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Chasing The Ghost

by Collide

an exotic hybrid of darkwave, cyber-dance, and electronic, attention fans of Massive Attack, Curve, Dead Can Dance, Portishead, and Delirium.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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3. Razor Sharp
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4. Dreamsleep
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5. White Rabbit
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6. Frozen
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7. Halo
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10. Like You Want to Believe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Collide performs an exotic hybrid of Darkwave, Cyber-Dance, and Electronic, with crossover appeal which will appeal to fans of Massive Attack, Curve, Dead Can Dance, Portishead, and Delirium.

After their first highly acclaimed CD, "Beneath the Skin", and follow- up remix album, "Distort", Noiseplus Music is proud to present the long anticipated, "chasing the ghost".

As the title suggests, "chasing the ghost" is haunting and captivating, with an essence that cuts to the core.

Its hypnotic lull of orchestrated sounds and heartfelt emotion reveal a journey reaching deep into the psyche that will grab you and not let go.

Recognized as innovators in sound, Collide prefer to cut their own path.

This album, although decidedly different from their previous CDs, once again treads on new ground, combining new elements into a powerful whole.

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Wolf - Starvox.net

Music review of Chasing the Ghost by Wolf at Starvox.net
As a music-hungry teenager I ordered Collide's debut, Beneath the Skin, on the basis of one review, a good 4 years ago. This review was favorable, but the cd was also considered a disc of hit-and-miss. I couldn't disagree more on the hit-and-miss part once I heard it and felt quite grateful for whichever part of that review had convinced me that this was straight up my alley. To date Beneath the Skin remains one of my all-time favorite albums and although band members kaRIN (vocals & lyrics) and Statik (music) have supplied us with singles, a remix cd (Distort), numerous compilation appearances and several excellent remixes over the past few years, I couldn't wait to finally hear their sophomore effort.

Wrapped in a gorgeous cover courtesty of Digital Apocalypse's Chad Michael Ward, Chasing the Ghost presents itself with nine new songs and one cover version ("White Rabbit"). The first thing that occurred to me was that the often harsh and explosive sound of their debut has partially made way for a more trip-hop feel. The songs are still powerful, but thanks to dens
layering it creeps up at you, instead of lashing out full-force. And what definitely hasn't changed is the lush, sensual mood and its paradoxal feeling of a beauty submerging the listener so seductively that it could please, yet just as easily kill. All of this is still the result of kaRIN and Statik's symbiotic chemistry; voices become instruments, sounds emerge like whispers, words fall seamlessly into place and the end-result is once again astonishing.

"Transfer" sounds the closest to something off of Beneath the Skin, with uplifting guitars and lovely vocals, while "Wings of Steel" turns towards the trip-hop feel that dominates most of this disc. Statik creates a wonderfully eerie soundscape on this track and its ethnic feel is present on several other songs as well, a very welcome addition to the scope of Collide's sound. The lyrics are poetic and extremely well-placed, with kaRIN's whispers sounding as creepy as they are beautiful during strategic breakdowns. One of the album's best songs, in my opinion.

The percussion and loungy feel of "Razor Sharp" are also very trip-hop, but during the chorus the song gains a lot more substance and transforms into genuine Collide material. While I'm not too fond of the "Cher" vocoder effect, the song is still very good. The same effect, however, is applied much better in the mesmerizing "Frozen" and its use in "Halo" deserves mentioning as well. It's unfortunate that it has become so over-used, because Collide show that when utilized sparsely it can be very effective. (Or use it like Yendri in their lovely "Inside the Machine", where the human nature of the vocals has almost entirely been discarded.)

Faith and the Muse play a significant guest role on this cd, with William Faith's guitar work gracing the delicious mayhem of "Dreamsleep", as well as Collide's cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit". Grace Slick's psychedelic 60's anthem finds itself revamped with style and this cover shows that a gap of over 30 years of music history can definitely be bridged. Monica Richards shares vocals with kaRIN on the high-speed chaos of "Monochrome", my second favorite track on this disc.

"Ocean" sounds like the ultimate cyper-age lovesong, with a charming chorus and more of kaRIN's alluring vocals, which always tend to drift on through your mind long after the cd has ended. The cd comes to a subtle end with "Like you Want to Believe", which makes me want to believe that the next album will follow sooner than this one did. ;)

The production of this cd is simply amazing and as with their debut there are new sounds and whispers to be discovered each time the disc is being played. There will only be one Beneath the Skin, but Collide can only be applauded for avoiding the "debut part 2" syndrome and continuing to push their sonic explorations. Chasing the Ghost is a perfect package of poetic lyrics, enchanting vocals and unique compositions with a refreshing mind of their own. There's no stopping it now, the band that was once the best-kept secret of the goth/industrial genre and its many sub-genres is convincingly working on making sure that mentioning the name Collide will never be met with question marks again.

Band members:
kaRIN - vocals, words
Statik - music

Additional info:
Official band site: http://www.collide.net
Mailing list: list@collide.net
Faith and the Muse: http://www.mercyground.com
Digital Apocalypse: http://www.digitalapocalypse.com

Wolf / Starvox.net staff writer mailto:wolf@starvox.net

Music review of Chasing the Ghost by Wolf at Starvox.net
http://www.starvox.net/cdr/collide.htm
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Michael Ventarola - Starvox.net

Music review of Chasing the Ghost by Michael Ventarola at Starvox.net
It seemed as if everywhere one looked, there was information about a band named Collide slapped onto something. Everything from packages to all sorts of public billboards and phone booths blatantly screamed the name from its perch only to be followed by a number of magazine ads. This made me start to wonder about this group as well as their street team who are getting the word out. Amazingly enough, all the posted stickers are coming from loyal fans. Upon listening to "Chasing The Ghost," it is impossible not to be fully absorbed into their musical world in a large way, and one can fully understand what all the fuss is about in the first place.

