ALBUM REVIEW: Hey Colossus – The Guillotine | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 02.06.17




In 2015, Hey Colossus achieved the remarkable feat of releasing two absolutely essential albums inside ten months. Some feared that the departure of Jonathan Richards last year might have seen them lose a key element in their astonishing burst of creativity, but The Guillotine more than allays those fears: this album is a fucking beast.

Whilst the glorious noise rock we’ve come to expect is as face melting as ever (Tim Cedar is back at the controls), there’s also the opiated, hypnotic Calenture Boy and the disorientating boogie of Englishman, whilst Experts Toil sounds a lot like XTC covering Fugazi. There’s also a sharper edge lyrically. The Guillotine is as varied and essential as their 2015 double-whammy and that’s a wonderful thing.

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