Progressive Death Metal
While Colosso describes themselves as “experimental death metal”, there really isn’t anything that struck me as particularly experimental or innovative on their second full length album Abrasive Peace. Nonetheless, this does not mean that there is a lack of quality in the creation of Colosso, as the band will go to show on their second full length release in a short year.
What Colosso has on Abrasive Peace instead leans more towards progressive death metal with some slight technical tendencies, fusing soaring melodic lead guitar lines with brutal, crushing riffs of death metal. Right from the start of Anthem to Chaos, one is treated to a nice myriad of different sounds and influences from different musical styles, and I for one am reminded of the first few experiences with the progressive and technical death metal of bands like Opeth and Obscura, though Colosso‘s style hardly fits into the categories of the aforementioned despite managing to hear influences from each of the bands. This especially so in the drumming of Dirk, who often alternates between more aggressive death metal blasting and a lighter, more jazzy style of drumming. The calm lead guitar the goes on above the chaotic rhythm section also reminded me of my first exposure to albums like Deliverance, further strengthening the Opeth comparison.
The riffing styles of band mastermind Max at times even bring about a slight djent sound, with the erratic yet groovy style and tone of the guitar reminding one of Meshuggah and the sound that they created and later popularised especially on songs like Pattern of Disconnection. While I almost abhor the entire djent genre with its oversaturation with bands that sound similar to each other, it is nice to finally encounter a band that nicely incorporates element of the genre into something that is more wholesome and not a simple rip-off of Meshuggah and their style.
Throughout the album as well there is a somewhat spacey atmosphere, and this enhances the entire experience of Abrasive Peace through helping the band give off a somewhat modern and futuristic vibe. This works extremely well especially with the clean and clear production quality of the album as well.
To be honest though, it is really hard to be really “experimental” in this day and age where almost every territory of the metal genre has been more or less explored. But Colosso has managed to do what they do pretty well, and Abrasive Peace is an enjoyable release.