There aren’t many local bands that show as much promise as Kingdom Collapse. Their sound isn’t created on a computer, but on their respective instruments. To them, Kingdom Collapse isn’t merely a band, but a lifestyle. It’s their way of thinking, and bringing excellence back to this genre.
Kingdom Collapse is the combined efforts of Joshua Wolford (vocals), Jonathan Norris (lead guitar), Cameron Huser (clean vocals/bass), Micheal Childress (rhythm guitar), and Hayden Allen (drums). In January, they released ‘Common Ground‘ on all major platforms, which consisted of three songs.
The song “Bottom Feeder” was first released as a single, to showcase the band’s diversity. There’s heavy riffs, blasting drums, harsh vocals, and even soft sections of the song. “Bottom Feeder” shows off the vocals of both Joshua and Cameron, in an amazing combination of screams and cleans. Next, “Dear Dad” is a heart-breaking story of the loss of a father, and continuing in life without him. Joshua Wolford openly spoke about the loss of his father at Kingdom Collapse’s debut show, sharing his heart for those who have suffered a loss. Guitarist Jonathan Norris also shares this sentiment, having lost his father at a very young age. You’ll hear these deep-rooted feelings in the lyrics:
There’s been a collision,
God called your father home,
Everything is spinning,
This is out of control,
Where my heart used to be it’s become just a hole
This song shows off Wolford’s lyrical style, and its carefully interwoven nature into the music. Lastly, the song “Serenity” ends the EP on a sort of anthemic note. Musically, the instruments all compliment one another, making for interesting listen. The two soft guitar leads in the intro fit perfectly, and transition the song into the verse. If you listen closely enough, you’ll even hear Huser singing in the chorus, behind Wolford’s dominating screams. At the end, the lyrics sum up the song in a few lines:
My hands are bare to nothing,
My lungs are barely breathing,
But this is what I was meant to do,
I know no other love like You
Although there are only a few songs, ‘Common Ground‘ gives listeners an idea of what to expect from Kingdom Collapse. I wholeheartedly believe that the sky is the limit for these young men, and this is only the beginning of their journey. In my opinion, if you are a fan of Miss May I, As I Lay Dying, or Killswitch Engage, you should look into spending the $3 for their EP.