Kent post-rock band Coldbones’ sophomore album “The Cataclysm” is a perfect example of the band’s phenomenal ability to explore and tell a story through the atmosphere and ferocious groove.
Drenched in shimmering reverb comes the suspenseful guitar of opening track “The Flooding of The World”. This melody crescendoes up before crashing distortion comes flooding into the midst. It is from this point that the full force of the band comes clear and as a listener, you know what you’ve got yourself in for. This track really is a march into battle for the rest of the album.
“The Cataclysm presents a fictional take on two catastrophic events. The album draws inspiration from past catastrophes as well as works of fiction from various sources”, explains the band on their forthcoming epic.
“‘The Flooding of the World’ and the tracks that follow draw attention to the raw, natural power of wind and rain, along with the rising sea levels of a great flood, barraging against the highest of land and plunging all into darkness.”
The band goes on to talk about the second half of the album.
“As the debris and remains of life ascend towards the light of the sun, ‘The Burning of the Earth’ begins. Thus, a silent, haunting landscape unfolds, worlds apart from the species and vegetation that once populated the earth, now left in ruin and soon to be extinct. For the seldom few that have survived, distress signals are transmitted in a desperate attempt for salvation.”
Songs such as “Collapse” and “Tide” pick the pace up with booming drums and pummeling bass. The way the band moves so seamlessly on many of the tracks from aggressive, hammering guitars to sweet melodic intervals is a great demonstration of their knowledge of dynamics and feel.
Track 5 “Ascend” is a short piece constructed of acoustic arpeggios and echoing reverb. Clocking in at just over two minutes, this song comes as an eye in the hurricane against the burning intensity of the rest of the album.
It is clear how the band let their instruments do the talking all over this project – what a massive sound from just 3 people!
When listening to this album, you can realize how well thought out the organization of each track was and how, although each piece is striking on its own, you can really capture the vision of the band when stepping back and seeing the album as a whole. “The Cataclysm” is out on Dunk! Records on the 17th of April 2020.
Review: Harry Bunker
Coldbones – ‘The Cataclysm’
Out 17th April 2020 via Dunk! Records
1. The Flooding Of The World
6. The Burning Of The Earth
Nick Suchak – Bass
Max Parr – Drums
Jordan Gilbert – Guitar