great collapse Neither Washington Nor Moscow... Again (CD, £14.75)
The melodic hardcore supergroup fronted by STRIKE ANYWHERE singer Thomas Barnett is once again combining utopian socialism, political activism and raging punk rock on their second album. Besides Barnett GREAT COLLAPSE is featuring current and ex members of cult bands RISE AGAINST, DEATH BY STEREO, NATIONS AFIRE and SET YOUR GOALS. The punk rock veterans created a highly explosive record with their second full length. Compared to their debut album Holy War this record was created in a more spontaneous and organic way. Barnett about the writing process: "This record was written fast and furious over the Summer of 17, built out of Todd, Chris and Tom's Portland basement jams that were noisy, sometimes uniquely structured, and all a bit angular. We wanted to keep that feeling, capture the noise and the heat and the frustration about these times." Lyrically Barnett went deeper and darker than ever before: "The lyrics and songs are all a conceptual headlong rush into the last year and it's horror and the broken bones of society erupting from the skin of this present danger in history. We wanted to give a sound to the feeling of catching up to the present, as the breaking wave of our civilisation's flaws and addictions pours into every moment. That 'Going Back' feeling." As the band settles between Portland and the Bay Area In California, certain sonic elements became a bigger part of their sound. While still staying true to its melodic punk heritage the band tastefully integrated more noisier influences from POISON IDEA to BLACK FLAG while also adding several BAD BRAINS inspired grooves. GREAT COLLAPSE featuring current and ex-members of STRIKE ANYWHERE, RISE AGAINST, DEATH BY STEREO, NATIONS A FIRE and SET YOUR GOALS. TRACKLISTING: 01. A TALE OF TWO CITIES 02. WHO MAKES? 03. ATOMIC CALENDAR 04. MELTDOWN! 05. AN INJURY TO ONE 06. SOUTHERN EXORCISM 07. FOREST FOR THE TREES 08. COLONY BLACKOUT 09. PRETTY WRECKAGE 10. PATIENT ZERO COMES HOME 11. ESCAPE VELOCITY. Barnett says: “We build this road by walking on it, no matter how many steps or lifetimes it may take."
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