eclipsed No. 162 / 7/8-2014

09. September 2014

The Story of Quadrophenia

"'Tommy' changed everything and saved us," Pete Townshend remembers in the introductory essay to the 2011 re-release of "Quadrophenia". Basically, The Who had been a singles band in the sixties; the sudden intellectualization of pop music had posed a new, unexpected challenge to its thought leader. "People suddenly wanted to hear 'serious' music from pop groups.

Between heaven and earth

COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE - The load on the Titan's shoulders

27. June 2014

COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE - The load on the Titan's shoulders

In Greek mythology, Atlas carries the vault of heaven on his shoulders. Even Titan might have lifted himself up on the sound block "Shoulders & Giants", which Collapse Under The Empire created three years ago: instrumental flights of fancy, which draw their power from a nerve-racking tension, made this album the climax in the work of the North German post rockers to date. Now they let "Sacrifice & Isolation" follow, which aesthetically immediately follows "Shoulders & Giants".

In between they had released "Fragments Of A Prayer" and the EP "The Silent Cry". "Originally, the second part was supposed to be released the following year," the band explains to us in an e-mail interview. "But we had to realize that we were not ready to dive into the darkest realms of history for 'Sacrifice & Isolation'. Many of the tracks we composed after the first part just weren't dark enough to finish the second part."

COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE "Sacrifice & Isolation"

28. May 2014

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".