"...we British have stood alone ... sustained by our own unconquerable will-power ... In these British Islands that look so small upon the map...
- Winston Churchil, The Old Lion (June 16, 1941)
Just as Black Sabbath brought heavy music from humble roots, it was from these shores that Heavy Metal was brought to World. Where Iron Maiden brought Harmony, Motorhead brought speed. Where Napalm Death brought brutality, Carcass brought precision. Collapse follow on from the UK's finest heavy metal traditions, while pulling influence and inspiration from bands the world over.
Formed in London in late 2009 by guitarist Andy Ongley (Chaosanct) and vocalist Duncan Wilkinson (Needleye), the sole intention of this band was to make no compromise and take no prisoners. Bassist Andre Purvis (Almamorta), guitarist Charlie Webster (Kraynium) and powerhouse drummer Scott Harris would not only cement the line up, but also their core values of dedication, passion, honesty and worship of the almighty riff.
In February 2010 Collapse entered the studio to begin recording. March however, saw the band being asked to open up the Hammerfest festival and April saw them being asked to record their own take on Judas Priest's classic "Between the Hammer & the Anvil" for Metal Hammer magazine. The completion of their debut EP Scar the Silence with Rohan Onraet (Slipknot/Machine Head) signalled that Collapse were about to carve a very big name for themselves and it was on the strength of this material that the band were requested to play the second stage at the UK's Bloodstock Open Air festival.
2011 saw the band further cementing their reputation for quality live performance, opening the second stage at the UK's prestigious Download festival alongside both UK and European supports to DevilDriver, Clutch, Sodom, Armored Saint, Die Hard, Malefice & Gwar.
Drawing from the European melodic metal of acts such as The Haunted and Carcass, but infused with the crushing grooves of US bands like Lamb of God and Pantera, Collapse are proud torchbearers for the future of heavy metal and everything that it means to the legions of fans worldwide.
Please join us in welcoming Collapse to Alt-Fest for a power trip you will never forget!