Title: A New World AriseLabel: Escape Music
who would have thought it, the Scandinavian Hard Rock albums
would be like the British Summers. It takes three
years for another great one, then when they come, they bring
H.E.A.T. and then a Coldspell.
is the second album in as many reviews that sees a much
anticipated release from some of Sweden's finest
rockers. I’m talking this time about the band from
Kiruna / Uppsala / Stockholm, the mighty Coldspell.
band bring their own brand of guitar laden Hard Rock with
their latest album 'A New World Arise', which follows their
critically acclaimed 'Frozen Paradise' album.
again Niclas Swedentorp, Micke ‘Coldspell’ Larsson,
Chris Goldsmith and Perra Jonansson bring their A- game with
this new release, as things get off to a great start with
‘Forevermore’. No fancy intro’s here as it's
straight into the Hard Rocking as Larsson unleashes pure
hell on the six-string, firing on all six right from the
off. This lays down the foundations for the hell-bent
rhythm section of Goldsmith's bass and Jonansson’s drums,
with the icing on the cake those majestic vocals of
Swedentorp. This alchemy of band members produces pure
Hard Rock gold and this is just the opener.
album continues with the new single ‘Call of the Wild’,
a track as sharp as a Swedish Winter, again featuring more
soaring riffs from Larsson and a back-beat that hits harder
than hailstones. A real classy rocker, with a flurry
of keyboards provided by Matti Eklund, the first of the
guest keyboardists on the album.
keyboard intro on the next track ‘It Hurts’ is provided
by Jona Tee (H.e.a.t.), another powerful slice of pure
Scandi hard rocking as the album keeps you hooked and
waiting in bated breath for the next. And believe me what
comes next is just superb. ‘Miles Away’ just rocks
big style before things take a mellower refrain, but with
plenty of those soaring melodies with ‘Signs’. Not
quite a ballad, but this one gives us a taste of
Swedentorp’s soulful side of his vocals. There are
airs of Robert Plant about him on this one.
band switch things up a bit by bringing in a little Southern
Blues vibe (Stockholm style), mixed into the rocking ‘Love
Me Like You Do’. There is a just of touch of 70’s
Hard Rock sewn into the lining of this one.
back to the straight shooting Hard Rock with the fantastic
‘This Is Me’, which has go down as my favourite track of
the album so far. The previous tracks have all been
stunning, but this one just raises the bar a touch higher.
hard rocking just keeps coming as it's all systems go once
more with ‘Get to The Top’, where Larsson is let loose
on the six-string and gives it all he’s got on this
one. If riffing was money, then Larsson would be
loaded. All this is added to by guest keyboard maestro
Ged Rylands (Tyketto / Rage of Angels).
band really go into overdrive on this album and one track
that shows what three years away can produce with the
stunning ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’, and this keeps on going
with the hard hitting ‘Losin My Mind’, the heaviest
track on the album so far. A dirty down tuned riff
drives this one, that it combined with a sweet and nasty
for pure Scandi Rock heaven, then you have to check out the
massive ‘Just One Night’. This is pure bred
Melodic Hard Rock at its finest and is typical of the class
act that is Coldspell. Sadly I’m afraid all good
things must come to an end, but this isn’t a bad thing in
the case of 'A New World Arise’, as the album closes with
the six-minute spectacular that is the title track.
This one is just pure class and rounds off another great
album for the Swedes. To be honest I wouldn’t have
expected anything less from a band that have impressed from
their debut and continue to give it their all for the music
they and we love, and long my it continue.
And unlike a British Summer we can always expect the very best from this Coldspell.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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