Posts Tagged ‘Cold’

2003-year-of-the-spiderThere was once a time in the world when Nu Metal was a genre that was ruling the airways and video play on MTV with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit competing with the likes of The Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Some say that it was a glorious time to be alive while others are very troubled by it’s mere existence. For me, it was a time when I was discovering my love of the metal sub-genres all over again after a brief falling out period. At one point, Flip/Interscope thought it wise to hire Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit as an A&R man and his signings were hitting it big in the industry like Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, and today’s band of focus in Jacksonville, Florida rock act Cold. Cold was made up of Scooter Ward (Vocals), Terry Balsamo (Guitar), Kelly Hayes (Guitar), Jeremy Marshall (Bass), Howard Benson (Piano/Keys/Produced The Album), and Sam McCandless (Drums). Together in 2003, the band would release their most commercially successful album of their careers in Year Of The Spider which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts even featuring a top Hot 100 track as well.

cold1.Remedy– A real driving riff starts off the song before this amazing bass riff takes over the verses before the band comes back in. The song seems to be about someone with issues who pushes people away and know this, but doesn’t anyone to really change it. 5/5

2. Suffocate– A clean channel guitar drives the song for the most part before the chorus. The song is about a relationship that is just toxic. The song features former Dollshead/Black Eyed Peas singer Sierra Swan and Sam McCandless’s drum laying is awesome on this track. 5/5

3. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)– a touching track that Scooter wrote about the struggles his sister went through with her battle against Cancer while the band was recording the album. 4.5/5

4. Stupid Girl– This was the band’s lead single and the only single they ever wrote that cracked the Billboard top 100 that was co-written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. 5/5

5. Don’t Belong– A bass driven track until the band comes in for the chorus about feeling like you just don’t belong or you can’t do anything right. 4/5

6. Wasted Years– a cool track with violins in the beginning and some acoustic guitars that compliment them. It is said that Scooter described the track as, “this song is basically about how I let little things take away the things I needed in life.” 4/5

7. Whatever You Became– A slowered tempo track whose melody/structure reminds me a little of first track Remedy. The track seems to be about how people have changed because of his fame, but he hasn’t changed. 4/5

Cold-Year_Of_The_Spider-CD8. Sad Happy– a very eerie track about a someone who is stuck in a very abusive relationship and cant get out of it. A sad reality that is too true in the world we live in. 4.5/5

9. Rain Song– A cool track about someone close to Scooter who may have harmed herself in some way and when it rains it reminds him of her. 4/5

10. The Day Seattle Died– A great track on the album that is the band’s tribute to Seattle’s music icons Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. 5/5

11. Change The World– The track starts with a drum cadence before the band comes racing in with a killer riff on a track that is basically about relationships. 4/5

12. Black Sunday– A track that starts with some acoustic and clean guitars in a track that is about loss of someone close to Scooter, a reoccurring theme in a lot of songs. 4/5

13. Kill The Music Industry– The bands response to the music industry who were constantly telling them that they were going to fail. It also features the track Gone Away at around the 2:55 mark or so. 4/5

My Final Thoughts: Despite the success of the album, the band would soon go through it’s own troubled times as the label refused to promote any more singles from the album and Terry Balsamo would exit the band in 2004 to replace Ben Moody in Evanescence. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade because it was a kick ass album.

Wayne-Static-630x420I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news on the internet, but I am shocked to say that Wayne Static of Static-X has passed away at the age of 48. He was born Wayne Richard Wells in Muskegon, Michigan on November 4, 1965 which means he passed away three days before his 49TH birthday from unspecified reasons. He formed industrial metal act Static-X in 1994 after disbanding his previous band and the band went on to record their multi-platinum album Wisconsin Death Trip which was released in 1999 featuring hit songs Push It, Bled For Days, and I’m With Stupid. The band would go on to record five more albums until they disbanded in 2010. Wayne Static would go on to record and release his first and only solo album Pighammer which was released in 2011. He reformed Static-X in 2012, but sadly it was without any of the original members and Wayne would eventually disband the band again in 2013. Wayne was supposed to go back out on the road with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next couple of months, but that isn’t happening anymore. R.I.P, Wayne Static (November 4, 1965-November 1, 2014) Check out my favorite Static-X songs below:

fiveIn the beginning of last year we had found out that Five Finger Death Punch were going to release two albums in the same year instead of releasing one double album. Sounds like a smart marketing ploy right? It’s genius on their part because it keeps them fresh in people’s minds and they make you wait for the other half instead of giving it to all at once. Guns N’ Roses did it with the Use Your Illusion albums, but they released them on the same day. The band which is made up of Ivan Moody (Singer), Zoltan Bathory (Guitar), Jason Hook (Guitar), Jeremy Spencer (Drums), and Chris Kael (Bass) and The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1 was released back on July 30. The album featured the collaboration with Rob Halford of Judas Priest and a track with Maria Brink of In This Moment. Volume 2 was released on November 19 and it featured 12 tracks with one being a cover.

File:5FDP Battleborn Cover Art.jpgThe first track on the record is called Here To Die and it’s all guns blazing metal assault with the type of beats that will have fans banging their heads along with them. I love because Ivan does an amazing job of mixing the heavy screaming vocal style with his smooth vocal abilities. Weight Beneath My Skin starts with some heavy pummeling double bass before the groove metal laden licks kick into overdrive. Wrecking Ball is the next track and it’s your typical Five Finger Death Punch track that has the in your face style mixed with the classic pour your guts out choruses like Over And Under It for example. Battle Born was the first single released off this album back in September and it kicks ass. The track is about all the stresses of the road and how it’s easy to lose track of everything. Cradle To The Grave starts a certain way, but then out of nowhere they have this fist pumping part which leads into a sonic assault that will melt your face off. Matter Of Time is just complete and utter bonkers with the drummer shining brightly in the beginning of the track. This is truly one of the most bad ass tracks on the album because Ivan has an amazing voice that matches where ever the music is going. The Agony Of Regret features some really cool and dark acoustic guitars as the track is only a 1:41 so it’s kind of an intro. Cold starts with some pianos showing the band is very diverse and not just a one trick pony. The song is a modern day power ballad done Five Finger Death Punch style which means that some occasional double bass and some heavy guitars are included along with a kick ass solo.

five finger'If you think they were going soft, you have nothing to worry about because Let This Go brings the metal assault back in full force. My Heart Lied is next and I think the guitar riff is cool because it’s dark and apocalyptic sounding during the verses because it sounds like it lingers there over your head. A Day In My Life is the next track and its probably one of the most bad ass songs as it pummels you into the ground like a jackhammer. The last track is a cover of House Of The Rising Sun, but Five Finger Death Punch starts it out sounding like folk music before the heavy rhythm section kicks in. Out of both volumes, it’s the best cover they’ve done. Out of both volumes, I actually prefer Volume 2 over Volume 1. I just believe that it has an overall better sound to it. That is why I am going to give The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2 4.2 stars out of five.