When they released their debut album critics said: “If Time & Eternal is just the beginning, we could be looking at a long career for Colossus.” Now Colossus is building on that foundation with their sophomore album Badlands, out September 16. Badlands combines the ambition and spirit of the band’s debut with their progressive hardcore aesthetic and an ambience relatively new to their sound.
Badlands is a term for dry terrain that has been stripped bare by wind and water. The album carries that theme with energetic anthems designed to identify with the struggles of the human condition; namely loneliness, and the feelings of isolation that can be so difficult to navigate. The title also pays homage to Colossus’ home state of South Dakota and its vast badlands formations where the harsh erosion and desolation of the ground can often give way to a spectacular colour display. The irony of the beauty found in the treacherous terrain isn’t lost on Colossus as the theme of finding encouragement in tragedy is one that is at the forefront of Badlands.