By Marcus Pan
Now Id normally start a CD review by telling you
a bit about the band, Collide, but if youre even vaguely aware of
industrial music (and I assume you would be if youre reading Legends),
then Id assume you know of Collide already. However, you can read our
latest interview with them and check out the review of their previous,
Some Kind of Strange, release. My personal favorite of theirs is
Chasing the Ghost. Vortex is actually a double CD release,
with plenty of music for your money. Many of the tracks here on Vortex are
remixes of past work given different names taken from the lyrics. Wing of
Steel for example was originally Chasing the Ghost.
Vortex opens so off kilter-interesting that I can
almost hear Winona Ryder breathe the words I myself
am strange and
unusual as Euphoria slides in with deep bass and bubbling rhythms
that grows into a crescendo of industrial guitars and guttural bass movements
a great way to kick off Vortex. Over the years Collides
sound has grown in maturity and complexity, becoming bigger and better with
each successive release.
Feed Me to the Lions is a swifter track with an
almost funk-based rhythm and bass. KARins vocals are sultry and sexy with
just a hint of metallic tinge. Im digging the rhythm and blues element to
Collides work these days in tracks like this and the following Slither
Thing as well. Like You Want to Believe picks up the guitar riff
level again, creating a heavy tune with a nice juxtaposition against
KARins female diva-esque vocal work. Im loving the wacky cheekiness
of The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum, a new track here. Its
got that circa-60s B-movie soundtrack going for it. The 7+ minute Frozen
closes Vortex with a trancyness.
There is a second CD to this release, Xetrov, and
here we have more remixed goodness. Most notable on this CD it kicks off with a
cover of Haunted When the Minutes Drag originally by Love & Rockets.
Collide modernizes the song adding a more electronic base and giving it a
swirly and ambient feel. It pushes the song to nearly 8 minutes in length, and
I think that might be a little long.
Rhys Fulber of Conjure One offers Tempted and you
can definitely see the influence it really sounds like a Conjure One
release. Xetrov comes off much more ambient and trance-like than the
heavier industrial style of Vortex. It, on the whole, has a more lacy
feel to its sound, concentrating more on swirlyness and smoother backgrounds.
Inside takes us into a bit more experimental vibes.
Overall the Vortex double CD set is a worthy buy.
Moving from heavier industrial to more ambient and swirly strains, the takes on
Collides music from a number of different folks is interesting and
differing enough to merit its own release. If youre looking for a laid
back and smooth time, Xetrov will fit the bill here. For a bit heavier
stompage, go with Vortex.
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 By Mike
Ventarola in Legends #136.
Reviewed in Legends #137.
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 Conjure Ones self-titled
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