A Special mention to Brandon who conducted this Youtube review of “For the Greater Good”! Cheers Mate!
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COLONEL BLAST – CACK BLABBATH REVIEW
The rock and metal scene in the UK is in excellent shape, possibly the best it has been in for a decade. In almost all genres there are unbelievably good bands gradually working their way into the public consciousness, and for almost any type of rock music you would care to mention there is a new band ready to step up and blow you away.
One such band is Colonel Blast. These guys have taken their metal / hardcore sound, honed in ferocious live shows, and have now captured on record the full intensity of the Blast . Although they are compared to the likes of Converge or Carcass that doesn’t really describe what you get as this band do not really fit into any one genre or style. You want Hardcore, they give you thrashing hardcore. You want Death Metal or Grindcore influences, they give you that. It’s safe to say Colonel Blast have unique sonic identity and take all the best bits of what has gone before and mix it into something just a bit special.
It is this variation in style that sets Colonel Blast apart from most other bands in this genre. They are more than capable of playing face-meltingly fast and heavy tunes, but more than that there is an intelligence to their music which means it is never dull or labored. This band have an ability to play with a crushing intensity one moment, but to temper this with more melodic interludes the next.
The album opens with some fairly predictable mellow guitar work before all hell breaks loose. This first track, Ethical Betrayal, and indeed the whole album has an amazing energy about it and it almost feels like a live recording with the power and the fury captured for posterity.
The centerpiece of the album is the two part ‘For the Greater Good’. These tracks mix fast heavy and slow heavy excellent effect and it’s all wrapped round a concept, a certain despair for the way the world is heading. As singer Matt Bolton says “There is a theme which is disgust and frustration at what Britain and the world has become. Humanity is gradually destroying itself by corroding the minds of youth with reality TV and the fascination with celebrities.”
In Colonel Blast we finally have a band with the right mix of form and fury to go a long way. There is something about this record that lets you just KNOW that these guys are going to be amazing live. When you listen to For the Greater Good it doesn’t sound like a typical debut album. There are no compromises here and this is a band who knew exactly what they wanted to deliver.
Buy the record, go see ’em.
That is all.
COLONEL BLAST – ALTSOUNDS REVIEW
When an album can lull you into a false sense of security then suddenly takes your thoughts into a completely different direction, it can normally end up going two ways: crushing your expectations or raising them to be better than you thought.
The beginning of ‘For The Greater good’ by Colonel Blast does that and manages to pull off the latter exceedingly well, as ‘Ethical Betrayal’ starts off with a slow intro for the first 47 seconds giving it a vibe similar to Opeth’s work post Blackwater Park era, and then suddenly BAM!
An ear piercing scream hits, and vocals and musicianship that sounds more similar to a record born out of the bastard child of Carcass and The Locust kicks in.
Colonel Blast make one point clear from the offset: They aren’t going to fuck around, and if they have to grab you by the throat you will listen to their take on the frustration at what the world has become in the grasp of reality TV and celeb culture.
The ferociousness of Ben Whitfield and Andy Millnes (formerly of Hecate Entombed) shows the power of the grindcore mixed with elements of hardcore such as the two parter ‘For the Greater good’ being the longest song on the album when combined.
Colonel Blast are intense, as they managed to cram multiple elements into a 30 minute album that manages to leave you with a buzz of adrenaline that makes you feel like you’ve been in a UFC fight with Georges St Pierre and lived to tell the tale!
Condate records have shown on this debut release they are willing to showcase the upcoming UK metal scene well; I look forward to what both the label and Colonel Blast can show both personally live and on record in the future.
COLONEL BLAST – UK METAL UNDERGROUND REVIEW
“Colonel Blast manage to blast apart the walls far more convincingly than many of modern metals seasoned veterans”
MALEK – UKMU
Let me be the first to state that indeed no, Colonel Blast is not an industrial strength degreasing agent. Nor is he an animated 80’s cartoon baddie. No, all these things are simply not true. Gross assumptions by anyone’s standards and the people that did the assuming should quite possibly receive a lashing for their malfeasance…
Still a relatively unknown project Colonel Blast manage to blast apart the walls far more convincingly than many of modern metals seasoned veterans. Striding triumphantly away from their earlier incarnation of Onsetcold, the Northwhich quintet have redefined their sound, doing away with the symphonic metal wankery and lacklustre riffage of their former project and entertaining a new and invigorating approach. Comparisons to bands such as Converge and Cryptopsy are not unwarranted, but are wholly inaccurate, as the band really have carved out a sound that truly is their own. A feat-and-a-half for a debut release I am sure you would agree! Overlapping styles ranging from death metal chug, to progressive hardcore hammerings pepper their sound and force the listener to shut the fuck up and pay attention. Moments of melody filter their way through the onslaught and highlight the bands true aptitude for their craft, never sounding lifeless, dull or inappropriate for even a nanosecond. While we are on the subject of infinitesimally small portions of time, the album does only clock in just over 30 minutes in length. Naysayers would almost certainly question this length with boisterous faraway calls of “EP!!! EP!!!” but this reviewer takes staunch opposition to this argument. The album is a collection of “songs”, and songs in the true sense. The tracks all roughly last between 3 and 5 minutes. They are varied, but not sprawling. Succinct but not short. All killer no filler, and this works resolutely well. All in all, the guys could not have done better for their first album… now all that is left to do is to squeltch out of the sanguine seas of obscurity and take their rightful position among some of the UK’s newest and most exciting projects.