The title pun was easy this time, as is liking this track. Coldbones make exactly the kind of post-rock I love, namely energetic and groovy but still emotional and evocative. Their second album, The Cataclysm, is set to wash over us on April 17th via the incomparable Dunk! Records (I will never stop lauding Dunk!) is one of my most expected releases in the genre this year. Thus, I had to jump on the opportunity to premiere not only the album’s first single but the video that goes along with it as well in all its, well, cataclysmic glory. Get it? OK, I’ll stop. Let’s just get to it; scroll down below to turn the bass up way high and stream the “Collapse”!
The term “guns blazing” was virtually made for this track. The opening dominance of the drums is hard to resist, especially when the bass starts chugging alongside it and you can hear that sweet, sweet mix taking hold. While the guitars also hold their own in the opening segments of the track, the first minute and a half or so definitely belong to the groove section. But don’t you worry, the guitars aren’t going to take this lying down. After some scintillating synths embellish our way into the track’s middle segment, a more pronounced and present guitar tone arrives, stabbing at the composition in an exploratory fashion before exploding into energy. This is when the track really takes off, melding electronic, feedback, pretty, harrowing, and crushing into that good, good post-rock-on-the-verge-of-metal we all so love.
Bottom line, “Collapse” is a trip and a half, calling to mind bands like sleepmakeswaves (a comparison further amplified by the shared themes of human/climate collapse) or Telepathy. If you’re a post-rock fan like me and you like your delayed guitars to come with a healthy serving of grunt, punch, and brawl then you should put The Cataclysm on your map.