Colosso - Apocalypse [Transcending Obscurity - 2020]Taking on the topic of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Portugal's Colosso unleashes their most ambitious release yet, the aptly titled Apocalypse. With four tracks of varying flavors and vocalists, each track represents one of the aforementioned horsemen, complete with its own personality. Deftly tackling this fun and creative project, Max Tomé. lined up a talent crew to help him complete his vision, and Apocalypse certainly bears the fruits of their collective labors.
Opening with the disease ridden "Pestilence," Apocalypse wastes no time bringing the heavy, death metal action to the listener. Slow and punishing, the opener spews vileness like a sickness rolling forth with germ fueled alacrity. Guitar driven, somewhat droning, but cleverly catchy, "Pestilence" has a trick up its sleeve. Max Tomé's sneaky synthesizers add a subtle, but very effective extra layer. "War" follows and ups the speed quotient quite a bit. Playing off of the preceding track, the first two songs would do well with fans of late 90's Morbid Angel. Bringing the tonality up out of the mire (a little!), the guitars do their best to cut from the relentless double bass of the drums, while playing counterpoint to Sérgio Afonso's grimly growled vocals. "Death" changes the album's approach greatly, with Max's clean vocals, and a more traditional, modern, heavy metal sound. Well written and a nice change of pace, "Death" really showcases Colosso's talents. "Famine" closes out this EP with some furious death metal. Adding back in some majestic guitars, the closing track changes up tempo quite a bit and puts the rest of the album in perspective.
Often times an all out attack, and other times well timed and catchy, Apocalypse is a well written and performed EP. Using an interesting theme as the basis to write an engaging album, Colosso's latest is a wonderful start to 2020's death metal release schedule. With this EP upping the bar, Colosso's follow up is sure to be a death metal classic. Paul Casey