In the tradition of acts such as Apoptygma Berzerk, Imperative Reaction, or ReWork, Colony 5's first full-length release merges a strong European synth-pop sense and harder electro. Lifeline introduces Colony 5 as an act that knows its genre well, manipulating clear and strong synth chorus over strong, compelling beats. Colony 5 has found its point of difference in its bandmembers' bright and clear voices -- there is not a single murky moment in Lifeline between the dark electro-pop anthems and characteristically smooth vocal style.
The clarity is perhaps possible because of the simplicity. Lifeline is not about texture or layered complexity, but instead plays to the electro type while maintaining its own flavor. "Be My Slave" sets the agenda with powerful dance tones and driving bass at the outset, and from that point even electro-ballads such as "Freedom" do not stray too far from this.
It is unfortunate that the simplicity is also rendered in the sentiment of the lyrics, to the extent where at times they can undermine the otherwise powerful melody. The release's alternative lifestyle statement, "Stay Young," doesn't get far past clubbing ("I want to party all night long/making love to all the girls"), and a similar approach reigns through much of the emotional and lyrical content of Lifeline -- some listeners may want to tune them out.
This creates the sense of more music than material, and that perhaps the release is stretched over 11 tracks despite the musical execution. However, listeners looking for dark and simple goth-like synth-pop may find some new favorites on Lifeline.