Time Collapse is a rather new band from Athens, Greece, which I discovered very recently through the Progarchives platform. Being from Greece as well, I’m always trying to pay attention and support bands that come from my country, assuming that they worth it. I have to admit that during the last 10 years, many bands appeared in Greece that are pretty interesting, to say the least. One of those bands is Time Collapse without a doubt.
Almost a month ago, they released their debut album Night and Day, which includes 7 songs and has a total running time of almost 40 minutes. In my mind, the album is divided into two major parts. If it was about a vinyl edition, A-side would include the first 4 songs and B-side the almost 18-minute-long suite Messiah Complex, which is divided into 3 parts.
Yet, since there is no vinyl edition available (as far as I know), you can buy the album either in a CD, or in digital format, from the band’s account in Bandcamp: https://timecollapseofficial.bandcamp.com/
Now, let’s take a closer look at the album: The opening song, that works also as the album’s intro, is the very good and atmospheric Time Bound, which after 2.5 minutes, is being transformed into Time Collapse. These two songs are forming a short 7-minute-long medley, which offer listeners a pretty good idea of what this band is about. The beautiful psychedelic soundscapes, mixed with loud guitar riffs, accompanied by the excellent collaboration between bass and drums, create a great overall outcome, which brings to my mind something between Tool and Porcupine Tree. Regarding keyboards, they are giving a little “extra” to their sound, without being “too much”. The band seems influenced a lot from the two bands aforementioned, but they manage to blend their influences in such a way that is not a problem at all. Just imagine the loud riffs and sudden changes of Tool combined with the long atmospheric passages of – the early – Porcupine Tree, and you’ve got an idea. One of the major problems of the Greek bands is their singers’ English accent. Well, no problem here at all. Their singer’s voice perfectly matches band’s sound and his English accent is very good.
Now, having all these things in mind, it’s up to you to decide if you are interested or not, but my recommendation would be to give these guys a chance. Maybe they are not bringing something new or groundbreaking in the modern music scene, but they created a very good and powerful album, that could be appreciated by people with “open ears” and minds. This is not Progressive Rock, this is not Progressive Metal, but something in between.
4 stars for their first and very interesting album, hoping that they will keep up in the same way in the near future!