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Album Review: Collapse The Sky - 'White Flags'

Rising Norwich metal heavyweights Collapse The Sky release theatric ear-splitting full-release White Flags.



Many bands within the metal scene want to make a stand-out impression, and Norwich's metal band Collapse The Sky has made one with their intense and energetic album release White Flags.

“Let It In"embraces all instrumental and lyrical intricacies we have experienced at this point and tastefully includes it all in one sitting. One of the best displays of celestial overtones with bellicose heaviness, "Let It In," ends White Flags on a confident note.”

Strength is painted within each of the tracks on White Flags. This is not surprising since their 2016 inception, where the band proved their worth with the release debut album, Seven Eyes, and the 2018 sophomore album, Consumed.

Starting with a five-minute-long experience, "Foundations," beautiful theatric abundance advances the track forward into a pulverizing metallic fantasy of killer guitar riffs, skilled vocal work, and enormously talented percussive musicianship. "Foundations" not only shows what Collapse the Sky is about from a creative and technical standpoint, but it also prepares the listener for what is to come for the rest of the record.

Another great moment on the album is "Breathe." Coming straight after the energetic high of "Foundations," "Breathe" spares no expense in keeping that high-octane momentum going. But the fury is finally unleashed when we reach "White Flags." The unrelenting chaos cadence that rips back and forth between the vocals, guitars, and the drums within this track speaks volumes, as it is one of the best songs on the record.

"Dreamcatcher" stands out as a unique gem simply on its percussive technicality alone. With operatic overtones that quickly dive into a mix of combative guitar strings, overloaded drums, and individual cymbal arrangments, it's another experience on this album that many will come back to.

The album gorgeously ends with the euphorically-charged track "Let It In." A welcomed change after hearing no shortage of wielding rapacious instrumental energies for the past few songs up to this point, "Let It In"embraces all instrumental and lyrical intricacies we have experienced at this point and tastefully includes it all in one sitting. One of the best displays of celestial overtones with bellicose heaviness, "Let It In," ends White Flags on a confident note.

White Flags shows Collapse The Sky maturing and strengthing their sound with this release. Engulfing us with a myriad of atmospheric instrumental textures, poignant lyricism on military conflict and internal conflicts with mental health, with intense instrumental energy throughout, White Flag is a positive start for the year for the Norwich-based heavyweights.



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