CD: Regain Records RR0311-043 
Bringer of Closure
Resorting to War
Collapse" is Puissance's long awaited follow-up to "Total Cleansing"
and it was worth the 3 years wait. The music is still the same great 'neo
classical industrial' that the Swedish duo H. Möller and F. Söderlund
have been doing before.
The album starts with 'Trace Elements' that already by the first
two minutes of song, makes clear that the album will continue were "Total
Cleansing" left off. Military themes and percursion with epic neoclassical
synths, electronic beats and spoken vocals throught all the record (except
on 'Raining Vengeance' where you can hear some singing).
Only two of the tracks don't follow this successful formula: the outro
('Chemical') which is more ambient oriented with no lyrics and
some voice sampling on the background, synth choirs, and the title song
'State Collapse' which is a pure slow and beautyful neoclassical
piece. It was originally released on the untitled Sorhin/Puissance split-7
(Svartvintras Productions) in 2003 with the title 'The Sword of Christ'.
I guess the band realised that it wasn't a very fitting title and renamed
it to 'State Collapse'.
The lyrics are now a bit more political oriented, but still keep the same
misanthropy. Also the neoclassical parts are a bit more evidential and
carefully arranged. Certainly an album to look forward and more interesting
than the band's current side projects Arditi and Carinou (that is by the
way the worst album i have heard this year, avoid like the plague).