Between the likes of Isomer, Military Position, and Armour Group, the Adelaide/Melbourne corner of Australia has of late been responsible for some of the grimiest work that post-industrial music has to offer worldwide, and with a tagline like “a unique brand of primitive noise intended for degenerates and outsiders,” it’s clear that the trio of Kollaps is no exception to the trend.
Existing thus far on the periphery of the genre under the wing of one of Belgium’s finest though oft overlooked imprints in Silken Tofu, Kollaps has moved on from those humble roots into the spotlight of Cold Spring Records, British home of Mz.412, Coil, She Spread Sorrow, Z’ev, Iron Fist of the Sun, and a cascade of others making up an unceasing stream of notoriety and influence. On “Love Is a War,” the track presented here from their forthcoming second album Mechanical Christ, frontman Wade Black comments,
“‘Love Is a War’ is inspired by the the effect of addiction in relationships. The track expresses the emotional blackness and turmoil that one faces during the breakdown of a relationship and challenges the idea of conventional love, fairytale endings, and also deals with the bereavement of grief in being forced to untie the many knots that we make with our loved ones once the toxicity and distress has spread to unmanageable levels. ‘Love Is a War’ is written for the casualties of romance and is an indictment on manipulators, liars, and concealers of iniquitous intentions.”
For more information on Mechanical Christ as a whole, Cold Spring are happy to elaborate:
“The band’s distinctive primordial tones are created using appropriated waste materials like scrap metal, raw plastics, and steel plates, combined with blistering percussion, bass, and vocals. This is no empty ‘industrial’ gesture; for the band, this process of creation facilitates the literal use of postmodern society against itself.”
“Mechanical Christ is a conceptual continuation of its predecessor, Sibling Lovers.
This release sees Kollaps further their exploration of the inherent societal sickness of our times, one that manifests itself in the debasement of individual morality.
Themes of exploitation, vengeance, drug addiction, paranoia, and slave labor are part of a dissonant, inverted morality play.
Testament to the band’s evolving conceptual depth are the overarching themes of love, life, and death, which offer a sense of shared experience in the discomfort of the universal human experience.
Known for their violent and nihilistic stage performances, this recording encapsulates with harsher clarity the visceral confrontation that is the Kollaps live act.
“A seven-track journey into the desperation and lack of resolve that is both the crux of modern social ills and at the very heart of the human condition, Mechanical Christ delivers seven tracks of blistering harsh noise akin to acts such as Swans, Whitehouse, Khanate, and Pharmakon.
Clearly, given the contemporary context of its social criticism, Mechanical Christ has the potential to be one of the most relevant and important post-industrial releases in many years. Mechanical Christ will see release on CD, LP, and digital formats on Friday, May 3rd.