Colaris is a post-rock band from Pirmasens, Germany. According to their facebook page they're currently looking for a bass player so German bassists, grab your chance and join this spectacular band. This is post-rock at a very high level. Somehow they sound like a mix between Explosions In The Sky, Tool and Jakob. In perfect post-rock tradition this trio (currently duo) delivers a brilliant album that will surely get them on stages throughout Europe. Or at least, I hope so.
The album opens with 'part I' of the 'Nexus epos' and ends with 'part II'. This epos is described as gentle and hopeful as the music is: „The Nexus is a place full of eternal joy. If a person gets drawn into the Nexus, all their wishes and dreams will come true, so the person never wants to leave that place again“. They're absolutely right, both these anthems are absolute pleasures to listen to and will definitely go right into my playlist of 'most exquisite tunes' in the genre.
Yet, in all its cinematic beauty, Colaris doesn't shun some experiments. Here and there blast beats are incorporated which make the music even more intense than it already is. These influences, which are clearly drawn from black metal, are also present in some of the slower, bleak guitar passages. Combined with the atmosphere of greatness that decent post rock has, this results in a very varied album. There are indeed images of immense snowy landscapes and icy forest appearing in my imagination when I listen to this music.
In between the two 'Nexus' anthems, a number of other songs are crammed. All of them fit perfectly in the similar post-rock atmosphere. 'Maelstrom' is an uptempo song, reminding me of a mix between Sleepmakeswaves and Monkey3. This song clearly represents the party calibre that some of the bands in this genre have. Even when the tempo goes down you can actually headbang to this and raise your fist in absolute musical excitement.
Throughout the following songs, the quality remains at an extremely high level. 'Lemuria', 'Shoals' and 'Cluster' maintain the same typical sounds which make post-rock such a unique and widely embraced musical genre. 'Im Sog' is a very slow song, which at times even reaches a dark jazz feel. In some aspect you can indeed say that this is the ballad of the album, the 'Nothing Else Matters' if you will.
'Nexus' is arguably one of the highlights within the post- or instrumental rock genre this year and should be part of every collection which contains albums by the other bands I mentioned in this review. Its bursts of powerful rock, alternating with dreamy, almost psychedelic passages is highly appreciated in this household so it's no surprise I've been listening to this album almost continuously in the past few days. I can only recommend every post-rock fan in the world to get your hands on a copy of this. You deserve it...