I was immediately enamored with Mega Colossus when I saw them for the first time last year at Mad With Power Fest in Madison. When they announced a new EP was coming soon a couple of months ago, I couldn’t resist contacting them to review it!
Hailing from the barbaric hills of Raleigh, North Carolina, this five-piece self-proclaimed adventure-metal band is influenced by other such power rockers such as Dio, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Scorpions.
They just announced that their fifth recorded work, titled “V,” will be making its debut on February 8th, 2019. The new record is currently available for pre-order NOW on iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp and of course for vinyl and CD as well. (You can pre-order through their Kickstarter HERE.)
Without further ado, here is our review!
Track 1: Kaiju King
Right off the bat, you feel yourself immediately start this melodic journey by being thrust into a Japanese monster movie, and you are the king of the monsters!
“Death has come to Tokyo!”
This monster is powerful. It towers over the large booming city of Tokyo. It is unstoppable, just as this driving, pulsing riff implies. I’d love to see this monster take a good swing at Godzilla and knock him flat.
Track 2: Atlas
“The world on my shoulders, I stand tall
Unfaltered by the woes of man.
Alone with the struggle, I am
In Greek mythology, Atlas was one of the Titans that ended up bearing the curse of holding up the universe after the ten-year battle known as Titanomachy, during which the Titans fought the Olympians. He is the symbol of endurance and strength, and this song does a brilliant narrative on his behalf by mirroring his fight and struggle. Condemned to be the sole being to rest the entire cosmos literally on his shoulders, he proves that he is, and will always be, a Titan.
Track 3: Bug Hunt
“Guns on mechanical arms
Kill with ease
But keep your shotgun handy
For close encounters.”
This is quite a song–and by that I mean this is a song about blindly following orders from an army (with the biggest guns). What is this army fighting? I’m glad you asked.
Well, it seems that Mega Colossus has discovered some planet somewhere far further than the government will let us civilians see; and that planet is infested with large, dangerous…bugs.
I’ve never heard a song about hunting bugs that I’ve jammed out to so much. Frankly, I never thought I’d be saying those words in a sentence together either.
That being said, on my list of songs about bugs, this definitely takes the top spot.
Track 4: Navigator
“No time to spare
We’ll get you there
These human ways are ours to dare
This is one hell of a cruising-down-the-road-in-a-90-degree-humid-summer-night song. Where do you want to go? Where will you end up? The answers wait, the choice is yours. Get going.
Track 5: The Mountain That Rides (Live at Local 506)
Whoa! Is this an Iron Maiden song I’m not familiar with?? Honestly, I had to google “the mountain that rides iron maiden” to make sure this wasn’t a cover. Nope, Google confirmed that this is 100% pure, unfiltered Mega Colossus. This song is like getting whipped in the back of the head with the butt of a sword handle–but, like… in a good way!
Track 6: Sea of Stars (Live at Local 506)
“Here now we brave the lands and sea
For fortune thrills and wine
Desiring only to be free
Partners in heroic deeds and crimes..”
When I say this is an EPIC of a song, I mean epic like the freaking Iliad by Homer.
What a journey Mega Colossus lays out before us. The sea is made of stars, and the stars create a sea, where the possibilities are endless. If your spirit is thirsty enough for adventure and your mind is strong and willing, you must sail forth and embrace the new direction the universe has thrown you into.
I don’t know about you, but I NEED to get my hands on one of these vinyls when they become available! Trust me, you’re going to want to grab this record as soon as it debuts, you will not be disappointed. Prepare for a legendary quest with the warriors in the army of Mega Colossus at your side, and don’t forget: Raise your hammer high!
Edited by Samantha Crocker