Cold
Cold


3.0
good

Review

by thumbcrusher USER (8 Reviews)
July 28th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


'Cold' is the debut album from the band which shares its name and simply put, it's a glimpse of what was to come. Its heavy, loud, quiet and haunting which is how one could descrube Cold in a nutshell. It's a sort of grungy-metal. Fronting the band is Scooter Ward who, as '13 Ways To Bleed On Stage' would be guitarist Terry Basalmo's first contribution, was also a guitarists alongside Kelly Hayes, as well as playing piano. Jeremy Marshall and Sam McCandless complete the band on bass and drums respectively.

'Cold' is not often easy listening, its very raw and songs like 'Insane' could not be in a lower pitch and played more slowly. It would be very easy to turn around and just say, ""well that's just rubbish." But if you give this album your complete attention, you will be rewarded by seeing just how much potential these guys had (which would be realised on their next two albums). You'll see the gems in Marshall's pounding bass lines, Hayes' signature guitar and effects and McCandless' excellent drumming on the most basic of kits.

This is not Ward's best showing vocally in Cold. He mumbles a lot, which at first is not a negative as it fits with Cold and their style. It's more infuriating than anything, because he is very a talented and can sing beautifully if required and also be a very powerful, forceful vocalist. But when you get about five or six 'mumbling' songs in a row it can become tiresome. However, he does enough to show he can be a very good singer and on the album's stand out track 'Go Away,' which is arguably the heaviest, you see that when he is unleashed he can be brilliant.

He is not helped with the over-use of effects on his voice on several songs. But these can also detract from the music on songs like 'Superstar,' where there is just far too much trying to be done on what should be a good acoustic song. This is probably the worst song on the album as there is a decent acoustic line with one of Ward's better performances, and suddenly there is this effect (presumably from a guitar or bass) which is completely out of place with the song and appears to interrupt the song at random points. In the second half they chuck a load of effects at Ward's singing too and the song just completely falls apart.

However, the following song, 'The Switch' shows Cold can use these effects very well and is the song on which all the frustration of the previous few tracks are blown away. The guitar effect are used brilliantly and in this faster paced song Ward's voice fits perfectly and it just makes a very good rock song, and it's still very much Cold.

In some ways, you want the album to end here as it would be a satisfying ending. But you get an odd song, 'Makes Her Sick' which is not bad musically or vocally. It is actually probably the song which could finish the album summing everything perfectly. It's fast, but still and haunting. But the leading lyrics of the song are... well bizarre: "It makes her sick, it makes her throw up" is not exactly a piece of lyrical brilliance. Ward's songwriting had been very acceptable untill then but you get the feeling he had been rushed at this point or had just run out of ideas.

So, not a great finish to the album. But this is still a good album, it's not the album I would recommend to someone if I was introducing them to Cold, this is more the interesting album fans of Cold should pick up to see where it all began.

Best tracks:
'Go Away'
'Give'
'The Switch'



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thumbcrusher
July 28th 2010


3753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is my first review, be nice

random
July 28th 2010


2648 Comments


Good first review.

Digging: Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner

Inveigh
July 28th 2010


26281 Comments


hey a random sighting

Disconnected
July 28th 2010


486 Comments


Good review.

Romulus
July 28th 2010


8479 Comments


Cold was one of my gateway bands, still love 13 Ways. Very nice first review, this album can get pretty monotonous but Goodbye Cruel World, The Switch and Strip Her Down are all great tracks.

BigHans
February 11th 2011


28410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goodbye Cruel World rules.

Romulus
February 11th 2011


8479 Comments


it really does. they nailed this vibe on 13 ways. damn i wish they would go back

BigHans
February 11th 2011


28410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goodbye Cruel World was actually the first Cold song I ever heard. A buddy of mine who is easily their biggest fan (he has 3 Cold tattoos), played it for me in his mustang way back in the day.

Romulus
February 11th 2011


8479 Comments


hmm i don't know what the first one i heard was. my sister was a big fan of 13 ways back in the day and would play it for me, even though i didn't totally grasp it (i was really really young) i started getting into it. just got wicked was definitely the one i fell in love with first. as i got older i really began to appreciate the more emotional side

BigHans
February 11th 2011


28410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He was such a fanboy he thought Different Kind of Pain ruled. Which it most certainly did not.

Romulus
February 11th 2011


8479 Comments


yeah a different kind of pain was really poor. i wish they played into the more subdued vibe of the title track-- i really do dig that song-- but instead all the others are like bland, power-chord infused year of the spider b-sides

BigHans
February 11th 2011


28410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah pretty much agree.

WILSON5
February 22nd 2011


23 Comments


The debut album from this cutting edge gloom rock 4 piece showcases their talents quite well though not into the realms of brilliancy their future albums would contain.Scooter's singing is of a more accuired taste style than later albums but still memorable.The sonic canvas they shine upon this album is more of a raw bloated distortion than the atmospheric tapestries of later releases,but still plenty haunting.Their signature guitair effects are in full force though a bit all over the place in an album that may seem inconsistent and jumping back and forth between their various styles a bit too much,but still a masterpiece of raw despair and dark emotional connections and a hell of an auspacious beginning.

slipnslide
March 29th 2013


2639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

theier best album

Townsendium
June 27th 2013


51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review man, I love this album, Give being my favourite song. On this album Scoot likes to add a lot of extra 'R's into everything he says :P

slidenslip
October 16th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i still love these guys. they were my favorite band in like grade eight and nine and man hearing this album now is just awesome

BigHans
October 16th 2013


28410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great nostalgia album

slidenslip
October 16th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent nostalgia album haha

BigHans
October 16th 2013


28410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Either way I used to jam this hard m/



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