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This album was released in a time when thrash metal was as good as dead, meaning it might have slipped under the radar of many of you. I am here to inform you that Collision Course is one massive fucking album and should not slip under any radar. Being the comeback album of the very noteworthy Paradox, it not only managed to continue the band's great legacy, but singlehandedly reinvented melodic thrash. It is the heaviest Paradox effort thus far, both in composition and sound. The colossal riffs will knock you off your chair and leave you on the ground begging for mercy, which will be granted during extensive parts of instrumental (at times even acoustic) noodling. Don't make any illusions about fully recovering, because the solo's are equally impressive and it never takes long before another monstrous riff pops up to attack and threaten you with severe whiplash syndromes.
And that's only talking about the thrash parts. As we could have expected from Paradox, most songs have crushingly 'epic' intros, preparing the listener for a pending rampage of riffs. “Blamed For Nothing”, “Collision Course” and “Shattered Illusion” can easily be counted among the band's best songs ever, while “Path Of Denial” is my all-time personal Paradox favorite. Those of you familiar with the band realize this is saying quite a lot. There is however one downside, and that's a tad too much aimless material that doesn't seem to go anywhere. Barring the magnificent songs, there are also many sections or even entire songs that are just 'ok', and don't do much to me. With the album clocking in at almost an hour, these parts would have gotten rid of if it were up to me. “Prostitution Of Society” or “Rearrange The Past” are two of such songs that -even though they contain some great sections- simply drag too long.
Stylistically this album could be compared to releases as Ride The Lightning or Rust In Peace, except heavier. The unique vocals don't really compare to any other band and sometimes even come close to melodic talking. Not once are they on the foreground, leaving enough room for the excellent musicianship to fully shine. The production is absurdly tight, which unfortunately can't be said about their 80s releases, Heresy and Product of Imagination. There is also less power/speed metal to be found here, making it the thrashiest Paradox album ever. All in all this is a first-rate album by a first-rate band, which should be put on the first spot of your wishlist. This band has always stayed true to themselves without falling into repetition and should be applauded for this, so get your ass to the record store and buy this behemoth of an album.