Collapsar Collapsar

Yet another entry in the instrumental-calculus-core sweeps, Louisiana’s Collapsar turn out to be more metal than the Fucking Champs, less jazzy than Dysrhythmia, and all Escape Artist-ic, as their densely packed album is well-suited for the label that first brought Burn It Down, Keelhaul, and Time In Malta. After the break-up of technical/doom victims Icepick Revival, guitarist Stephen Sheppert and drummer Brett Judice befriended guitarist David Graeff to play arithmetic-derived prog-metal. The technical trio hits the nitro accelerator on "Death’s Other Dominion,” a somewhat spacey cross between Dysrhythmia and Meshuggah with some screaming Death Angel-like solos from Graeff. The breaks in "Uno” are very similar to King Crimson’s "Indiscipline” with the quieter, noodley sections sounding like Bayou kin Spickle. Even without its robotic vocoder effects, "Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla” shoots laser-precise riffage at near relativistic velocities like Rush on crank, while "Pray To Thor” plies a near-impenetrable wall of sinewy chords like the Fucking Champs at 78 rpm, until reaching a lofty plateau of guitar synth work at the coda. "King Kong Died for Your Sins” features chromatic runs and Death/Control Denied-like polyrhythms, and the brief "Sleep Robot” offers an electronic breather as a techno-ambient abeyance of Collapsar’s metal vortex. The nine-minute "Opus 1” is much more organic, allowing each musician to stretch out with his instrument in some Symphony X or Cosmosquad-like suites, and "Robot Wins” is more random noise that closes the album on an unsettled note. By nature of such a sophisticated subgenre, Collapsar will surely win multitudinous critical successes, but without any lyrics to grasp, some metal fans will be left to scratch their heads at the band’s blatant un-moshable and non-user-friendly technicality. (Escape Artist)