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Gothtronic review

Gothtronic review

Gothtronic, an online 'zine in the Netherlands is a great source for online music news, and it's not just because they really liked Two Headed Monster.

After the adventures in the side-project The Secret meeting with Dean Garcia (Curve), Collide is now back with a new album named Two Headed Monster. Each album of the darkwave rock band Collide is musically a strong album. That quality can also be found on Two Headed Monster. Like no other Collide manages to merge influences into their own unique sound, in which elements from triphop, gothicrock, industrial and metal are combined.

Collide is a band that really can be labeled as a band that defies genre borders. Singer kaRIN delivers her sensual vocals to the music due to which, next to the dark atmosphere, it gets a romantic touch. Collide knows like no other how to translate the traditional mystery of gothic to a modern state-of-the-art electrorock sound. The arrangements, programming and songs produced by Statik are mostly well done and of course the sound is flawless. We don’t expect anything else from Statik given his experience as producer.

Highlights on this new Collide studio album, which gets released five years after the previous album Some Kind of Strange, are a.o. the uptempo song ‘Chaotic’, immediately followed by the playful sounding song ‘A Little Too Much’, which next to an infectious guitar sound, also flirts with pop music which makes it a very radio friendly tune. The song ‘Pure Bliss’ represents the hypnotic touch in the Collide sound, which most probably finds its roots in the psychedelic music from the 60s and 70s. ‘Spaces in Between’ transports the Collide sound towards the dance floor of the industrial clubs.

The energy, accessibility and danceability in most of the tracks on the first half of the Two Headed Monster album is the most striking change compared to the more ethereal work on the previous album. The song ‘Silently Creeping’ however is the exception that sets the rule as this slowly compelling track with low-pitched guitar which almost sounds like a metal type of guitar, really grabs the listener by the throat. ‘Head Spin’ is next and this is the kind of swirly swinging tune with pop sensibilities you can find more in the oeuvre of Collide, of which the contrast with the previous track couldn’t be much bigger.

Title track ‘Two Headed Monster’ combines a triphop rhythm with the grandeur of a symphony orchestra. In ‘Shifting’ almost the same majestic touch is combined with a dark atmosphere in an almost soundtrack like track. The album is closed with the dreamy song ‘Utopia’. Again it can be noticed that KaRIN’s voice is a strong asset to this new album. Collide obviously has been undergoing a remarkable musical growth and have found new musical grounds due to their collaboration with Dean Garcia (Curve) and again this really comes forward in their new album Two Headed Monster. Two Headed Monster is without doubt the best album Collide has made so far.

 

Goatsden Review

Goatsden Review

Todd from the Goatsden sent us this review. Hey, we know it's not exactly Rolling Stone, or Spin...wait..are those magazine around anymore?? We don't know, they just seem to ignore our cds that we send to them. Anyway...Todd from the Goatsden likes Two Headed Monster. Goats love it. Statik's turtles love it. Why not get your own copy now??"

"Two Headed Monster is Collide's best work thus far, and any follower of dark and stylish modern rock should investigate now!"-Goatsden

Litany review +Tear Garden news

Litany review +Tear Garden news

Corey from Litany (the Skinny Puppy news site) sent us this review he put up recently. Besides the review, you'll find some news on the upcoming Tear Garden release. Thanks again to Cory for helping us out.

"...The electronic and live instrumentation on this album mesh with kaRIN's ethereal voice to form a sound that includes dashes of industrial, goth, glam, and shoegaze yet is altogether new."

keep reading for the full review

Zeitgeist Review

Zeitgeist Review

We've posted another great review that's come in from the U.K., this one from the Zeitgeist site. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks goes out to Stuart A. Hamilton.

..."It's another fabulous extravaganza in the history of Collide, by far the best darkwave / electro-goth / insert appropriate genre here release of the year, and one of the best albums of the year in any genre you're likely to hear. Go get it now."

The Machinist review (Belarus)

The Machinist review (Belarus)

Review #3 for Two Headed Monster is in from vAlien/DJ Commando LABELLA. Val is from Belarus and was kind enough to translate it into English for us, as our Russian is a bit rusty.

His English translation of the review can be found on our reviews page. The original review is in Russian and can be viewed here.

"...this is the most diverse, multi-layer, mature, hard, and complex record of (Collide). Shatteringly beautiful album!" -DJ Commando LABELLA

Fazer Two Headed Monster review

Fazer Two Headed Monster review

Another review for Two Headed Monster is in. Check it out here, at Fazer Magazine.

