Rather than falling in lock step with the "flavors of the week" Gollum decided to stand out with their own originality. Blitzkrieg drumming, pulsating bass chords and hypnotic guitars highlighted this all-instrumental act. Mixed with overdubbed vocals but dominated by the instrumentation, they were able to leave the formulaic chorus-verse-chorus system of songwriting. Featuring the membership of Serge Stroehmer (bass), Frank Stroehmer (guitar), Josh Novicki (samples) and Gunter Holland (drums) they would release Promise Of Nightfall (2001), an EP with 66 tracks with most being only 3 minutes of silence with the 66th having a brief shouting session on the music, leaving the first 5 being tracks of substance. They followed it up with another EP release, the Dark House Demos (2002) featuring even deeper and more ambient instrumentation, the only track on it featuring grated vocals shouted over a barrage of music.