Coldworker
The Contaminated Void


2.0
poor

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
January 25th, 2007 | 18 replies | 4,168 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Coldworker's debut album can be described with a plethora of adjectives, such as heavy, brutal, heavy, brutal, heavy...and brutal. Literally.

I hate the cold. This morning I was waiting for the bus to take me to my science exam. But it never came. -28 degree weather isn't fun to stand around in for forty minutes. Trust me on that one. Yet, metal bands like Wintersun, Norther, and Immortal seem to be able to take that frostbitten coldness and make it into an enjoyable slab of, well…cold frostbitten metal. And while I don't really know what the general stance on the cold from death metal bands is, a band going by the name of Coldworker was somewhat intriguing. Formed in 2006 by drummer Anders Jakobson, formally drummer of Grind band Nasum, in Orebro, Sweden, the death metal quintet already has one album to their credit. Released January 23 in the United States, the 39 minute debut titled, The Contaminated Void, is quite an intense production. Yet, disappointingly, it doesn't fare all that well when you look past that aspect.

But we'll get to that later. What The Contaminated Void does well is offer listeners an excessively brutal platter of death metal. Songs like the opener, The Interloper, the album's title track, or A Custom Made Hell all include blindingly heavy guitars, drumming, and pretty much everything. And the guys in Coldworker sound pretty decent, firing monstrous, technical sounding riffs off at top speed. Long time fans of death metal should particularly enjoy this aspect of the band, as it is by for the best done, and it appears as though it is where Coldworker spent most of its time fine tuning. Throughout The Contaminated Void, emphasis is put on creating a destructive, chaotic barrage of riffing and blast beats, and the band succeeds at creating such an atmosphere in pretty much every song, with The Interloper, in my opinion, being the highlight.

So what is so bad about The Contaminated Void that drags it down to levels of mediocrity? Simple. The lack of variation shown throughout the album is shocking. Every song, from The Interloper to Generations Decay, sounds exactly the same. If you thought DragonForce or Hammerfall were far too samey and predictable, then I would not recommend checking out this record, because quite frankly, they make the likes DragonForce sound experimental and original. And while lack of variety is never a good thing, the problem worsens do to the lack of interestingness that the album offers. As the album's closing songs roll around, listeners will breath collective sighs of relief, as The Contaminated Void becomes a rather annoying chore to listen to all the way though. While the riffs might have been entertaining in The Interloper, An Unforgiving Season, or D.E.A.D., the oft recycled guitar lines simply cannot maintain the momentum for 39 minutes.

While the musicianship found in Coldworker's debut album is somewhat impressive, the album does not really merit more than a few listens. While some death-heads should enjoy the brutal direction the band takes, the album's tediousness renders it practically unlistenable. The only song you really need to hear from the album is The Interloper, as all thirteen other tracks sound exactly the same. There is definitely better death metal out there, and I expect The Contaminated Void to be one of the year's weaker releases. Unless you're a fan of brutal (both in the positive and negative sense) metal, there isn't really anything interesting here, move along folks.

Recommended Tracks:
The Interloper



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Mikesn
Emeritus
January 25th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hella short review. But there isn't really much to say.

Kaleid
January 25th 2007



709 Comments


:lol: That's the best 'short' review I've read on this site
I've never heard this. And judging by what you said about it, I'd rather stand at a bus shelter in the freezing cold rather than listen to it. Metal definitely needs more variety :evil:

Tyler
Emeritus
January 25th 2007



7924 Comments


I hear you, it was -20 today here too.

Kaleid
January 25th 2007



709 Comments


Out the wind, the sun was red-hot in the UK today. I was sweating.
That's global warming for you.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2007



15693 Comments


review more cranberries

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Mikesn
Emeritus
January 26th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I've never heard this. And judging by what you said about it, I'd rather stand at a bus shelter in the freezing cold rather than listen to it. Metal definitely needs more variety
Haha, I should put something like that in the end.

review more cranberries
The only one I haven't reviewed is the Greatest Hits.

Dethtrasher
January 26th 2007



2211 Comments


Hella short review. But there isn't really much to say.

Thats how I think when some of my reviews turns out to shorter. But this one was good, votes from me.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 26th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks Deth.

Wizard
January 26th 2007



18778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You continuously write great reviews, even when the album is terrible. This album is pathetic from start to finish (why the hell would Relapse Records put these guys on their roster beats the hell out of me). I always enjoy reading your reviews, especially your power metal ones! This Message Edited On 01.26.07

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Mikesn
Emeritus
January 26th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

(why the hell would Relapse Records put these guys on their roster beats the hell out of me).
Maybe because of his work with Nasum? I don't know. But yeah, it's bad. :p

Uh, thanks for compliments. Glad you like reading them.This Message Edited On 01.26.07

Wizard
January 26th 2007



18778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mikesn
This is true (I just looked up that little bit of info on the Relapse Records website). Nasum are fucking awesome!! Thank you for correcting my ignorant comment. I cant say all of my comments are well researched.

lospokey
July 22nd 2007



87 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I bought this album, hoping it wouldn't be a nasum copycat, and it wasn't. But it was a big disappointment. I expected way better tunes, but what I got was songs that sounded like the band just threw them all together in about 3 practices and recorded a album. Poor album but not the worst ever.

Wizard
August 12th 2008



18778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is way better than I originally thought. Bump!

krig9412
July 26th 2010



791 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait, were you expecting variety from a death metal band formed from members of a grind band? What would that be called, um, high expectations?

dr2den
July 26th 2010



1342 Comments


oooo

Relinquished
July 26th 2010



22378 Comments


good job replying two years later

bailar11
July 26th 2010



2433 Comments


lmao users probably moved on in life now

slipnslide
April 16th 2013



2640 Comments


no they didnt



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