Collide - As Everything Unfolds
By Benjamin Irons
Putting South Bucks - and the quaint village of St. Giles respectively - on the map, unsigned alternative-metal sextet As Everything Unfolds release their remarkable debut full-length Collide, produced entirely by themselves.
Album artwork by frontwoman and photographer Charlie Rolfe
The band made their first splash in the metal scene back in 2014 with the release of their debut EP Jekyll & Hyde, which offered the band some surety to help promote their image as well as any forthcoming EP’s, singles, or full-lengths. Thankfully they provided the latter, and used the two years between this record and their last to conjure up something really quite impressive. Give them their dues, not only are the band unsigned, but they wrote, recorded, and produced the record entirely unaided.
"Sleep Alone" video produced by Future Epic Productions
Opening the new record is “Bright Lights”, which uses haunting techno synths in the intro before the fiercer instrumentation takes a hold in the mid, with frontwoman Charlie Rolfe offering up ear-shattering rasps that invite you to give her your fullest attention. “Sleep Alone”, the records lead single, and the follow-up “Voices” both cling onto their pop-punk-y roots but layer their newly acquainted metal influences well, as a kind of nod to where they came from.
As mentioned, their metal influences such as Architects and Bring Me The Horizon – circa Suicide Season (2008) – are really given light, particularly on the guttural anthem “Golden”, awash with muddy guitar tones and cyclical thuds from drummer Liam Burgoyne. But their metal savagery is renounced on the album’s terminal moment “Tides”; which embraces cleaner tones and vocals alike to ensure they close the lid in a truly climactic fashion, as cheesy as it can be at times.
Youth and inexperience aside, the record will not be spearheading any kind of revolution in alternative metal anytime soon. But consider the two elements and you have yourself a band that has a real knack for an absolutely crisp and heavy sound. They’ve got a long way to come but they’re on the right path.