Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: Collapse Under The Empire - Shoulders & Giants


Shoulders & Giants, in plainest terms, is a soundtrack without a movie.  Really, you could see any track off of this album accompanying a scene of some dramatic and/or action scene of a movie.  Instead, however, the listener is treated to a fusion of rock and electronica that, although may not perhaps push the threshold of the genre, is still one hell of an addicting and satisfying album.

Collapse Under The Empire (note the humorous acronym) consistes of the duo, Martin Grimm and Chris Burda, from Hamburg, Germany. Shoulders & Giants is their 3rd release since their formation in 2007 and is actually the first part of a two-part concept album.  The second part, Sacrifice & Isolation, will be released sometime next year.  I was immediately hooked by this album from the get-go. "Shoulders" slowly draws the listener in with some dark guitar riffs, eventually leading into a flowing guitar with a steady beat.  What follows are a conglomerate of songs full of excellently layered and catchy electro-rock.  Album standout, "There's No Sky", really leads the listener through a sweeping explosion of mellow melodies from the keys, while I also really enjoyed the driving intensity of "After the Thaw".  With all the intensity, however, I still felt a constant mellowness throughout.  It is clear that this album definitely has dark undertones, which appear most evident in "Disclosure".  However, I felt a sense of optimism still show through during the interplay between keys and guitar in other songs, like "A Riot of Emotion".

Since hearing this album, I have definitely been going back to listen to it more and more.  To be honest, I would love to see these guys actually compose a soundtrack for a movie in the future.  But, for now I will just keep listening to Shoulders & Giants, and I look forward to the second part next year.

Definitely check it out!

You can buy Shoulders & Giants on iTunes and Amazon.

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