'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.
Posted by Steve Mecca
Collide categorise their music as being a mix of mix of Darkwave, Ethereal, and Industrial; occasionally tough beats and sometimes crunching guitars combine with the sweetest vocals, all washing over the listener in waves of euphoria and emotion. Wake Up exemplifies the bands approach and sound, confecting an unholy but rather majestic trinity of Skinny Puppy, Goldfrapp and NIN to make something very new.
Here is the full review translated (with google) into English:
I can hardly believe it, but Bent & Broken is actually almost seven years ago. Seven years, in which the music of kaRIN and statics always ran with me again and again. But new material was not there and so Collide got something out of my focus. If I had been asked, I could not say with certainty whether the band still exists. See you tonight. A friend told me why I had not said anything to Color of Nothing, the new one of Collide. Like right now? New album by Collide?
Of course, the hope to get this time from the US to be sampled itself for us rather illusory. But what do you have a coffee cup for? They are looted and bought the album. I mean hello? We talk about Collide? What can go wrong? I'm still a bit nervous. Was it a good idea to buy the album blindly? Have kaRIN and statics ever developed musically? Or is Color of Nothing just a best of?
Color of Nothing
From the first bars is clear to me: This is not a best of. The sixth album of the duo from Los Angeles convinces. The album has exactly the "Wow factor", where the mouth simply remains open. The fascinating, charming and mysterious voice of kaRIN gives the music exactly the touch, which distinguishes the music of Collide. The instrumentation is unusually rough and angular. Some songs are reminiscent of the style of the Nine Inch Nails, which gives the music a great and unusual drive.
The atmosphere of Color of Nothing is quite different from that of Bent & Broken. Each song has a different character, its own aura. Sometimes, the music seems cuddling, sometimes disturbing dissonant. Nevertheless, all the songs have this mysterious charisma, which has always been the hallmark of Collide. Aesthetic, dreamy, enchanting and incredibly great are terms that go through my head for this album.
Yes lick me at the ass is the cool
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. There is no sound for me on this album.
Rarely fascinated and inspired me an album on so many levels. I can not point to this or that one detail and say "THAT is really cool!" There are so many little things. It's the whole thing that convinces me. Whether it is the change between different moods, the sometimes subtle, sometimes dominant instrumentation. Or the sometimes direct, sometimes ambiguous texts. Or the tempo change. Or the wonderfully processed rock elements. Or even with her almost alien voice.
Two things still bother me on this album. On the one hand: Collide obviously do not have a promoter or distribution partner, who cares about Germany. On the other hand - and this is directly related to the aforementioned problem - is the album in Germany exclusively as a download to get. If you want to have a CD, you have to import it from US for US $ 12.83. But apart from that, Color Of Nothing is a real black gem of electronic rock music.
I’ve always admired the esteemed and unclassifiable outlet that is Collide, and I can honestly say Color of Nothing is by far their best release to date. Rooted in dark wave, electronic at its core, Collide’s overall sound is distinct and uniquely its own.
Made possible by Pledge Music, Color of Nothing is the dynamic duo’s sixth release and they created something that is musically profound. Hypnotic, atmospheric, and majestically epic each song is a piece of the greater whole, building on what has come previously to create a seamless aesthetic movement. Intricate and full of many layers, the album seduced me before the end of the second track and my attention was immediately drawn into its contemplative and passionate world, which is lavishly illustrated by Statik’s amazing mixing and sound design and kaRIN’s spell binding ethereal vocals.
It’s rare that I find an album I love so much but Color of Nothing delivers on all accounts. It’s delightfully delicious from beginning to end and I found myself hitting repeat over and over again. Do yourself a favor and purchase this majestic piece of art. You won’t regret it. - NIN
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The Monkey isn’t a music journalist. I’m just a middle-aged guy small furry mammal who makes his living (well, used to. Sort of) talking about film. But I do have ears, and music often fills those ears. So, I guess in a kind of nonprofessional, subjective sort of way I’m a music suggester. And today I’d like to talk to you about one of my favorite bands, Collide. After a six-year wait, they’ve just come out with a new studio album called The Color of Nothing. If you’ve never heard of them before, how does The Monkey even talk to you about it? I mean it’s a lot like trying to explain what opposable thumbs are to marmoset’s, and believe me you don’t want to have that conversation.
Statik and kaRIN, the duo that make up the band, have been producing sonic world’s that defy neat labels for twenty-five years, and I’ve been listening to them almost from their start (Holy crap, I’m old). Much like The Monkey’s often called everything from a dilettante to a shiftless malcontent over the years, they’re classified as industrial, goth, and darkwave, and they are all that and more. They are kind of like a musical Large Hadron Collider smashing together genre’s and producing something never observed by humans before. Yes, if you like Ego Likeness, Android Lust, or I: Scintilla it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll devour Statik’s landscapes of noise, and the seductive siren voice of kaRIN with the wild abandon of The Monkey at a Chiquita factory. But that doesn’t do justice to the unique sound of Collide either. You don’t listen to a Collide album, you experience it. And The Color of Nothing is an experience worth the six-year wait.
From its deeply layered opening track Wake Up, to the hypnotic closing track Pale Blue, The Color of Nothing is eleven tracks of rapturous, swelling, slightly sinister, poetic compositions. It’s like the sound of eleven unmade short David Lynch films. It’s that strange, and mesmerizing, except you won’t feel like an idiot if you don’t ‘get it’. If it hasn’t become clear already, The Monkey Loves Collide (and probably has a schoolboy crUSH on kaRIN). I also urge you, dear readers, to head on over to your music streamer of choice and give it a listen. Better yet buy a few copies so they can continue to make great music for years to come.