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Collisions & Castaways [CD]

36 Crazyfists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B003P6IYAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In The Midnights 5:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Whitewater 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mercy And Grace 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Death Renames The Light 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Anchors 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Long Road To The Late Nights 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Trenches 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Reviver 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Caving In Spirals 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Deserter 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Waterhaul II 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It's always nice to hear a band taking a bit of a risk. Departing from the melodic metalcore style that has served them so well for the past 15 years, 36 Crazyfists have increased their ferocity on this fifth studio album, decreased the number of breakdowns and just generally gone More Metal. Hurrah!

The opening brace of In the Midnights and Whitewater, however, are pretty standard fare as far as 36CF goes: fast, chugging guitars, double kick drums and rapidly meandering melodies all merge into a meaty hook that you'll enjoy without loving a huge amount. Vocally, Brock Lindow roars and rampages through, before breaking into his clean, almost crooning singing voice. It's a more than acceptable introduction into an album, which after 2008's chart breakthrough The Tide and Its Takers is hoping to satisfy existing fans while still appealing to new ones.

That increase in musical violence is explored first during Death Renames the Light, where relentless screaming is impressively tempered by near-industrial guitar work. While the occasionally brilliant Anchors swerves close to DevilDriver territory, the plaid-shirted, greased-up swagger of Trenches has a crafty wink at Every Time I Die. Still, it manages to resolutely remain sounding like (a heavier version of) 36 Crazyfists.

That said, the band isn't afraid of settling down on the gentler side of the fence. With the instrumental Long Roads to the Late Nights and the wholly melodic Mercy and Grace, they explore other avenues, offering a vague respite from the brutal remainder of the album. Interestingly the closing song, Waterhaul II, is the follow-on from the closing track on their stunning 2004 album, A Snow Capped Romance. Is it in the same league? Nope.

The Alaskans have loitered menacingly in the shadows of so many more commercially successful bands for several years, but have never quite made the step up. They're not even a perennial support band; they've always just been there, doing their thing pretty well but never amazingly enough for everyone to sit up and take note above all the rest. Despite many a moment to recommend it, it's unlikely Collisions and Castaways will change that.

--Raziq Rauf

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A grower but not enough 3 Dec 2010
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It hurts to give this album 3 stars as I love the band but there seems to be something missing and I can't put my finger on it. I've loved the previous 4 albums although the last 2 haven't quite matched up to Bitterness The Star or A Snow Capped Romance but at least they got better with each listen and had some hidden gems. Collisions... though isn't doing it for me. There's a few tracks that stand out and The Deserter is one hell of a monster but overall I think 3 out of 5 is about right. Sorry 36CF!!

PS. I was at your last London show and will be moshing with best of them for all your future ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alaska's premier band return revitalised 28 July 2010
By Chopper
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This is 36 Crazyfists' fifth major release in the last 8 years and was recorded as a 3 piece following the departure of long-time bassist Mick Whitney. The 11 tracks offered here don't deviate too much from the band's tried-and-tested formula of bludgeon supported by catchy melody, but to use that old adage, "if it isn't broken, don't fix it.". That said, this album feels a much denser and weightier offering than predecessor "The Tide and Its Takers" with a sense of urgency and energy not seen from the band for a while.

The delicate acoustic intro to "In the Midnights" gives way to some thunderous double kick drumming before Brock's instantly identifiable screamed vocals come in, the chorus showcasing his vocal quiver. With barely a pause "Whitewater" comes hammering in, a jagged ride to its hooky chorus with a pounding conclusion. "Anchors" is a real highlight, vocal duties being shared with Adam Jackson of Twelve Tribes, the chorus will doubtless prove to be very popular live. Acoustic track "Long Road to Late Nights" breaks up the album, a brief moment of respite from the surrounding savagery, but it doesn't really offer much else. "Reviver" was obviously penned as single material, the clean vocals come to the fore here, but it's still a great track. "Caving in Spirals" is probably the one duff track, it's utterly blown-away by "The Deserter", which has to be the heaviest thing they have ever released, Brandon Davis' guest growls see to that, alongside some seriously chunky riffs and a rarely heard solo. Closer "Waterhaul II" isn't a reworking of 2004's original but is the equal of it.

I've always enjoyed 36CF's output, they do what they do incredibly well, somehow they always find a way to stay fresh and listenable in an immensely saturated genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caving The Spirals 19 Sep 2010
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I must begin that I am writing this review for the one track "caving the spirals".
This is primarily because its the only track that meets 36CF previous standard.

Definitely their weakest album to date. That said its worth the purchase just for the one track that is incredibly awesome. If this is your first 36CF album listen to caving the spirals and know that their entire back catalogue sounds as good if not better.

I've given the album 5 stars because I'm a massive 36CF fan and I want to urge fans to give them their full support.

The last thing we want is for them to give up or disband following poor sales of collisions and castaways.

If anyone involved with the band reads these reviews..36 crazyfists are Caving the spirals,Slitwrist theory, Bloodwork,eightminutesupsidedown etc.. stick to the formula we all know and love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New CF album... 31 Aug 2010
By Lyrrad
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As a massive Crazyfists fan, I think they have once again shown true talent and passion for the music they create, and can continue to take their heaviness to another level..!

Although I do not know this album like the back of my hand yet, it does seem pretty impressive. I didn't think they could get much heavier after their last album 'The Tide and Its Takers', but they have definetely proved me wrong!

Brock has taken more of the coarse shouting approach in this album, still keeping his signature melodic choruses. Steve Holt's guitar work is more dynamic and creative - am loving Waterhaul II!!! Thomas's drumming is bloody tight as ever has taken his double-kick work to a another level! Their style got a lot faster for sure! I do miss Mick's dominant bass lines in this album, as Steve took on bass duties in this album - it def feels more guitar orientated.

I will keep this short and sweet, do buy the album and support the boys from Alaska in whatever they do as I know they will always keep their fans happy in years to come!
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