, Colossus is a rather mediocre attempt. Much of the music on the release has been done before, and pretty much every song on this release will feel like one of the two aforementioned acts. The only time it really doesn’t it during a lighter moment in “The Glorious Fall”, where the music becomes more of a slower, melodic death metal sound and is actually really good. Had this band gone that route for more songs on this release, and not just mid song to encompass a solo, this release probably would have been a little better. Instead you have some decent, but stereotypical guitar riffs and drum work, interlaced with breakdowns that don’t sound that typical, but just become very repetative as the album goes on. By the time you hit “Autonomy”, you’ll be downright sick of hearing the same breakdown over and over again, but only altered with maybe one changed fret, or an extra bass kick.
So, aside the unenthusiastic breakdowns, and the extreme similarities to other bands, what else could be wrong with this release? While the music is somewhat tolerable. After your first spin through the disc, maybe your second if you’re a die hard deathcore fan, you’ll pretty much be done with it. The only real perk to this release is that I, Colossus doesn’t follow the trend of five plus breakdowns in one song, or just having the entire song as a breakdown. The title track, “I, Colossus” does manage to be a rather entertaining track due to how fast the song is, though the guitar work of the song sounds spot on with any Black Dahlia Murder track out there. But, perhaps the best part of this album is found with the track “The Glorious Fall”.
After many repeat listens, thinking it might have just been a program on the computer screwing up, it became clear that this was not at all the case. At exactly 2:23 into the song “The Glorious Fall”, there is a sound that many people will recognize immediately: The sound of a text message being received on a cell phone. Yes! Someone obviously was not paying attention when the album was being recorded, as this sound, which comes out of absolutely nowhere and clearly is not intended to be part of this track, was left in the mix and is extremely noticable. Not “Oh, that was background noise, the band probably didn’t hear it”, more like “It sounds like it’s right up against the speaker, what the hell!”
I, Colossus is a mediocre attempt of idol worship that shows some potential in the band, but falls prey to repetative sounding breakdowns, stereotypical guitars and only often impressive drumming. The main attention grabbing moment is when the band closes the final song, “The Glorious Burden”, with a more melodic death metal sounding moment (“Dawning” and “Aural Apocalypse” both being instrumentals). In small doses the album is tolerable, but after your first spin, if you try to digest the entire album at once, it will become harmful. Perhaps it’s best just to take solace in the fact that, during the creation of this album, someone in that studio received what one would hope to be a lifesaving text message…
01. Dawning – 1:29
02. Liberation Of A Giant – 3:06
03. The Accidentist – 3:13
04. I, Colossus – 4:08
05. Autonomy – 3:21
06. Omega – 3:17
07. Dismantle The Architect (The Meeting) – 3:26
08. The Cleansing Apparatus – 3:07
09. The Glorious Fall – 7:22
10. Aural Apocalypse – 1:20
|Overall Score: 2.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.