Release Year: 2001
Record Label: NOISEPLUS Records
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock & Pop, Electronic, Rock, Industrial, Ethereal
1 Transfer 3:58 Guitar [Additional] Tim Pierce Mixed By Billy Bowers
2 Wings Of Steel 5:36
3 Razor Sharp 4:52 Featuring, Guitar [Additional] Tim Pierce
4 Dreamsleep 5:22 Guitar [Additional] Chris Candelaria, Tim Pierce, William Faith
5 White Rabbit 3:41 [Awesome cover. The original is a psychedelic rock/acid rock song from Jefferson Airplane]
Guitar [Additional] William Faith
Written-By Grace Slick
this version is so eerie. i absolutely love it. i love the original but i love how? this sounds. still trippy as all hell.
6 Frozen 5:01
7 Halo 6:18 Sitar Fritz Heede
8 Monochrome 4:56 Vocals [Additional] Monica Richards
9 Ocean 5:24
10 Like You Want To Believe 3:39 Guitar [Additional] Kevin Kipnis
Karin (vocals); Statik (programming).
Additional personnel: William Faith, Chris Candelaria, Kevin Kipnis (guitar); Fritz Heede (sitar); Monica Richards (background vocals).
Recorded at Noiseplus Studio, Los Angeles, California.
Recording information: Noiseplus Studio, L.A., CA.
5.0 out of 5 stars KaRIN And The White Rabbit Collide On The Way To Wonderland,
If Tim Burton remade the film ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘Chasing The Ghost’ would be the soundtrack. With its slow, melodic pace and electronic dissonant sound evoking a near trance-state, the listener is progressively hypnotized with each successive track moving you deeper and deeper into a dreamy, surreal world of multi-layered shadow.
KaRIN is not so much singing, but whispering to us to follow her on a journey down the rabbit hole. It has a somewhat disquieting affect, as though someone else is listening in and she doesn’t want them to hear.
All -10 tracks- work well together as they seamlessly weave there way through the ever-shifting darkness. I particularily enjoyed -track 4- ‘Dreamsleep’, -track 5- ‘White Rabbit’ (great cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic) and -track 8- ‘Monochrome.’
So turn out the lights and sit back and enjoy. No need to light any candles, the Cheshire Cat will arrive shortly and his glowing eyes and wide, mocking grin will provide all the illumination necessary.
5.0 out of 5 stars In the river of darkness there is a light,
For the longest time I’ve been wanting to express my feelings towards this extraordinary record and have failed miserably at every thwarted attempt. Theres simply no just way to articulate how wonderful it is for me to have this unparalleled masterpiece in my collection (I actually feel honored) and even now I’m at a loss for words. At this point, depletion has taken over and I’m at my lowest low with frustration but I’m determined to take a pathetic shot at praising Collides most accomplished effort to date because this truly is a work of art.
I’ve owned ‘Chasing The Ghost’ for well over a year now and its been in heavy rotation ever since. Its hands-down my favorite album and nothings come remotely close to outdoing that position. Many people describe their music as erotic and I’d have to agree with them. KaRINs voice is like a dark siren call thats seductive and distinctly alluring as her ethereal singing style caress the senses with poetic lyrics and beats laced with trance-like quality.
As much as I love their debut, ‘Beneath The Skin’, and their latest release, some Kind Of Strange’, ‘Chasing The Ghost’ is lifetimes ahead of them both and far less alternative. Collides remix excursion with ‘Distort’ apparently set the groundwork for a more electronic-based sound that fuses guitars and drums with a dancier EBM flow thats incredibly hypnotic. Collide (a two person group: kaRIN – voice/lyrics, and Statik – “noise”) may never garner the inconceivable attention and recognition they deserve but, in my eyes, they will forever remain one of the worlds greatest Goth bands. The melodies are all unforgettable and they never cease to draw me in deep as they run with remarkable consistency. And while every track is beyond amazing, none other has surpassed the trip-hop of “Razor Sharp” as my all-time favorite Collide song.
This is sure going to be hard to exceed.
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEER BRILLENCE (and then some),
Normally I dont write album reviews, but this is a truely remarkable album. There should be a warning sticker on the cover saying that it is more addictive than crack cocaine- yes, boys and girls it is that good.
If you like-Faithless, Sisters of Mercy, Massive Attack, Delerium, Portishead, Garbage or Curve you will more than love this.
The CD combines an absolutely gorgeous female voice with stunning soundscapes and grooves which hit you in various ways.
The closest that can be compared to is Curve, who despite my great love for have well and truely been knocked off there perch. Don’t pass this album up!
