Collapse Under The Empire have already taken some time to complete their concept, which was launched in 2011 with "Shoulders And Giants". Time that was shortened a little with interim stuff like the album "Fragments Of A Prayer" and the EP "The Silent Cry". Now, almost three years later, the concept of two albums finally comes to an end with "Sacrifice & Isolation". This rises cautiously, almost cautiously, into the later overflowing "Sacrifice". And this is just the beginning. But already here the duo confirms again that they are creating the most powerful sound walls in post'n'art rock. The instrumental still lifes, all of them instrumental, deal again with darkness, isolation and death, which is impressively staged by the bombastic dark soundscapes. "Massif" is based on a stoic guitar motif that swings up like a mantra into boundless heights covered with dark clouds and remains there. And finally we all find something like reconciliation with "The Path".
Top track: Massif