Album Review: Karhide – Colossus EP
Length: 17 minutes
Genre: Post rock/metal/electronic
Previous releases: Acadia 2010, Rough Sleep EP 2013, Remember Remember EP 2013, two splits
Location: Southampton, UK
Recommended for fans of: Pelican, Jesu, Mogwai, Russian Circles, Mono
Description: A while ago we reviewed one man project Karhide’s previous release and I loved it, it certainly left me wanting more. I didn’t have to wait long; all of a sudden another Karhide promo turned up! I have to say, this EP was a nice surprise. It’s just as good, if not better than the last one. Its heavier and faster nature will most likely be more appealing to other metalheads as well.
The man behind the music, Tim Waterfield, is not only a seasoned electronic artist and an excellent composer, he is also running the label Field Records, supporting other great acts in electronica, math- and post rock. For this release Mr Waterfield is accompanied by the drummer Alex Rainbow (from Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster, another fantastic band worth checking out) The title of the EP, ‘Colossus’, evokes images of epic grandeur and heavy muscle, which is quite fitting for these four tracks. What strikes me the most is the unexpected, vigorous energy in the songs, coming at you with full force and never losing momentum during the entire length of the EP. It’s not aggressive or evil, but darkly foreboding and crushing in an electronic kind of way. When you hear it, you will know what I mean.
Mixed up in this rocking, spacey music are a number of odd sounds and details from a wide range of influences. You get to enjoy sludgy winding guitars, atmospheric and doomy electronic noises, a lovely dark and almost gothic sounding piano, keyboards that could have been taken directly from a movie soundtrack and furious metallic riffs. Always with a strong presence of ever-changing pounding drum beats and a gentle addition of trippy blip-blops in the background. When the last track starts playing everything slows down with a chilled out melody that builds up wonderfully and ends the album in the most relaxing way.
Karhide’s ‘Colossus’ is a fun and cohesive collection of nicely textured songs, easy to get into and equally difficult to find your way out of. Thank god for the repeat button.