5.0 out of 5 stars *Chasing the Ghost*,
I got this cd without ever hearing a single song of collide. i read about them in a magazine (dark realms) and i just thought “wow, i have to check out this band”. i ordered this cd and fell in love. Chasing the Ghost is amazing. Its haunting, its seductive, its emotional, making it a great listen. Wings of steel is probably one of my favorite songs on the album. The sounds of the rain and thunder at the beginning of the song are a perfect touch, added to the whole “gothickness” of this particular song. kaRINs vocals are beautiful. It really adds to the mood of the whole cd, making it even better and more enjoyable to listen too. Chasing the Ghost is a wonderful cd, and everyone should at least check it out, because if you dont, you are truly missing out on an amazing industrial/gothic band.
5.0 out of 5 stars like you want to believe,
I finally got around to buying Collides “Chasing the Ghost”. I bought their last studio album “Some Kind of Strange” several months ago and liked what I heard. I was quickly reminded of Switchblade Symphony and Curve with its sensual vocals and trip hop-influenced grooves. I had been putting off “Chasing the Ghost” for awhile because I kept finding cds that I really wanted. I finally got “Chasing the Ghost” in the mail yesterday and have been listening to the cd non-stop. I absolutely love kaRINs sensual vocals. She reminds me of Toni Halliday of the band Curve as well as Lucia Cifarelli of KMFDM/MDFMK/Drill fame. As good as “Some Kind of Strange” is, I find myself enjoying “Chasing the Ghost” slightly more. I was rather blown away with the duos cover of Jefferson Airplanes “White Rabbit”. When I first listened to the song, I didn’t recognize the song but I knew I had heard it before and then I looked on the back of the cd and saw it was the old Jefferson Airplane song. Collide gives a darker edge to the psychedelic classic rock song. I thought it was cool that Faith and the Muses William Faith and Monica Richard contributes on the album for a couple of tracks. William Faith contributes his guitar playing on “White Rabbit” and “Dreamsleep” while Monica sings background vocals on “Monochrome”. All those songs are great songs. kaRIN sounds incredible on all the songs. I particularly loved listening to her sing on “Razor Sharp” and “Dreamsleep”, two of my personal songs on the cd. Statik does an equally great job giving the music that dark, sensual, electronic edge. Collide is truly one of the better up and coming neo-goth bands that exists today.
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Witching Hour,
This album is so darkly ethereal and richly textured that I yearn for the poets ability to paint a vivid word picture of its seductive sound. Sadly, I am not the world reknown poet any review of this album demands, but simply your average music lover, and after musing over it so long my brain cramps, the best I can come up with is something like. “Hey, what do you get when you cross a goth chick with a computer geek?” So you will just have to use your imagination.
Imagine the perfect song for a lovesick vampire. Imagine what moonlight peeking through gathering stormclouds sounds like. Imagine a Hammer horror movie with a Moby soundtrack. Imagine the distant music that haunts the dreams of some half-mad hero from an H.P. Lovecraft story. Imagine the perfect CD for your date with that fair-skinned lovely with the black lipstick and fingernail polish.
Imagine closing your eyes and feeling the sound sweep over you, setting you hair on end and your soul on fire.
Then stop imagining it and order this CD. Wait for a dark and stormy night and slip it in. Set your imagination free on midnite wings…
5.0 out of 5 stars old guy review,
Now, I don’t want to scare under-30 persons away from Collide. I was turned on to Collide by a 20-something person. And, there are some tracks which are a little too intense for my sensitivities, and I’m not heavily into remixes. It was the covers “White Rabbit” on this one, and “Preacher Man” and “Whip It” on Distort that first caught my attention. But what made Collide a must-have is their variety. You just can’t type them. They are so creative, so inventive. So, if some old person comes across this review by accident somehow, give them a listen. And note that you can’t get the feel from a 20-second clip. And, young people: don’t worry. I still don’t like most of the goth I hear.
5.0 out of 5 stars Appeals to the Gothic music tastes,
I was amazed to find that the recomendation system actually worked. This album is fantastic. Not a bad song in the bunch. My favorites are ‘Wings of Steel’, ‘White Rabbit’ (very cool version of the Grace Slick song), ‘Frozen’ and ‘Ocean’. The closest comparisons in music types are Rose Chronicles, Wench, and a touch of recent Delerium or Heather Nova. Dead Can Dance are possibly the closest “well known” group I can think of. It doesn’t matter, I highly recommend this CD
5.0 out of 5 stars …….Chasing the Ghost of time…….,
This is an incredible album. When I first listened to it, I knew right away that this was something special, something wonderful. I knew that I liked it right away. But it took the next couple of listens to really appreciate the masterpiece of ‘Chasing the Ghost’. I haven’t taken it out of rotation since I got it.
kaRINs super sexy vocals are perfect for the dark, moody soundscapes Statik creates. Her voice and the music fit each other perfectly, like two matching puzzle pieces. What she does with her voice is incredible. Together, the two members of Collide make a wonderful whole.
I’m brand new to Goth and Industrial music but I have definitely loved what I’ve heard so far. I am exceedingly glad I started my collection with this album. It is a perfect intro to the Goth music newbie. I am, without a doubt, going to grab everything I can find by Collide! They are severly underrated and I think, in my humble opinion, that everybody needs to hear this album.
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