COLONY 5

Album: "Structures"
Label: Memento Materia (2003)
Style: EBM/synth-pop
Songs: 12

A
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

I was impressed with Colony 5's previous recording Lifeline, and like this follow-up even more. This Swedish trio really know how to construct some of the catchiest EBM/synth-pop hybrid music I've heard.

As soon as I heard the first track "Hate" I knew I was going to be in for a treat with this entire album. The production is crisp and clear, the electronic programming is sci-fi, the beats are fast paced, the melodies are hypnotic and the deep accented male vocals sing with passion.

The songs are driving and energetic perfect for the dance floor. Each one grabs you right away and holds your attention.

This band definitely knows how to develop extremely upbeat and interesting future pop tunes. There's not a disappointing track in the bunch. They're all great and will keep you coming back again and again.

One complaint I had with Lifeline were the lyrics. Some were laughably bad. Thankfully, the lyrics on this album are much better. Some still lean a little toward the simple side, but for the most part they're all well written.

I really don't have any complaints with this CD. If you like club style EBM/synth-pop music, this album is for you.

 

Album: "Lifeline"
Label: Underground Inc. (2002)
Style: EBM/synth-pop
Songs: 15

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Colony 5 is the Swedish EBM/Synth-pop duo of P-O Svensson and Johan Nilsson. This Lifeline CD is their full-length debut, and is quite impressive. The album starts off with a countdown which is appropriate because once this CD launches it doesnít slow down during its entire playing course.

Basically, the songs offered here could be considered future pop. Theyíre crisp, clean, upbeat and energetic offering frantic electronic programming, thumping bass beats, soothing melodies and clear untreated accented male vocals that sing with melody. The music isnít quite EBM and not quite synth-pop, but a combination of the two. It contains elements of both genres and works extremely well.

What I like about this release is that everything is quite catchy and exciting. Itís obvious that most of the tracks were designed for the dance floor, and thatís fine by me. I like good energetic club music that makes me want to move. But the band realizes that you need to take a break from the dance floor as well, so they included some nice dark and relaxed songs as well to keep things varied and interesting.

The only complaint that I really have with this CD is that some of the lyrics arenít as well written as I would have liked. I personally like lyrics that contain a bit of mystery to them and make me need to listen to them several times to start getting their meaning. But a lot of the lyrics here are quite straight forward leaving nothing to the imagination. While a lot of the lyrics are well written, there are some that are a bit laughable. Listen to the songs "Crackhead" and "Stay Young" and youíll know exactly what I mean. I really hope that whoever writes the lyrics for this band makes them less blunt and adds a little more mystery to them in the future. Because the lyrics really are the only thing holding down this band at this time.

One of the more positive aspects of this CD is that you get a lot of songs on it. Fifteen to be exact. There are twelve main songs and three bonus tracks. Two of the bonus tracks are songs not found previously on the CD, while one is a remix of a previous song. Itís nice to finally get some bonus tracks on a CD that arenít all remixes for a change.

While Colony 5 isnít really doing anything new or different on this CD, they do deliver a lot of great tracks for your listening enjoyment if you like this sort of music. Everything is upbeat and will keep you entertained. So you need not worry about being bored. A lot of the songs do sound somewhat similar to each other, but this isnít too big of an issue as it prevents any snags in the flow. This is just a solid and consistent recording from start to finish. Once the first song plays youíll be hooked and want to listen to everything here.

If you like bands such as Covenant, Culture Kultur, Fictional, Icon Of Coil, Lights Of Euphoria, Neuroticfish, Project-X, Seabound and VNV Nation, you will most likely enjoy Colony 5 as well.