13 Ways to Bleed On Stage



by SameOldKid13 USER (1 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 31 replies

Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Cold - 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage (2000, Geffen)

Scooter Ward - Vocals
Jeremy Marshall - Bass
Sam McCandless - Drums
Terry Balsamo - Former Rhythm Guitar (2000 - 2004)
Kelly Hayes - Former Solo Guitar (1993 - 2004)
Eddie Rendini - Current Rhythm Guitar (formerly of Darwin's Waiting Room)
Matt Loughran - Current Solo Guitar (played with Scooter, Jeremy, and Sam before Kelly joined in early 90's, under the band name "Grundig")

Background Info
Cold began its journey in Jacksonville, Florida under the name of Grundig. In 1998, they released their debut album under A&M records (weeks before A&M defunct to Geffen). In 2000, Terry joined to replace Scooter's guitar so Scooter could concentrate on singing and the crowd. Terry played for Limp Bizket for a short time. Terry and Kelly left the band in 2004, and Cold picked up Eddie and Matt to continue on. They are currently writing songs and are soon to be in the studio recording their fourth record.


Track Listing
1. Just Got Wicked
2. She Said
3. No One
4. End of the World
5. Confession
6. It's All Good
7. Send in the Clowns
8. Same Drug
9. Anti-Love Song
10. Witch
11. Sick of Man
12. Outerspace
13. Bleed

Just Got Wicked
One of Cold's best, and most recognized songs. Drums are exceptional and the guitars are odd to the ear with the fret tapping, but it's a good vibe. I enjoy how the tempo differs so much from the verses and the choruses. The lyrics are somewhat vauge and the verse is the same both times, some lines are just repeated more.

She Said
The piano intro/outro is very depressing to me. When the guitars kick in right after, it adds to the mood. Lyrically, this is a great song. It seems to be talking about a love lost or something of the sort. I don't think Scooter has ever told the fans what it means, because i have never seen anything on it. The guitars on the chorus are awesome, in my opinion as a guitarist, and they go along with the lyrics very well.

No One
The guitars in this song are very basic, as are the lyrics. Sometimes the simpler things are, the better it is. This is one of the best songs on the album with the feel that it gives off when you listen to it. Scooter wrote the song about his mother and some problems she was having years ago, so with that in mind when you listen to it is important. The extra touch of the amazing Sierra Swan in the chorus makes this song that much better. I also like the doubled over vocals on the bridge, along with the guitar pitch whine.

End of the World
A very simple song, musically. This is not one of my favorite Cold songs, but none the less it is a great song. The drum intro starts off the tempo a bit faster than the two songs before it, and the delay on the guitar sets a more murky tone. The lyrics send out a bit of a hopeless feeling, while the tempo of the song might set some anger.

The guitar effect used in the intro sets a very slow, sad feeling to the song. Scooter's voice in this song also makes a sad vibe rip out of this tune. The chorus is the most emotional line on the album up until now. "the only thing you'll ever be is just a way for me to bleed on this stage...". Being a huge Cold fan myself, i know a lot of fans feel this line. The bridge slows the song down and adds even more emotion behind the lyrics.

It's All Good
It's All Good is 13 Ways' power balad, if you wish to call it that. The guitars are the most simple on the album in this song, but that doesn't take away from the message it sends. Lyrically, it is one of Cold's best songs. The emotional power this song has behind the sound of Scooter's voice on the chorus is also one of the best Cold has produced. It's All Good sends quite a depressing feeling, but in an angered way if you listen to the lyrics.

Send in the Clowns
Send in the Clowns steps up the tempo of the album, accompanied by the screams of Staind frontman, Aaron Lewis. The guitar intro, with its phased tremolo sound, sets a misty mood when the drums kick in. The origin of the lyrics are unknown, as Scooter has not revealed the meaning behind the song, but most fans believe it is about the fans. The drums and guitars in this song are a step in a different direction from the rest of the album, which makes me believe it may have been one of Cold's songs from when they were Grundig. It is rumored that Cold put a few old songs on the Self Titled album, along with 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage.

Same Drug
Same Drug slows the tempo set from Send in the Clowns. It sounds to me like this is a "love and lost" song. I believe this because if you listen to the lyrics, it sounds like he is talking about someone he loved and tried to get, and in the end they threw that love away for nothing. The bridge slows the song down even more with a bit of acoustic guitar sliding into the works. Nice touch if you ask me.

Anti-Love Song
This song is a little off-the-trail for Cold's standards. The choruses don't have that rhythm that other Cold songs have, but the guitars fit perfectly with the vocals. Cold uses odd effects in this one, from WAH effects to some things i don't even know the name of. The bridge has some acoustics in it, which sound awesome with the muffled drums and the yelling lyrics Scooter is doing. The name of the song says it all, though. In more emo terms, this might be considered a "break-up song".

Witch has some lovely guitar effects in it. The fret tapping, similar to those in Just Got Wicked, set an eerie tone to the song in the bridge. Lyrically, i love this song. It seems to be talking about friends telling him about a love he had that isn't right for him, and she "f**ked up" with him. The WAH pedal used in the verses is a different setup than normally seen from Cold, but i love the vibe it gives off. Sierra Swan makes her second appearance on the album on the bridge, her voice adding to the eerie tone of the song.

