With their unorthodox song structures and technically challenging riffs across ever-shifting time signatures, Collision Process are clearly unafraid to push music into territories rarely entered or explored by more established bands. Bearing the technical wizardry of bands such as Dream Theater and Meshuggah, they bear a striking ability for song-craft, a capacity that a lot of musicians who are technically proficient sadly lack.
‘Sleep Now Forever’ opens the EP with a blast of technical and dynamic riffs and a compelling vocal performance, the balance between the hefty and the harmonious making for an impressive opening track. This balance continues into ‘Revelations’, the variations in the riffs and grooves shifting the feel of the EP in a new direction. Dan’s melodic bass-lines provide many a tasty touch, Dave’s drumming is both relentless and intricate with some subtle work in his fills. ‘Breaking Point’ again changes the aesthetic and shifts the EP up a notch with killer thrash riffs and a head-banging groove, the only downside to the track being the relatively clean passages. The clean vocals are too generic to be considered unique and, given the weight of the track, unnecessary as the heavy vocals dominate and overshadow the melodic vibrato. Along with a poorly executed guitar melody played over the clean guitar intro passage to ‘Divide, it proves to be the weakest point across the EP. After the frustratingly disappointing opening to ‘Divide’, Collision Process quickly return to what they do best, that of technical riffage, impressive hooks, and massive grooves accompanied by an equally fierce vocal. And curiously, for the coda comes a revamped version of the intro that is vastly improved by the complexity of the added layers.
The performances are second to none, as is Dan’s production. Having heard the band whilst they were seeking a vocalist, it was as clear then as it is now that instrumentally and musically, Collision Process have very little to worry about. Matt and Jon’s tight guitar work provide a ferocious front for Dan and Dave’s firm and meticulous foundations. And vocalist Adam is astounding, his vocal-work complimenting the fine musicianship and equally fine song-writing. If this EP is any indication of what to expect from an album from these guys, it should turn more than a few heads.
Review by Jason Guest
12th Dec 2011
1) Sleep Now Forever
3) Breaking Point
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"Bearing the technical wizardry of bands such as Dream Theater and Meshuggah, they bear a striking ability for song-craft, a capacity that a lot of musicians who are technically proficient sadly lack."