Audio Kollaps "Music From An Extreme, Sick World" Cd Reviews

An exercise in brutality by these ex-members of RECHARGE.  I thought this band was decent enough when I heard their side of the split with WOLFBRIGADE (which is included here as bonus tracks), but I wasnıt quite prepared for the all-on death-metal-meets-hardcore-meets-thrashed-out-grind that I encountered on this release.  Itıs very distracting when a band is too scattered and all over the place when it comes to incorporating various styles, and so to pull it off is an achievement worth noting, but to then exhibit an almost complete mastery of these elements is especially noteworthy.  This has been one of the hot releases here at UGZ HQ, and I have a feeling it will be on everyoneıs playlist for at least the next several months. (UGZ)

  "Ex-members of Recharge make good on their Apocalypse Now imagry with their second full-length album of pissed off, pessimistic, hard-charging Discharge-gone-death-metal style fury, this time taking aim [at] the current war and the US in particular. The 26 second "Fuck the USA" pretty well sums up their position. Plenty of double-kick churn calls to mind Bolt Thrower on the mid-pace parts and plenty of blast beats on the fast parts suggest "Harmony"-era Napalm Death, all mixed between standard d-beat verses. Also includes the tracks from their Wolfbrigade split and a Rattus cover. (EL) ~Maximum Rock N Roll

"Crazy grindcore from Germany! Tight and heavy, short and fast, this CD is really intense.  The album cover looks almost exactly like the Apocalypse Now movie box, and the inside band photos are gruesome.  They are photos of the band members, covered in blood, and look as though they were violently killed.  Crazy!  Ten tracks of brutal grind to kick your ass around, just for kicks!  Bad joke, I know, but Iım a goof.  Good CD, though!" (Heartattack Zine)

"Oh yeah, this shit rips!  Audio Kollaps hail from Germany and play burly crust/grind that just smashes your head into the pavement.  I love that whole crust/grind crossover sound and I have to say these guys are pushing all the right buttons for me.  They kind of remind me of a brutal mixture of Terrorizer and Napalm Death with just a few touches of death, crust and thrash thrown in for good measure.  They mix the sound up nicely by balancing a lotof classic elements of both the crust and grind genres.  The riffs range from blazing grindcore speeds to crust as fuck rhythms that are grimy as hell.  They actually keep the pace at a crust/thrash speed for the most part and really don't go as fast as most grindcore bands but they still employ blast beats throughout for maximum destruction to your pitiful ear drums.  These guys are much more rooted in that classic grindcore sound like Terrorizer where you don't have to blast the whole time to keep the sound punishing, instead they utilize plenty of blast beats but space out these sections in order to make them all the more crushing when they do occur.  The vocals rule too, totally harsh and with some nice variation, switching between deep, forceful growls and high-pitched backing screams.  I really don't know what else to say about this one.  This is damn fine stuff and represents everything I love about the classic grind bands of yesteryear.  If you dig Terrorizer, Napalm Death and Brutal Truth then you should be all over this one.  Yet another killer from Crimes Against Humanity and one I highly recommend to all grind fans out there." (daredevil.de)

Hell yeah! this is what I've been needing. Germany's Audio Kollaps execute a form of grind that sounds like it came off the same filthy streets as the older recordings by Napalm Death (Mentally Murdered era), Filthy Christians, In Battle there is no Law era Bolt Thrower, Prophecy of Doom and old ENT. The grit in the down tuned guitars is similar, being heavily crossbred with punk rock simplicity and a ravenous metal bite. The riffage mirrors the sound... stripped down power chord dominant rhythms supply the heavy handed command to destroy with memorable movement, only to throw in the occasional note fills/tremolo riffs here and there to break up the attack. The tempo is very well balanced between weighty mids and explosive boughts of speed that are never used as the selling point for this bands music. The songs are sickly produced and filled with the dark impoverished industrial town aura of "fuck everything, this music is my voice/weapon against the horrors of my world", and each track can stand on it's own. The conviction for grindcore the old way runs deep in "Ultima Ratio", a point driven even deeper by the gruff growling technique of the vocals. If you liked the older work of the bands listed above, Audio Kollaps will be an eye opening addition to your collection. This band could have been on Earache circa 1990. (Marty / crionicmind.org)

German Import. 18 tracks of skin peeling Deathcrust! The debut full length from German killsquad AUDIO KOLLAPS, fusing apocalyptic D-Beat terror to crushing Death Metal. Total devestation. AUDIO KOLLAPs was formed in 1998 by RECHARGE members. The recipe is simple: a brutal mixture of hardcore d-beat raw punk, blasting grindcore, and diabolic deathmetal, with short and concise lyrics. Ultima Ratio was produced by Mieszko Talarczyk (NASUM).On Ultima Ratio, AUDIO KOLLAPS execute a form of grinding crustcore that sounds like a fusion of Napalm Death's Mentally Murdered, SKITSYSTEM, Filthy Christians, In Battle There Is No Law -era Bolt Thrower, Prophecy of Doom and old Extreme Noise Terror. The grit in the downtuned guitars is similar, being heavily crossbred with punk rock simplicity and a ravenous metal bite. The riffage mirrors the sound... stripped down power chord dominant rhythms supply the heavy handed command to destroy, only to throw in some fierce leads here and there to incense the attack. The tempo is very well balanced between weighty D-beat and explosive bursts of speed. (Crucial Blast)

