November 6, 2008

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Collide, Two Headed Monster
Noiseplus Music, Sept. 23

L.A. goth-fashionistas Collide are more a burger-flipper of dark, sensual and often metallic ambience than a song machine; the verses and choruses of their tunes rarely tend to differ much from each other, instead concentrating for the most part on accentuating singer Karin’s snake-girl writhings and cooings, ever delivered with the care of a young nymphomaniacal Siouxsie.

The tradition continues here, soundtrack-ready riffs that offer not much in the way of climactic moments. They can’t seem to stop rewriting “Crushed,” the directionless (depending on your taste, naturally; in-crowd gothies live and die by such stuff) opening song from their 2003 LP Some Kind of Strange. Its there-but-for-the-sake-of-teen-vampires vibe resurfaces here in “Tongue Tied and Twisted,” leaving the record to start off in the hole a couple of points. Much better is the Oakenfold-like “Chaotic” and KMFDM knockoff “Spaces in Between,” both of which demonstrate that they’ve benefited from ex-Curve/Eurythmics guy Dean Garcia’s input. The appearance of Tool drummer Danny Carey on four songs is another nice resumé bullet. B — EWS