Thanks Mike Bax

Here's a little excerpt

...a totally unique listening experience. If you’re willing to jump on for the ride, Two Headed Monster will take you places most commercial releases cannot - and that’s right into the minds of it’s two creators. Another thought: Collide are not a band you want to rip into your computer at 128 bits and expect great things from. Two Headed Monster is headphone music of the highest order. Don’t sell yourself sort and accept truncated computer files as a means of playing the CD. Collide is some heady stuff - so treat it as such.

Interviews/Podcasts for The Secret Meeting

Interviews/Podcasts for The Secret Meeting

Alterati Interview

Read it here... or listen to it here on The G Spot...-- Thanks to Wes

Remix Contest

We are just now going through all the remixes that were sent in for the upcoming release of 'Shooting Laser Beams'. Thanks so much to all the remixers involved for taking your time, effort and passion to do a remix for us.!!! We love hearing all the different versions. We will be going through and making an announcement when we can, however just to let you know it will still be a little while before the single will be released.

Radio Stations

We just sent a big mailing of 'Ultrashiver' out to 250 College Stations, so most stations should have the CD and some might even play it =).

Please do us a favor call your favorite radio station and request it. Let them know you want them to play it...every bit helps really.

Hidden Sanctuary

Thanks to the people behind the scenes...like Mike V of Hidden Sanctuary who spends his time and enegy to help expose underground music purely for the love of music. Thanks Mike it means a lot to all of us...go listen to the station...there are many great artists to discover....tell Mike we said hi.

The Music World Today

So now if you really have bothered to read this far...your probably thinking wow...they must be,selling tons of CDs...well the answer is not good. Seems like people are not bothering to buy CDs much any more...the whole industry is changing....look around at the schools... art and music is going away. It's starting to feel a little dismal...if we do not find a way to speak up and help suport art and music it will become a thing of the past. It will become increasingly impossible for us, or any other artist to continue and pay all the expenses involved in releasing music. Also, support those people, magazines, clubs and radio stations and websites who do the hard work to expose underground music. If you enjoy an artists music, any artist and you have been able to enjoy it for free...find a way to give back. If this has meaning to you in our case...you can buy something...anything here...a t-shirt...a poster...a sticker even.

Secret Reviews

Secret Reviews

You know... when you are making an album... locked in your studio for a year or so...pouring all your passion into it and basically giving it all you have and not letting it go until you feel that it is the best that you can possibly make it....then there is the moment when you finally let it go ...of wondering what others will think.

Thanks to everyone who has left messages on the The Secret Meeting MySpace etc. It always means a lot to us to hear from you.

Here are the first of the reviews coming in for The Secret Meeting. Our thanks and appreciation to the reviewers involved who took their time and energy to listen to the album and write their thoughts.

New review of Vortex

New review of Vortex

Thanks to Steven Hurst at Glasswerk.co.uk we have a new review of Vortex. " NIN’s affiliate Charlie Clauser has the honour of presenting the first remix of Euphoria that is nothing but a work of rock genius. The first couple of minutes build and build until you are thrown into a void of guitar ecstasy. And this quality is pretty much maintained throughout the first CD. There are a few covers of note as well – But the non-remix highlight has to be ‘Predator’ which is a gothic masterpiece..." Read more here.

KSCU features Collide

KSCU features Collide

Tonight from 9-9:45pm feel free to tune in over the internet. Here is a review from the station as well. Thanks E.O.

kaRIN & Statik are back with their new release, which was 3 years in the making. Well worth the wait, too. Collide's music just keeps getting more and more intricate and intense. Layer upon layer of sound mixes with kaRIN's voice, which always sends chills down my spine when I hear it. She has got to have one of the sexiest voices I have ever heard. Add the incredible production by Statik, and you have one of the most distinctive sounding releases so far this year. Some stellar guest stars on this new CD as well, including cEvin Key from Skinny Puppy, and Danny Carey from Tool.

Slug Magazine reviews "Chasing the Ghost"

Slug Magazine reviews "Chasing the Ghost"

kaRIN & Statik return with their own record label, after remaining silent for the past few years. It is a deeply introspective album and a slight change of musical direction. Those of you familiar with their previous efforts, "Beneath the Skin" and "Distort," need not fear because Collide is just as layered and well orchestrated--they just pulled back the noise, allowing for more focus on the vocals and lyrics. The only drawback the album may carry is that none of the tracks scream out to be club hits, with a massive sing-a-long chorus, but since when was that a drawback? If you even remotely like bands with female vocals against distorted electronics or intelligently constructed sound-scapes with honest lyrics this album will not disappoint.