Audio Kollaps play a style of music which is a cross breed between Death Metal, Grindcore and Total Crust Punk. This also features their split 7" with Wolfbrigade. Germany's Audio Kollaps execute a form of grind that sounds like it came off the same filthy streets as the older recordings by Napalm Death (Mentally Murdered era), Filthy Christians, In Battle there is no Law era Bolt Thrower, Prophecy of Doom and old ENT. The grit in the down tuned guitars is similar, being heavily crossbred with punk rock simplicity and a ravenous metal bite. The riffage mirrors the sound... stripped down power chord dominant rhythms supply the heavy handed command to destroy with memorable movement, only to throw in the occasional note fills/tremolo riffs here and there to break up the attack. The tempo is very well balanced between weighty mids and explosive boughts of speed that are never used as the selling point for this bands music. The songs are sickly produced and filled with the dark impoverished industrial town aura of "fuck everything, this music is my voice/weapon against the horrors of my world", and each track can stand on it's own. (Alternative Tentacles)

On their latest mini-LP, AUDIO KOLLAPS ­ http://www.audiokollaps.de ­, who recruit of 75% of the folks of the German d-beat legend RECHARGE, are waaay more death metal than on their split 7² w/ WOLFBRIGADE ­ http://www.wolfbrigade.tk ­ or on the ³Ultima ratio² LP and even Iım not much into the genre of the dying metal, this 12² crushes! Hyper speedy, vile, grindcore influenced death metal or death metal infected grindcore ­ call it whatever you want! ­ with low snarling, guttural singing parts. The artwork is kinda boring, but the music(k) destroys anything in sight, so what! (Warprayer #161)

"Here's a new Cd from this raging German act that includes three cuts from their split 7" with Wolfbrigade as a bonus. I was a fan of their last full-length, and despite a slightly raw sound this material is along similar lines (built on a foundation of textbook grindcore in the best possible way), but rather than tossing in more of a hardcore/punk influence, these songs are absolutely littered with classic 80's thrash metal riffs of the German variety. So imagine mixing Terrorizer's "World Downfall" with Kreator's "Terrible Certainty" or something like that, and this would be the end result. Aggressively growled low vocal shouts (with some very subtle higher screams as an occasional backing), lots of high-speed riffing, killer midpaced thrash breaks, and a really solid sense of songwriting ability based more on feel than worrying about being extreme or super fast. "Fick Die USA" runs a mere 28 seconds and hits slower speeds than anything else for the first half before blazing through the remaining seconds, "Kopflos" is total fucking thrash (complete with a sloppy lead break), "Eiszeit" has some raging tremolo picking with subtle discordance that arguably borders on a black metal influence, etc. After the three bonus tracks there's an unlisted song, but I don't know what the deal is there. It has more of crust punk feel, so I think it might be the cover they recorded for a Rattus tribute? It's a damn good song, whatever it is. As mentioned the recording is on the raw side, so the guitar tone can definitely get choppy and I'm not making out much bass, but for the most part things do sound consistent, and I'm not bothered by it. I could honestly probably be convinced if someone told me this was a lost recording session from a European thrash band circa 1986-1988 or something like that, just with slightly more aggressive vocals. The same goes for the bonus tracks, which are a tad muddier and have barely deeper vocals with more of a barked delivery, but still sound fine in the grand scheme of things. The layout's alright. The cover is set up like an "Apocalypse Now" movie poster, and the photos of the band appearing to have been individually shot in the heads are nice, though some of the other images and arrangements are definitely a little crude and rough around the edges. The lyrics are easy to read though, in German with English translations, all dealing with war, power, oppression, paranoia, and other such threads associated with the current political state of the world (specifically with regards to the US). Good stuff. I like this just a smidge better than their last full-length. Fans of old school thrash metal and first-rate grindcore should look into this for sure." (Aversionline.com)

Audio Kollaps has long been one of my most favorite bands and I'm honored to release this. I've been a huge fan since their previous band Recharge and get just as excited if not more excited for Audio Kollaps. Previously they released a full length Cd / Lp and also did a split with Wolfbrigade. Audio Kollaps play a style of music which is a cross breed between Death Metal, Grindcore and Total Crust Punk. My most favorite style of music to be honest. This album blew me away the first time I had heard it and I still love it. This also features their split 7" with Wolfbrigade as well. Listen to the mp3 if you dare!!!