Collide
Counting to Zero


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
October 28th, 2011 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Collide have finally released an album that matches their abilities.

Collide haven’t made a noticeably excellent album in quite some time. In fact, ever since their album, Chasing The Ghost, they’ve been chasing the ghost of their former greatness, always attempting, but never succeeding. This has resulted in two forgettable albums (Two Headed Monster and Some Kind of Strange), and a whole lot of wasted time – eleven long years, to be exact. However, as if in answer to our disgruntlement, Collide have created something they have always been capable of. I guarantee you that no one saw this coming considering the dismalness of their previous album. Counting To Zero shows a veteran band starting over, returning to original form. Nothing is more welcome than this. For an album that is completely dedicated to their fans, they have definitely given them something to cherish.

Counting To Zero is an elegant combination of new ideas combined with the power of old, and it’s absolutely stunning. Every twist and turn pleases, as KaRIN’s tempting vocals writhe snake-like through the lush industrial/electronic garden. The spotlight is indeed on the female singer, for the electronic aspect isn’t as suffocating as old. The atmosphere is certainly expansive, but they do not try particularly hard at filling every single nook and cranny. It is their sexiest, classiest album, with the vocalist as her usual seductress self, and the music as a means to embody her emotions. It often feels like an olden club with KaRIN as the showgirl, while a horde of smoking, hat-wearing men smile and whistle in their wooden seats.

The perfect soundtrack to a walk through a haunted house, Counting To Zero makes no compromises. The atmosphere is a creepy one, and this time it actually gives the spooks. “Lucky 13 comes around” are the opening lyrics, as the message sinks in from the singer’s dark, sinister voice inflections. A tingle runs down the spine, but the listening must continue, for it takes you to the edge of your fears, and firmly grips you there. The music isn’t necessarily cacophonous, but KaRIN’s horror queen attitude mingled with ghostly, subliminal industrial whispers are certainly enough to exude bumps in the night.

Collide have always been in the background, creating their music and not expecting much attention. With this album, however, their voice is truly heard. They deserve legitimate attention for creating such an excellent album, and who knows, perhaps it will give them the applause they deserve. It would be in your best interest to expose yourself to Counting To Zero.



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pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm still reviewing! :] Thoughts?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2011


50695 Comments


Pizzamachine for contributor


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pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bro

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2011


16573 Comments


It's always funny to watch the huge influx of reviews right after a promotion wave. It's a good thing though, gets people's juices flowing to prep for any possible round 2's.

Good review my man. Pos.

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pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not gonna lie, the promotions have definitely inspired me haha, thanks.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2011


50695 Comments


I'm inspired as well

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2011


7423 Comments


Hmm. Tempting. Great review!

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pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Trebor17: to do more than one review?

@ greg84: Tempting is the word!

Tyrael
October 28th 2011


20930 Comments


MAKE THIS MAN A CONTRIB FFS

Ovrot
October 28th 2011


10514 Comments


Pizzamachine for contributor [2]

also

YES! A PIZZAMACHINE SUPREME PARTICLE COLLISION THAT DRASTICALLY ALTERS THE INTERNAL WORKINGS OF A FAILING IRON GOLEM REVIEW!

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pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LOL! How do you come up with these?

Blindsided
October 28th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review guy.

pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks person.

LG
October 28th 2011


3049 Comments


I dont like you

pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

?

At least give an explanation friend.

Willie
Moderator
October 28th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really? This doesn't suck? I had written them off after Two Headed Monster. Also, their debut album is Beneath the Skin.

pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Honestly, it's pretty good! Dunno if I can convince you to check it out though. : ) Also, fixed.

Willie
Moderator
October 28th 2011


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll support these guys one more time, I guess (unless it's good, of course)

scissorlocked
October 28th 2011


3511 Comments


solid review man

maybe I'll give this a try

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pizzamachine
October 28th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here's the song 'Lucky 13': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS9fQzSKPdA&feature=related



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