This Great Collapse article was written by William Stevenson, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Great Collapse are relatively new kids on the block, but by no means are they new to the music scene. The band is a super group, comprised of members from Strike Anywhere, Set Your Goals, Rise Against and Death By Stereo. Unlike most super groups however, this isn’t a desperate attempt at making money; this is honest music by honest musicians who enjoy playing their chosen genre.
‘Holy War’ is the debut album from Great Collapse, following on from their self-produced EP ‘Elemental’ in 2014. Opening track ‘New Abolition’ kicks off with an all too familiar riffing style and vocal combo, but that’s not to say this tried and tested formula is a bad thing; this is punk you can get involved with, and pretty great punk at that.
What does make the band and indeed the album stand out though is the lyrical content. ‘Holy War’ is a very concept driven experience, which touches on subjects such as social wars and the downfall of society. This is typified in third track ‘Break In Case Of Emergency,’ where the listener is greeted with a sing along line “Nineteen Seventies were made in Hong Kong” which is repeated several times throughout the song to ensure its importance is not lost.
There is a real change of pace by the time we get to the fifth track, ‘The World Between,’ where the band slows down considerably, and you are treated to a much more melodic vocal driven track, which would sound truly epic played live.
Directly after this track the pace picks back up again, with a short but sweet song called ‘Dawn Stations,’ which is a barrage of riffs and aggressive vocals. The next big standout track on an album full of bold songs, is entitled ‘Generation In Crosshairs.’ It stands out due to its powerful lyrics and its energy, which couples the aggressive nature and the sing along moments this band have proven that, thus far, they are capable of doing flawlessly. The album closer ‘One Year’ brings things back to how the album kicked off, but with a few extra aggressive moments for good measure.
Throughout the album there’s a lot of influence from golden punk oldies such as Bad Religion, NOFX, Anti-Flag and Rancid, but somehow amidst all this there is still some personality of their own which in time, if given the correct care and attention, could bring about a sound of their own and maybe Great Collapse will become a household name – just like the bands that seem to influence them.
Whether you want lyrics to inspire and relate to, or just want hook-laden punk, then this album covers it all without being too much of a carbon copy of bands of old.
‘Holy War’ is out now via End Hit Records.