Breach
Kollapse


4.5
superb

Review

by JAV USER (12 Reviews)
August 19th, 2010 | 39 replies | 10,136 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The scintillating final offering from Breach shows the realms of possibilities that could have been.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Kollapse opens with soaring reverberating guitar notes that are, dare I say, hopeful? Taking note of this possible brightening of outlook one must ask themselves, is this really a Breach album? Has the band that brought so much darkness and trepidation with Friction, It’s Me God and Venom finally lightened up a bit? Thankfully no, they are still as fearsome as ever liquifying your brain into slime. After the deceptively pleasant “Big Strong Boss” they decide they should remind you of the madness they are so capable of with “Old Ass Player”. It’s a reminder how easily they can detonate your ear drums with their powerful sound.

The final offering from Breach, Kollapse showcases how many different directions the band could have moved in. If this were coming from some other bands it may end up sounding messy, chaotic or disjointed. In the skillful hands of these Swedes it comes out brilliant and coherent. Showing just enough flair, anger, experimentation and hysteria to all fit together beautifully but at the same time gives insight into their influences and future possibilities. The quiet noodlings like “Sphincter Ani” and “Seven” show that when they want to they can show restraint and explore a soundscape calmly.

Not to make you think this whole album is an ant free picnic they still travel into the dark corners with songs like “Alarma” and “Mr. Marshall”. I still have no idea what “Mr. Marshall” is about but the bits of lyrics I do catch don’t sound pleasant. They also takes forays into what could be described as post metal or rock, “Teeth Out” is probably the best example of this with the entire song forming around a single repeating guitar line with slight variations. The entire time it slowly builds tension and while you’re expecting the calmness to be consumed with a furious explosion of sound and feedback it never quite gets there. Instead the tension is held to a tempered level and it stays there till it’s all over.

“Breathing Dust” along with “Murder Kings and Killer Queens” are chaotic rampages blazing by leaving a wake of blood and bodies behind. The most jarring track on here is actually in the form of “Lost Crew” which invokes the style of a 70’s pop punk throwback smothered with a heavy dose of metal. This only makes sense if you look at part Breach’s history where the founding members were in a 70’s pop punk band. Another change that occurred on Kollapse is the actual singing of Tomas. Before he would only scream and yell, here we find him singing very competently. His lyrics are strange as they have ever been and I believe he deviates between English and Swedish at some points making it a little difficult to interpret what he’s saying.

At their final show in 2007 the band proceeded to destroy all of their instruments further cementing the indication they wouldn’t be playing together again. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to an amazing discography from a group of guys who have only recently begun to get some recognition for their brilliance. Kollapse alternately soars and dives into blackness all while pulling out some surprises along the way. If this doesn’t convince you to give them a chance I don’t think anything will.



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FurbyPower
August 19th 2010



26 Comments


tribal filled angst? wut is this?

Mordecai.
August 19th 2010



8255 Comments


i'd hoped you'd died somewhere long the line JAV

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2010



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review, spot on to the word, Pos'd.

The recommendations from Cave In and Burst are spot-on too. Both are among my favorite listens.

This needed a review BADLY. You kept your promise about reviewing this.

This record was - among many others - the absolute soundtrack for me during my 1-year service in the Hellenic Army.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

JAV
August 19th 2010



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'd hoped you'd died somewhere long the line JAV

I tried, it didn't take.

Voivod: Yea I don't know why it took me so long, it was easier to review than I thought it would be. Been listening to it constantly ever since I heard it. Sucks that actual copies are so hard to find over here. Thanks for the pos.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2010



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sucks that actual copies are so hard to find over here

Not just with Breach, but with all obscure, yet high-quality bands out there...

eternium
August 19th 2010



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Going to try to get into this band.

Digging: Thou - Heathen

JAV
August 20th 2010



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do it! Do it now!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2010



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omg

amazon.com charges 46 USD for a used copy of Kollapse!

Damn!

JAV
August 21st 2010



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty much why I haven't bought it.
You can at least get the mp3 album for $10 but I hate the vbr Amazon does.

JAV
May 15th 2011



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needs more love

Relinquished
May 15th 2011



22366 Comments


yeah this is cool shit

Yazz_Flute
May 19th 2011



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what the fuck

Digging: Anekdoten - Vemod

JAV
May 21st 2011



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck the what?

ffs
May 24th 2011



4670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is good, i like venom better though

JAV
May 24th 2011



1883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Venom is definitely a more straight forward record.
They're both pretty great though.

Yazz_Flute
May 24th 2011



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Should bump my rating.

Yazz_Flute
June 4th 2011



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumped it, this rules.

Yazz_Flute
December 22nd 2011



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Triple post.

Needs more love.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

most def

ShousoStrip
December 22nd 2011



574 Comments


mos def



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