Collide - Two Releases
By Rat Bastard
So as not to delude the reader with any
presumption of unbiased opinion, I will open with this perfectly honest (and
biased) statement: I like Collide. I like Collide a lot. I even have a Collide
sticker on the back bumper of my car (which may not have been the most
intelligent choice of automobile adornment, for obvious reasons).
Of course, I could fill volumes of children's books with
such statements (Rat likes Collide. Rat likes to listen to Collide. Rat wants
you to listen to Collide. etc et ad nauseam), but I will forego that approach
in favor of a more articulate (and, hopefully, more convincing) means of
furthering my agenda. After all, every review has an agenda, whether it be to
steer the reader toward or away from the object of review, and I aim to steer
not unlike a kamikaze pilot with an intravenous crack feed.
Collide is composed of Karin and Statik. In short, Karin
makes all of the vocal noise, Statik makes all of the other noise, and the
resulting combination of aggressive electronics and unearthly ethereal female
vocals, to put it simply, works. Not only does it work, but it kicks much ass
in the process.
Collide's debut album, Beneath the
Skin, contains a wide range of music, from the fast-driving beat of its
opener, Violet's Dance to the epic Pandora's Box, which starts
off slowly, with little more than Karin's voice to carry the melody, and builds
to noisy crescendo as Statik introduces more layers over time.
The followup, Distort, is a
collection of remixes from the previous album, along with a few covers thrown
in. Of particular note is Collide's version of Devo's Whip It, which is
absolutely amazing. Devo's bleeps and blops are replaced with noise and heavy
percussion, while Karin's purrs and whispers give the song far more "alluring"
qualities. The remixes are all sufficiently different from the originals to be
worth owning, from the relatively subtle changes in Beneath the Skin
(Razor's Edge Mix) to the weirdness that is Violet's Dance (Abstract Dub
Now that you've been briefed, go forth and buy both of these
releases, especially if you're looking for something new and different in the
world of industrial music. There are plenty of Front 242s, Leaether Strips, and
FLAs in the world, but only one Collide. And with only two album releases, it
should be a fairly inexpensive matter to get yourself fully primed for the
release of the next album. I have been for quite some time now.
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