Cold World
Dedicated To Babies Who Came Feet First


3.5
great

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
July 27th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a merge of two contrasting environments pays off.

Cold World's previous effort 'Ice Grillz' was a novel, simplistic portrayal of rudimentary hardcore fused with a hip-hop presence. It included everything from Wu-Tang Clan samples to the drummer stepping up to DJ the group’s productions. The record was a solid if not gimmicky work and somewhere along the line the hype behind the group caught up to Deathwish. In turn we are presented with the well anticipated record 'Dedicated to Babies Who Came Feet First' which compared to the debut features a much more prominent metal influence as is usually for the bands on Deathwish. Going a little off subject, Paint it Black's 'New Lexicon' released earlier this year kind of gave me hope for the new Cold World. Dalek producer Oktopus was heavily involved in the production of that record and it feels so appropriately. Cold World as well is certainly not negatively affected by this idea of rap and hardcore fusing as one. 'Dedicated' presents an atmosphere that is simply nonexistent in any other hardcore group. Subtle lyrical references to rap classics, random incorporations of electronic drums, the excellent and raw sounding samples. Cold World is easily feeding their supposed image, but beyond that they also possess the ability to write some damn good songs.

In examining the sound presented on this record we only need to look at the title track. Starting off with a punk based riff that would sound more at place on their debut the track lyrically presents us with an image of the rural area of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Like most of Pennsylvania Wilkes Barre is a mix of city life with the enormous amount of rural areas that the state is known for. The issues that lead singer Dan Mills touches on seem to be a meeting point between these two environments. Musically the song brilliantly uses samples in its chorus with the calls of 'my life, my life, my life, my life'. Transitioning straight from the chorus into a bridge featuring Blacklisted vocalist George Hirsch provides a great counterpoint to Dan Mills somewhat redundant vocals. The song breaks into an excellent breakdown as it finishes off in an epic manner. While I love how sparingly the samples are used on this record it does seem like the best songs on the record succeed by implementing some form of hip-hop into otherwise by the book hardcore. 'Liars, Thieves' is another clear highlight with its drum machine transitions making the group come off as a legitimately interesting rap / hardcore hybrid and not the least bit nu-metally.

Negatives can be easily found on this record though. Singer Mills is an easy mark for the sometimes lacking heaviness of the group. The two backing vocalists do a good job of providing a heavier edge, but the lead of Cold World is certainly not the band's strong point. Other complaints can be filed towards the fact that Cold World isn't really presenting anything new besides the incorporation of some hip-hop gimmicks. The music here is basically derivative of mid-90s hardcore groups like Biohazard and Life of Agony and while those aren't bands that have seen a revival lately it is still not going to provide the group with as much respect as say a group like Paint it Black or Modern Life is War. The mid-tempo approach leaves some songs coming off as simply imitations of the actual classics on the album. Still, I don't think Cold World is going for something entirely new with this record and rather splicing together a supposed image of NYHC with the more urban side of that city's music and in that regard it works flawlessly.

All issues aside Cold World should be applauded with the rest of the Deathwish roster for releasing what has seemingly become a trend of consistent, interesting hardcore records. 'Dedicated to the Babies Who Came Feet First' isn't going to change anyone's mind about hardcore, but for those fans who have long worn out their copy of 'Urban Discipline' will find themselves right at home with tracks like 'Roaches and Rats'. Cold World's worldly perception obviously elicits their namesake and their entire sound is devoted to presenting that idea as a reality. If one thing can be said about 'Dedicated to Babies Who Came Feet First' it is that they have certainly done that.



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kattunlover69
July 27th 2008


1194 Comments


hardcore+rap

intriguing

Doppelganger
July 27th 2008


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just missed seeing these guys

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 28th 2008


4927 Comments


...the rural area of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Like most of Pennsylvania Wilkes Barre is a mix of city life with the enormous
semi-contradicting.
I can't see hardcore and rap mixing well whatsoever.This Message Edited On 07.27.08

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 28th 2008


2125 Comments


Good review. I'm not a big fan of this but it's solid.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2008


16089 Comments


This is good.

botb
July 28th 2008


9689 Comments


they were better when they just stuck to hardcore imo, but i'll give this a listen.

Polaris
July 28th 2008


246 Comments


As a baby that came feet first I feel obligated to listen to this.

taylormemer
July 28th 2008


4917 Comments


I can't remember if I came feet first or not.

brandtweathers
July 29th 2008


2007 Comments


not a big fan either. reminds me of a mediocre taste of two genres instead of anything novel.

SorrowLyric
July 29th 2008


119 Comments


This was one of the first lesser known rap groups I looked into. I didn't care for them too much.

beans
July 29th 2008


2332 Comments


im a bit aprehensive about a hardcore and rap fusion but ill give this a listen sometime
good review as well

taylormemer
July 29th 2008


4917 Comments


^^
You wont get too far with an attitude like that.

beans
July 29th 2008


2332 Comments


oh snap son

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 29th 2008


4927 Comments


lol

Let's Chop Cats!
July 29th 2008


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everyone here is fucking retarded, especially emilyy


Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2008


16089 Comments


If you didnt pick up on it emilyy is eliminator.
yes.

Let's Chop Cats!
July 29th 2008


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whose eliminator?

flamethisuser
July 29th 2008


395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's alright.

i really have nothing further to say on the matter.

foreverendeared
July 30th 2008


14678 Comments


whose eliminator?

he's your subconscienceThis Message Edited On 07.30.08

iamrockzorz
February 16th 2009


1029 Comments


this band is so gimmicky and average



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