Decibel Magazine is streaming “The Hand Of Death” from Australian post-industrial outfit KOLLAPS. The track serves as the latest single from the band’s impending third album, Until The Day I Die, set for June release through Cold Spring Records.
Until The Day I Die is a merciless and visceral assault on the senses and continues the trajectory of the band’s idiosyncratic approach in their creation of sound. The album showcases an uncompromising force of harsh post-industrial music narrated by overarching themes of condemnation and redemption; of violence, romanticism, sexuality, and addiction. Much of the creation and lyrical conceptualisation of the record has been stylized and presented using William S. Burroughs’ cut-up method.
A wide variety of metals and raw materials were used in the creation of the album including metal grates, a rusted hoist, cement cylinders, field recordings, hammering of various decrepit objects, broken amplifiers, an exposed reverb tank, various synthesizers, and the infamous metal coil; a crudely self-constructed artifice that has become iconic in its use across KOLLAPS’ triptych of releases and lengthy touring history in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Until The Day I Die has seen a tectonic shift in production methods compared to its predecessors and was entirely written, recorded, and mixed internally at the self-constructed ILoveHeroin Studios built above a sculpture museum in Lugano, Switzerland. All instrumentation was handled by Wade Black except for bass guitar by Andrea Collaro recorded at Hangar 121 in Lenate Pozzollo, Italy on all tracks except “D-IX” and “I Believe In The Closed Fist,” handled by Black, and additional sound design and percussion by Giorgio Salmoiraghi. The album was mastered by James Plotkin and completed with cover artwork by Nullvoid (Thomas Ekelund/Trepaneringsritualen).
KOLLAPS’ Wade Black reveals, “‘The Hand Of Death’ was one of the earlier tracks written for the record. During the writing process I wanted to express ideas of love degenerating into a septic, oppressive state and so I aimed for militaristic and authoritative sounds, mainly in the percussion however these ideas are also explored lyrically.”
Decibel writes with the premiere, “The track plods on at a steady yet aggressive pace, beginning and ending with percussive sounds and featuring aggressive, shrieking, post-industrial vocals.”
Hear KOLLAPS’ “The Hand Of Death” first through Decibel Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.
Until The Day I Die will be released by Cold Spring Records on LP, CD, and digital formats on June 24th. Find preorders where “Relapse Theatre” is streaming at the label webshop HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and other digital providers HERE.
Having just completed a tour across Europe with Brighter Death Now and Of The Wand & The Moon which culminated at the mighty Roadburn Festival this past weekend, KOLLAPS has announced additional tour dates for May and June including sets at Fusion Festival, Roskilde Festival, and more. Watch for new tour dates to be announced over the months ahead.
KOLLAPS Tour Dates:
5/12/2022 Black Inside – Lonate Ceppino, IT
5/14/2022 Ekidna – Carpi, IT
6/22/2022 Gromka – Ljubljana, SI
6/23/2022 Instant – Budapest, HU
6/24/2022 FLUC – Vienna, AT
6/25/2022 Underdog’s – Prague, CZ
6/26/2022 Club Seilerstrasse – Zwickau, DE
6/27/2022 Urban Spree – Berlin, DE
6/29/2022 Fusion Festival – Lárz, DE
6/30/2022 Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, DK