You know those times when you try to cry but you’re so devoid of feeling? The essence of this album seems to lay very much within conquering just that.
With songs such as ‘Shine’ which tells all about using music as a remedy, the powerful voice and equally powerful instrumentation convey a hope for a better future, a wish to rid the numbness and to justfall in love with life again. Between this track and the next it’s like receiving a gentle heart squeeze, investigating what feelings might be buried. With its thick fuzz and crunch of guitars, yet clean, descriptive vocals ‘Snowblind’ has much more of a post-grunge feel to it and quite literally begs you to turn the music loud if life feels almost over.
Scooter Ward’s strong voice lends a gorgeous edge to the cover of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol and the music is every bit as moving as the vocals. It aches in a courageously longing and lovely way and with far more melody than the original.
The deep and meaningful music may play with your emotions but you’re never left feeling alone, as this album rather cleverly holds your hand throughout the journey. ‘Beautiful life’ with its gentle piano and strings, has honest words which seem to wrestle against the softness, outwardly pleading for a reprieve from pain for just long enough to be able to enjoy life but it still feels like the musical equivalent of a rainbow. ‘Without you’ and ‘Quiet Now’ are both songs that are quite clearly about missing someone and yet they begin to fill the void with their comforting structure and chorus hooks whilst the song ‘Better Human’ is like a warm reassuring hug from an old friend.
COLD have seemingly managed the impossible with this album; retaining classic COLD song structure and passion and yet delivering a totally new direction in the band’s sound. There is a sweet charm blended well into the messages contained within this album, that will make you want to listen to it over and over again. Though maybe you should keep some tissues close by for those unexpected tears.
Album Release: 13.09.2019
4. The Devil We Know
5. Run (Snow Patrol cover)
6. Better Human
7. Without You
8. Quiet Now
9. The One That Got Away
10. Systems Fail
11. Beautiful Life
12. We All Love
More Info About Cold:
At the turn of the century, the band unveiled the seminal “13 Ways To Bleed On Stage,” which went gold and yielded hits such as “Just Got Wicked,” “No One,” and “End of the World.” The 2003 follow-up, “Year of the Spider,” marked their highest chart position, bowing at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, receiving a gold certification, and spawning the smash “Stupid Girl” accompanied by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. 2005’s “A Different Kind of Pain” illuminated melodic strides to the tune of 37,000-plus copies sold first-week and a Top 30 debut. Meanwhile, 2011’s “Superfiction” continued this streak, crashing the Top 10 of the Top Rock Albums Chart upon arrival and extending a growing legacy.