Four-piece Melbourne export “Collegians” dole out darkness in their energetic single, “Black Mass.”
Anarchic anthem for a dystopian, nocturnal society, “Black Mass” breathes life into dark industrial music.
It’s Garbage’s “Cherry Lips” on speed; spaced out in a blitzed back alley; manic, gloomy and satisfyingly frustrating.
Believe in not much at all…
A live wire zaps us into motion, animates us. Brings to mind a dismal futuristic cityscape. Movingly dreary, this song would pump out of speakers on every street corner – anthemic and low-key threatening. Compliance would hardly be optional.
Drums pound a wonky 4-on-the-floor rhythm throughout. Zombified idolaters march through the dilapidated doors of their temple.
A sermon is in session.
An angry, pulsating bass breathes down your spine – humming menacingly underfoot. Deep, dark, misanthropic synths collude with an agonizing singer. Empty space swallows reverberating drums and spits back rhythm. A thrill, a ceremony…
Midway through, the tension yields momentarily to a stunningly melodic break. The vocals echo hope for escape, a sight of sky through the smog. My favorite moment in the track; the minimalist melodic coupling between vocals and brooding bass is perfect. This brief vision eroded, we plunge back into darkness and the end of the song.
It’s a black mass that we’re part of…
“Black Mass” is a beautiful blend of the electronic and the analogue.
Etchings of Marilyn Manson influence color the lyrics and the singer, Glen Patrick’s inflection. His raspy, harsh yet knowingly restrained singing elevates a well thought out track to new levels and the atmosphere benefits immensely.
“Black Mass” is sinister, but charmingly so. The song delivers its gritty, grim sermon with mechanical precision, yet makes no sacrifices as regards fluidity, melody and cohesion.
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