V.2.1.7 by Colossal Spin (Review)

Integrates industrial elements into a high voltage, easily recognizable Seattle modern rock sound.
V.2.1.7 - Colossal Spin

Although this CD was released back in 1996, it hasn’t recieved much exposure since then. After I heard “Stone” on Escape the Furance late last year, I knew that I wanted to hear more from this band and I certainly was not disappointed.

Colossal Spin conservatively integrates industrial elements into a high voltage, easily recognizable Seattle modern rock sound. However, the quality of the singing is superb and the style varies so much that the band breaks the typical Pearl Jam/Nirvana grunge rock mold.

The song structure that Colossal Spin usually uses goes like this: First, light techno beats or ambient synth work starts things off. Second, goth whispers or deep speaking enter the picture along with a layer of subdued guitar strumming. Third, hard guitars and a fervent shout explode to open the chorus. Fourth, the vocals naturally shift to abrasive or melodic singing while the hard guitars continue to belt out chords. Fifth, after the chorus ends, there is a pause from the guitars while synth work conspicuously reappears. Sixth, follow steps one to five once again and then end the song with more synth work.

Industrial fans should be aware that although the electro programing is well-done, it only pops up intermittently and never takes centre stage away from the vocals and guitars. Another caveat is the length of the CD. Three of the seven songs (“Stone,” “Circle,” and “Vein”) repeat as slightly-modified remixes. While, some listeners might not want to hear the same songs over again, I thought they were done well so I didn’t mind all that much. If you’re into high adrenaline, pulse-racing industrial rock, give this CD a colossal spin.

Written by Richard Maaranen.

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