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Collapse The Sky – White Flags

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White Flags
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 16 April 2022, 4:27 AM

Once again, the EPK came to me with no bio sheet. The Metal Archives also had no entry on this “Modern Metal” band, so we will have to let the music do the talking here. Their newest album, “White Flags,” contains eleven songs. “Foundations” leads off the album. Beginning with ominous tones, it segues into a weighted riff with some heavy bottom end. Chugging away, harsh vocals come in with deadly brutality. The relentless sound is both deeply dark and uninviting. “Breathe” is a shorter song with no less punishment. Thick bass notes occupy the opening verse, and the vocals are reminiscent of the “Nu Metal” sound that has been around now for a while. The eerie background elements provide some diversity in their sound.

“Worship” is another short song fueled with energy from the vocals. The riffs could use some updating in terms of their simplicity, but the guitar solo is on point. “White Flags” is another song that doesn’t use inventive riffing for the most part. A good vocalist can only go so far, and they have one, but those riffs are old. “Survive” is a bit longer but begins with many of the same elements as other tracks. Those leads mixed in with thunderous drumming bring some more diversity to the table, but the song rests on too many overly used formulas.

“Dream Catcher” also begins with more cliché riffs but some interesting background ambiance. Slow down for a bit and let that atmosphere shine I say. But it’s washed away once again with too many open notes and harsh vocals. “Get What You Give” is yet another brutal song that rests on the familiar. Too many newer bands in the genre do this presumably as a safe way to enter the Metal world. Take some more chances. “After Effect” is really the first original song on the album, but the rapped cadence of the vocals has been done many times before as have the riffs.

“Blessing” is another elementary song and this is getting old quickly. “Who I Am” is the ninth song on the album and besides the eerie leads it doesn’t present anything new or overly interesting. “Let it In” closes the album. Finally, a sound all their own, but it’s too little, too late I’m afraid. They take some chances with this song, and even know the riffs are simple, they manage to milk them for all there are worth. The clean vocals allow the band to explore a different side of themselves.

It’s not a bad album, but it needs updating to be relevant in today’s musical scene. Nu Metal has now been around for over 20 years, and like the Melodic Death Metal genre, it is quickly becoming saturated with thousands of bands who cling to moldy formulas and outdated elements. My advice for the band is to try something a little different and inject more of your personality into your music…you would be surprised where it could take you.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 5
Memorability: 3
Production: 8

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Foundations
2. Breathe
3. Worship
4. White Flags
5. Survive
6. Dream Catcher
7. Get What You Give
8. After Effect
9. Blessing
10. Who I Am
11. Let It In
Lineup:
Unknown
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 07 July 2022
 

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