The Swiss band Colossus Fall are making their first appearance at our site today, but they’re hardly new to the scene, having previously released a 2012 EP (Sempervirens), a 2013 split-vinyl with Gacys Threads, and a 2015 debut album (Hidden Into Details), and having performed more than 100 shows in Europe, supporting such high-profile bands as Agnostic Front, Walls of Jericho, Terror, Neurosis, Clutch, and Nostromo. Now, they have a second album named Earthbeat on the horizon, which is set for release by Tenacity Music on January 25th, and that furnishes the occasion for our premiere of a new song: “Darkness Swirled Around Us“.
With a backbone of hard-hitting metallic hardcore, Colossus Fall bring other ingredients into play, including thrash and sludge. This explosive new track bounces and races, bruises and yet is buoyant. It’s a ticket straight to headbang city, it’s brazenly passionate, and it proves to be highly infectious.
While currents of melody do swirl through “Darkness Swirled Around Us“, the song is predominantly a rhythm-based experience, one that put me in mind of the sorely missed U.S. metalcore band A Life Once Lost. An urgent pulsing riff and a jolting bass-and-drum pattern launch the song, which leads into a hard-charging surge, part barbarous, neck-wrecking gallop and part pile-driving, pavement-splitting demolition job, with riffing that alternates in quick succession between moody (and fiery) fanfare blasts, jittery skittering fretwork, and a reprise of those urgent pulsating notes.
The drumming and bass work are vibrant, ever-changing, and always sharply locked in, devoted to creating a potent rhythmic drive, and the music is produced in a way that brings clarity to the experience, and heavyweight force as well. The vocals — vented in a throat-lacerating howl — add an extra element of fire and fury to the adrenaline rush of these sounds.
Earthbeat, which includes cover art by Tony Midi, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Frédéric Duquesne (Mass Hysteria, Watcha, Eths…) in Paris, France, and it was mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, August Burn Red…) in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s available for pre-order now.