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Prototype
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Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Prototype is an album that is quick off the line. The classic "It's a marathon not a sprint" logic doesn't apply here, with thoughts of pacing quickly vanquished as the smoke slowly clears from the barrel of the starting gun. Big Collapse simply blast their way through track after track of melodic hard rock. But as the album wears on it tires and lulls before releasing a potent burst for the final stretch, leaving a band with enormous potential and an album with some great songs, but ultimately falling a little short at the finish line.

There are an increasing number of rock bands that have erupted from the punk and hardcore scene, bands that wear their influences proudly like a black eye and bloody lip in the pit: punk and indie rock, 80's metal; bands that defy genres; bands with myriad talent - the ability to create driving, energetic, melodic rock music. Big Collapse treads this earth with the prowess to engage and the talent to endure. This is a band that knows what it takes to make a great song, but still misses the mark ever so slightly at times, becoming cyclic instead of continuously refreshing.

The opening track, "Love Empire," is about as good a rock song I've heard in the last year, just ripping with edgy riffs and melodic, piercing vocals. It's the kind of beginning that creates a fan for life; that despite any potential missteps, this band can weave gold and it's worth burrowing through the straw to find it. The music is powerful without becoming too heavy, leaving it accessible to a wider audience without alienating fans with a taste for hearing loss.

The album finishes strong as well with "Phantom Power" and its recurring chunky guitars and melodic choruses; but it is in the middle that I tune out Prototype, leaving me to figure out what precisely was missing. It's not so much an intangible, more a repetition that left me disinterested for a brief time. While that can easily be dismissed as personal taste, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it.

What's of importance is that Big Collapse are just starting. This is their first album, and it's a fine release overall. It's the type of rock that's catchy without being soft, the kind of music that deserves to be championed and eliminate the dreck polluting the airwaves.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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