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What a comeback! - 94%

fluffy_ferret, August 20th, 2005

Every once in a while an album is released which will leave you completely dumbfounded with its headbanging qualities. The sound grabs your attention so mercilessly you won’t be able to put it down for months to come and it gets better and better with each listen. Collision Course, a delight from start to finish, is one such album.

Greatness isn’t unfamiliar to Paradox as they are famous for making two extremely solid (thrashy) speed-metal albums back in the 80s. They had a good sense of melody, excellent riffs, and better than average songwriting. Collision Course is a comeback album (being eleven years since they made Heresy) and the band is back with a vengeance, sporting an updated, modern sound; it’s heavier and more technical than before, and the songwriting has taken on almost a progressive shade. Gone are the somewhat one-dimensional songs of the past – the songwriting tends to be a complex affair with many-a-songs-in-one so to speak.

This is one of my ultimate albums as the band manages to successfully mix all those ingredients I love; it’s melodic, catchy, heavy, thrashy and speedy, with consistent and varied songwriting. ‘Saviour’ is an example of some of that complex songwriting I was talking about, as the song moves from an acoustic intro to intense riffing and calmer passages. ‘Collision Course’, perhaps the most traditional song on the album, is fast and furious.
‘Path of Denial’ is an incredibly thrashy song which will make you wondering what cover of Dark Angel this is. ‘Prostitution of Society’ with its great leadwork sets the mood for the story being told. The opening (and reoccurring) riff in ‘Sadness’ is impressive, keeping you intrigued for the remainder of the song. As the song picks up you ask yourself just how much better it can get…

One of the things i love most about the album is the mood and atmosphere. Think Iced Earth’s Burnt Offerings or Vio-lence’s Nothing to Gain. It’s dark, but mature and serious at the same time. It’s an intriguing sound, not to be taken lightly. The band plays like they mean it, which is the way it should be.

This is fucking metal, that’s all i can say... this is fucking metal...