Melbourne based band Shotgun Mistress has returned with yet another nose to the grindstone indie hard rock work-out highlighting their now trademark style of combining stupefying guitar riff grenades, a combustible rhythm section and soaring vocals clothed in a melodic maelstrom that is as hard to define as it is difficult to ignore.
Riding high on the success of their previous releases, including Save Me from Myself, which went to No1. on the iTunes Australian Rock Charts and made the Top 40 chart, and their last single Glorious Machine, Collide offers the hard rock devotee more of the same; an array of blazing guitar chops, an unrelenting rhythmic undertow and Glen Patrick’s durable vocal calisthenics.
An out of the gates confession sets the mood of the track: ‘Save me, I’m killing I sabotage my life worth living / Hands were bound until you came around’. From this point on the song thrusts forward, this combination of serrated guitar, melodic twists and turns and a blinkered pulse continuing to the final reaffirming distorted six-string ostinato.
However there are a few surprises here, as heard in the second verse, where eschewing the expected treatment and merely repeating the elements of the first verse, the song is taken to another point with Glenn’s low register menacingly absolving the band of predictability and helping it drift a little off course, which is a good thing.
The tendency to want to meet all the expected tropes of this genre must be difficult terrain to navigate, so toying with it a little here and there reveal the band’s admirable efforts to reshape this adopted style and create a more idiosyncratic version.
Collide’s dependable and highly efficient heaviness will please the multitude of metal music mavens out there, satisfying their need for new, clean, clear and punctilious reassuring Australian hard rock.