Sick of Man
Sick of Man is about a boy whose father leaves in the middle of the night and doesn't return. The instruments thruought the entire song gives this Cold fan favorite a "dark alley" feeling. This is one of Cold's most depressing songs, and it is also one of their most odd. Being a guitarist, this song doesn't follow any usual order of any other Cold song, which is one reason why it is such a great song. The difference in order makes the bridge and outro the most powerful one Cold has created.

The name of the song goes right along with the guitars. The chorus/delay effect makes an out of this world feel. Outerspace seems to be a love song, "wanna go off to outerspace, no one but me and you...". I loved this song from the get-go for its lyrics. I love the off-the-wall love songs that Cold seems to create, especially this one. It has lost some of its meaning for me personaly because of some things that have gone on, but it is an amazing song none the less.

Aaron Lewis makes another appearance with Scooter on Cold's most emotional songs. This song is about what Cold is... the music. This is Cold's best acoustic song, if not their best. There isn't much more i can say about this song besides I will live and die by this song as a guitarist.

13 Ways to Bleed on Stage is just that... 13 ways to bleed on stage. In my opinion, this is Cold's greatest album and I'm not certain if they can top this one. Every song has emotion and is full of meaning from intro to outro. If you haven't gotten a Cold album yet, this is the one to buy. You will get hooked from this album and be in love with their music for a long time to come. Year of the Spider compares to 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage with its emotion, but it can not compare to 13 Ways instrumentally. 13 Ways is also more clean-sounding than the Self-Titled.

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July 24th 2004


Good review; I really like the song "No One," but I don't actually have the album. Also, I think the band's genre should be "Nu-Metal," but it's fine as it is.

July 24th 2004


I don't really like this album. I'm glad my friend burned it for me when it came out instead of buying it.
I think Year of the spider is better than this one.

July 25th 2004


i would like to inform Sting-Ray that he misnamed this album on the list of all the cd's been reviewed... the cd is called 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage, not 13 Ways to Die Onstage...


August 4th 2004


i have this album and i don't listen 2 it that often ihave only listened 2 the first 5 i think so after reading this review im gonna listen 2 the rest

August 5th 2004


This is actually one of my favourite albums. I TOTALLY love the way the drums were recorded on this - the dirt-closet snare thing instantly sold me on this. I don't like year of the spider really, but this album rocks. It has a really genuinly dirty feel to every track laid on it. It's kind of like they threw some kind of SLIGHT lo-fi thing on everything, and it's great. Lyrically - vaugue and POSSIBLY weak.

But BY FAR the best thing that came out of the little nu-metal wave.

August 9th 2004


Yup, this album was a winner...my fave songs are No One, Send in the Clowns, and of course Bleed. Bleed is definitely a rock classic, it has so much emotional drive and power to it especially with the heartfelt vocals, its hard to fight back the tears to this song especially with the violin backgrounds....its sooooo friggin melodic!

November 17th 2004


one of my favorite albums of all time.
the best modern rock album i've ever heard.
the acoustic versions of these songs are just as good.
bleed, confession, no one, end of the world are my favorites off this.

November 30th 2004


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album is great, I love every song on here

I had a question about End of the World I see the lyrics at the end but I can never hear it in the song

Does anyone have the time he says those?

The torch the world, breathing fire lyrics

December 1st 2004


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yea that's it, I guess that would explain why I never heard it


January 22nd 2006


Great review
i love this album
bleed is an incredible song

January 22nd 2006


This is a pretty good cd for being a Nu-metal band. I use to love this cd, i dont really listen to it anymore but it led me to better bands. Confession is my favorite.

January 24th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Cold is not nu-metal.

Royd Rage
February 15th 2006


i hate the term nu-metal...

this album can't even be considered part of the metal genre period...it is more like if there had been a pst-grunge era...

now this goes down as one of my favorite albums ever...i didn't even like them at first,i got the album for $6.99 just for "just got wicked" so i didn't even hear it for a month and a half...for some reason when i was upset with a friend of mine i listened to it...ever since than i've owned it 3 times and plan to buy it again...i don't think this gets the respect it deserves...

Diabulus in musica
June 27th 2006


I just got this for 2 bucks yesterday, i buyed it because i like a lot "Year of the Spider", but i havent listened to this one yet.

March 5th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I really liked this CD when it released. Then sort of 'outgrew' it.

November 21st 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Sick of Man is an amazing song

This CD is one of my all time fav's

great review


August 10th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

I used to listen to their first 3 albums nonstop. This band meant a lot to me and still does. I didn't "connect" like some of the fans did and how some say they owe their life to Cold for writing the songs they did. This is just a fantastic album, their best work.

December 5th 2009


COLD ISN'T NU METAL OR POST GRUNGE THEY'RE JUST COLD TO ME.One of the most unique sounding modern rock albums ever and a freaking depressing masterpiece.I love the ugliness turned into beauty effect the band uses through their vocals and sounds.Every song sends it own moody groove though all have the same depressing beautiful ratio.This is how you make a catchy rock album one that makes you groove as well as tugs at your heartstrings from time to time.That's the special power this band supresses.By far their best album.5/5

September 18th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with Wilson5 Cold is definitely not NuMetal they are post-grundge/alt-rock. I'm sure the people who would say this is NuMetal have never even heard it!

October 16th 2012



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