Collide is a cross between Rhea’s Obsession, Switchblade Symphony, My Scarlet Life and a libidinous dark angel. This particular CD also received additional assistance from Monica Richards and William Faith from Faith and The Muse. There is also a dark remake of the Grace Slick song "White Rabbit" created for the new millennium sound, without detracting from the beauty of the original.

The music is a steady amalgamation of trip hop, electronica, goth, ambient and rock, all rolled together in an intriguing hybrid and expertly sequenced for obtaining maximum listener enjoyment and satisfaction. Some vocal high tech tweaking similar to the Cher hit "Believe" is also included on the track "Razor Sharp," which rounds out the sound and is going to cause a number of tongues to wag in musical circles for quite some time.

Beyond the fact that the album is well made and purely brilliant, is the fact that it boldly takes dark music to a sensuous level. It is romantically enigmatic and erotic while still giving homage to the surrealistic depth of darkness in all its guises. Basically you can sit back and listen, dance to it or you can have an all night Tantra session with that special someone with this as background music. The eroticism of the music and vocals leaps off the CD in an almost subliminal fashion, drawing you in deeper and further with each passing song. kaRin’s vocals are at times like sex-kitten whispers woven between anticipatory longing and sieved through a futuristic chasm with understated crooning. This reviewer can’t recall a dark music album being this seductive in quite some time.

It can safely be said that based on the strength of this CD, I fell in love with this dazzling work and am looking forward to obtaining some of their earlier music as well.

Band Lineup:
kaRin: Vocals, lyrics
Statik: Noise

Additional Musicians:
William Faith: guitar- White Rabbit, Dreamsleep
Tim Pierce: guitar- Transfer, Razor Sharp, Dreamsleep
Chris Candelaria: guitar- Dream Sleep
Kevin Kipnis: guitar- Like You Want To Believe
Fritz Heede: Sitar- Halo

Additional Vocals:
Monica Richards: Monochrome



Michael Ventarola / Starvox.net mailto:mike@starvox.net

Music review of Chasing the Ghost by Michael Ventarola at Starvox.net -- http://www.starvox.net/cdr/collide.htm
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Keith, The Psionic Imperator @ Starvox.net

S E X That's what this cd is all about.
Sex. That's what this cd is all about. Put it on before you hop in the hay, or flannel, or whatever it is you use to do the deed in, and you'll see what I mean. Collide have been around for awhile, but I'm a newbie to them really...so I can't really say if this is a departure of sound for them or not. I think it is, if the press-sheet is to be believed. Although the 'sex' part was probably always there, thanks to kaRIN's vocal delivery. She just sounds so...sultry. This time around it seems as though the music caught up. Listening to 'Chasing The Ghost' brings visions of kaRIN encased in a drool-tastic latex/leather ensemble, draped over a piano in a smokey lounge sometime in the 40's. Great atmosphere to this release. Statik is no slouch either, the music on this album is top-notch, covering alot of ground. Hints of middle-eastern material here and there, subtlety abounds... I have a soft-spot in my heart for Darkwave. It appeals to both my inner Goth and my inner Rivethead. Collide have crafted an exceptional work with 'Chasing The Ghost', further establishing themselves as part of the upper elite in the Darkwave genre. Lookin' for music to drink wine to late at night, but tired of the same old Goth classics? Go out and grab yourself a copy of this release. Bask in it's voluptuous, seductive charms... Anguish never sounded so kinky.

Psionic Imperator - Starvox.net - mailto:keith@starvox.net

Music review by Psionic Imperator @ Starvox.net
http://www.starvox.net/cdr/collide.htm
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Jett Black / Nocturnal Movements

Sex, Sweat, and Razor Blades
Let's be honest here: kaRIN is drop dead gorgeous with the most beautiful
vocals to match! And Statik is wizardry incarnate delivered into electro-human form.
Add sweat and mix with razor blades.

Jett Black @ Nocturnal Movements & Starvox.net mailto:Jett@starvox.net
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Larzy926

Great CD!
This cd is magnificent! Reminiscent of Sneaker Pimps and Portishead with elements of NIN thrown in. Dark and dancy all at the same time. Can't wait to hear more from them.
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TSDF

Absolutely fabulous
One of my all time favorite bands in this genre, doesn't disappoint with a single song on this album. Well crafted songs, and musicianship coupled with stellar engineering. This is a band to keep your eyes on.
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DJ Puppeteer

Excellent production and inventive
Excellent production and inventive creativity make this one of the best releases I own. A must have for fans of electro industrial and darkwave music.
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Lisa Coles

Amazing
I first discovered Collide on myspace and decided I had to have the album. Karin's vocals demand attention from the first note to the last one... and the music is just amazing. I'd recommend this cd to anyone :)
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Stephen R. Cann

Gobs of fun!
Thank goodness some talented people are doing new things that are creative, fun, adventurous and sexy!
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CoppercaT

You did a great job of covering White Rabbit
I love the cover you did of white rabbit. but im just curious... Did you get permission to do this song?
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