Formed in 2015, and based in Byron Bay, Australia, From Crisis To Collapse features members from Spain and Italy as well as Brisbane and Sydney. And with that diversity in member background, comes a diversity to their particular style of extreme metal.
On their 2019 debut release, The Seventh Tree, the band showcase those diverse talents marvellously. Taking in elements of death metal, metalcore, and certainly something more traditional, particularly in the riffs.
Opening track, Crisis, is the perfect way to get the EP started – doing all it can to get the blood pumping. Lyrically, Crisis is politically driven, and well written. The growling vocals adding an extra emphasis to the overall point. Musically, it’s heavy, but not overly so. The riffs are relentless and the lead guitar is immaculate – the underlying rhythm section is what really drives the song though.
Turning the Gun follows on perfectly. More massive fast paced riffs, a huge drum sound and chant along choruses are the driving forces here, while on Dimitri, From Crisis To Collapse deliver an absolute highlight – with well placed pauses used to great effect, and some excellent guitar accents sprinkled throughout.
Slow Burn opens with a softer guitar intro, but don’t let that fool you – when the song kicks in, it is nothing short of brutal – and doesn’t let up for its entire five and a half minute duration. This is a band that manages to be uncompromisingly heavy, and very accessible at the same time.
No Promises sounds a little more raw and unpolished than other tracks here, but ultimately works very well in the overall context of the EP. Lift the Vail is anthemic, and to close out the EP, Crystals Are Us is near perfect – with its opening call to arms of “wake up, get the fuck up” – the band leave us on a fist pumping high point… its glorious.
These guys are absolutely talented musicians and songwriters, and as a first release, The Seventh Tree, shows early signs of a band that will be huge when they reach their creative peak – that’s not to say that they’re not good now, they are VERY good, but as they grow and develop, I’m sure they will become nothing short of tremendous.
Review by Shayne McGowan