Mega Colossus – Riptime (Album Review)

Release Date: December 17th 2021 - Rafchild Records

Mega Colossus is a heavy metal band from the USA forming in 2005 as Colossus and releasing their debut album ‘…And The Rift Of The Pan-Dimensional Undergods’ in 2008. Two E.P.’s followed – ‘Drunk On Blood’ (2009) and ‘…And The Sepulcher Of The Mirror Warlocks’ (2012) – before the band changed their name to the harder hitting, bigger impacting Mega Colossus. The newly named band released its debut album ‘Hyperglaive’ in 2016. A third E.P. ‘V’ emerged in 2019, with the band releasing their third album ‘Riptime’ in 2021.

Featuring just seven songs over a fast and furious forty minutes, Mega Colossus have hardened their sound with this release. The band’s root sound is still heavy metal, although there are now aggressive, thrash metal traits sprayed throughout the entire album. Take album opener ‘Razor City’ as a prime example – rocketing into life at breakneck speed, it takes no prisoners! The pace is phenomenal, moving heads back and forth at blinding speed. As album openers go, ‘Razor City’ is one of the most electrifying I have heard for some time. What an opening shot! And without pausing for breath, Mega Colossus keeps the hammer down for the traditional metaller ‘Midnight Zone’. The intensity of the opening thrash-inspired ‘Razor City’ does drop a little for ‘Midnight Zone’ – dropping more into the band’s “comfort zone”. But what a comfort zone it is – highly infectious with a tremendous foot on monitor feel.
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‘Vigilo Confido’ (always vigilant), maintains the previous song’s traditional metal feel, galloping on with pace and purpose, and that all-important sing-along style chorus break. Wow, the intensity has been unrelenting, with zero chance to catch a breath!
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‘Tinker Tanner’ may change down a gear, but the metal furor remains fully intact. The more mid-tempo march does provide a little breather to the album’s overall scorching tirade, but you know with a band like Mega Colossus there ain’t gonna be many breathers. So make the most of this one, for the future looks fast – fast and furious! With its crescendo building intro, ‘Run To The Fight’ soon breaks into a searing all hells broke loose, kinda rampage. The electrifying pace of the album’s opener has made an emphatic return, along with a level of aggression not heard before. And at seven minutes in length ‘Run To The Fight’ chimes in as the second-longest song on the album.

And by stark contrast, at under four minutes in length, ‘Boiling Seas’ is the shortest song on offer, and is a blistering tsunami of thrash-inspired fury. The headbang ability of ‘Boiling Seas’ is off the fucking scale, with mosh pits a blurred frenzy of heads violently rocking back and forth. And the final song arrives, all eight and a half minutes of it! ‘Iron Rain’ is as unrelenting as everything else on the album – romping along at a fast and furious pace. Yet Mega Colossus still manages to inject a melodic streak that makes ‘Iron Rain’ infectious and highly addictive – which to be fairly honest are must-haves when you consider how long the song is!

Overall, with a barrage of blistering heavy metal and thrash nuances, ‘Riptime’ is a fast, furious, and aggressive forty minutes.


Razor City
Midnight Zone
Vigilo Confido
Tinker Tanner
Run To The Fight
Boiling Seas
Iron Rain

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Release Year: 2021
Label: Rafchild Records
Category: Album
Country: USA

Reviewed by Iron Mathew for Frenzy Fire, Metal Gods TV, and Metal-Roos.