December 1, 2022

Collective Insanity – Hidden Agony EP Review

Streaming only (now)

out now

Line up:

Braiden Hannibal: vocals

Jack Coleman: drums

Dylan’s flaws: samples

Richard Starnes: Guitars

Quinn Reilly: Bass

Mikey Black: Guitar

List of tracks:

1. Molly Wap

2. MFU

3. Ammunition

4. Biyamba

I’ve said it many times over the years, North Carolina has been a terrific breeding ground for incredibly talented musicians. From obscurity to world-famous, North Carolina has offered legendary bands of varying styles and levels of success, and I’ve made it my goal to highlight as many of them as I come across in my travels. travels and time spent in this state. As someone who has spent a fair amount of time going to live shows in North Carolina (mostly in the Charlotte area, but I’ve been known to venture into other areas from time to time) , I have made many friends and acquaintances over the years. in the scene and tend to be sought after for my opinion of their music. And if I’m strongly committed to what they offer, I’ll throw in a few words to show my support and spread the word about them.

If a band has even a faint stench of Nu Metal on them, I’m immediately prejudiced against them. Of the many genres and subgenres, this one is near the top that I despise. So when Collective Insanity drummer Jack Coleman approached me about reviewing their Hidden Agony EP and used the term “Nu Metal” as a descriptor, I kind of backed off, but out of respect for his father and my knowledge of the talent of this young man, I said I’ll check it out. Coleman is doing a huge disservice by labeling his band under this subgenre. Are there elements of Nu Metal? Sure, there are several rap metal moments on the four-song EP, but those moments are expressed in music that stylistically sits more in a more thrashy, almost death metal groove sound than a true Nu Metal style. . Believe me, if they were straight Nu Metal, I wouldn’t be typing that right now, respect or no. There are powerful guitar riffs expertly provided by Mikey Black and Richard Starnes. I freely admit that I’ve watched Jack play the drums since he was young, and even then the kid was a beast on set, so there was no doubting his skill level, and he is closely linked to bassist Quin Reilly. Dylan Faults provides samples for the group, and Braiden Hannibal, whose voice can shift from a deep growl to a melodic style, establishes great rapping skills at the same time.

I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with Collective Insanity’s debut EP, Hidden Agony. At the moment it’s only available on streaming services, but at some point it will be available to purchase physical copies. I didn’t get the chance to see them live, but I understand they put on a hell of a show. This group has a lot of potential for the future, so be on the lookout for them. They are young, hungry and super talented. With those first four songs already as awesome as this one, they’re going to be contenders.

Written by: Chris Martin

Rating: 9/10

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