Hey Colossus Happy Birthday

On latest opus Happy Birthday, Hey Colossus become even more harried and spacey. Thankfully, the band’s out-there mentality comes across as more mad scientist than stoned hippy. The majority of Happy Birthday is static-infused chaos featuring pounding dirges that allude to the early days of hardcore but are far more comfortable wallowing in the murky soup of apocalyptic doom metal. Occasionally, subtle influxes of psychedelia creep in to create a mind-numbing experience akin to the more abrasive artistic elements of Sonic Youth, Can’s oddball leanings and Hawkwind’s experimental drive. Round all that out with Eyehategod’s relentless dirge and Melvins’ freakishness and Happy Birthday is equal parts entertaining and confusing. (Weewerk)