Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ “Colossus” is a stripped-down but meaty affair, sharing as much in common with Baroness as it does with RATM, post-Layne AIC, the Jesus Lizard, and Stanford Prison Experiment. Everything works here in the band’s favor. The bass and guitars are forever locked in an effectively feral unison, the drums punctuate and drive without mercy, and Jeff Martin’s vocals soar over it all with a self-assured boldness. While not the most metal album of the year, it’s one of the few that I knew I wanted to listen to a second time before finishing its first listen.