"I was rather astounded to realize just how long Collide have been part of the scene this year. Now an active group for around two decades, they’ve avoided trends as such as simply continued with their own style to great effect, as this new album proves. Their best album in some years, this keeps the quasi-ethereal/industrial/darkwave sound that they perfected long-since, but here it seems to have rather more bite than it has of late. With dense instrumentation, great songs and a heavier take on their sound that sees guitars used as texture as much as the synths to add the extra heft, this is a fascinating album well worth luxuriating in, and those two decades into their career, Collide remain an endlessly enjoyable band."
Thanks to Chain D.L.K. and Steve Mecca for their review of Color of Nothing.
" This is a bigger, bolder and heavier album than they've ever done before"
'Color of Nothing' is Collide's 8th studio album and their first one in six years following 'Counting to Zero' in 2011. That album was a rather downtempo, melancholy affair that although well-executed, largely lacked the fire that they exhibited on 'Two Headed Monster' from 2008. There's fire aplenty though in 'Color of Nothing' and it begins with the aptly titled "Wake Up". If Collide's fans thought they had lost some of their industrial edge previously, I can tell you that it's back in full force now. The harder edge here is provided by the guitars of Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine) and Scott Landes. Statik is still handling programming (electronics, percussion) and kaRIN has never sounded more seductively witchy. Something about the ways her voice was recorded on this album is really different. She is still immediately recognizable but there are places where her vocals are elusive as smoke. Statik incorporates a lot of melodic/rhythmic industrial loops on this album, perhaps more than he's ever used before. Where Collide had once flirted with taking over the mantle of the 90's band Curve (ie; The Secret Meeting - 'Ultrashiver') here on 'Color of Nothing' they do so forcefully and unapologetically. They even invited Dean Garcia back again to play bass on a track ("Fix"). This is a bigger, bolder and heavier album than they've ever done before. Although there's no definitive unified concept here, this is one of those albums that plays best as a whole rather than trying to pick some hit song, of which there isn't really one here. They're all good. Even though it took me a while to really get into 'Color of Nothing' it was worth it, and I think Collide's fans will think so too. It's an album that could only have been put out by a goth-industrial outfit of the calibre of Collide, and was worth the wait. I can only hope they'll feel like touring it.
We've added some new reviews for Color of Nothing. from Electronic North, Polyprisma, Bite Me, and Pop Culture Ate My Monkey.
From Polyprisma: "Color of Nothing is a great album. For me it is the best album of the band. It combines elements that have always been part of Collide. Collide makes things different in nuances, but it is these nuances that make the difference between very good and extraordinary. It is a new and impressive stage of musical development for Collide. "
Check them out here
Today is the day "Color of Nothing" is released! Everyone who pledged through PledgeMusic should be able to get their download. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen.
Things are moving along and we are so excited to be getting closer! Here is a look at the new cover!
We decided to call it Color of Nothing.
Mixing is now done and we are in the mastering stage!! We are on target for a May 25th release!!!
We are a completely self funded band and thanks to everyone that has pledged so far...this album has been made possible because of you!! We are eternally grateful!
It is not too late to be part of this release...you can still pre-order and get the music as soon as it is released and lots of other cool things. Also, there is still a week to get your name printed in the album liner notes. Please help to support Independent Music.
Please continue to spread the word, we still need all the help we can get.
We hope you like it! Thanks so much to JSR Photo’s for the photography. Thanks to Sarah Cavender Metalworks for the mesh cuff.
Much love from the people that bring you Collide,�
kaRIN & Statik
Okay you super wonderful people…with your help we did it!!!
We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you for wanting to be part of our musical journey!!
To us making music is like our own personal art piece, and each detail and every sound is important. It is our labor of love and requires hundreds and hundreds of hours of time to make something that we are happy enough to let go of.
The fact that we have now made this goal will now help us pay for the album expenses, and tells us that people still do care enough about our music to be supportive, which means everything to us!
Currently, we are just beginning the mixing stage which should take a couple of weeks, after which time we will get the album mastered. We are still working on album artwork, and deciding on a title for the album. Hopefully that will be revealed in one of our next updates =). There are 11 songs, we can tell you that!!
Until next time, we can’t wait to share it with you!
Please continue to help us get the word out there…it’s not over until the album is done and we appreciate all of the support that we can get!! (Until the album is finished, everyone is still able to pledge to see any of our past updates, and get any of the items in our PledgeMusic store, including downloads, T-Shirts, and getting your name or picture on the artwork. )
Okay back to mixing now.
kaRIN & Statik
We're excited to announce that we're launching a new PledgeMusic campaign for our new album.
In the coming months, on our PledgeMusic site, we'll be posting news, and exclusive behind the scenes videos of what goes into finish the album. On the site, you can pledge to see all of that, and receive a download of the album when it is finished. Of course there are lots of other special items there, so check it out.
We are hoping for a May 2017 release. We didn't want to say too much about it, until we were a little closer to being finished, but we are in the final stages. We just have to finish vocals and a couple of songs, and then we will be working on artwork and mixing.