doesn’t happen very often where I get so engrossed in an album that
it's on constant play but this is exactly what has happened with the second album from
Swedish Hard Rockers Coldspell. I have raved on to so many people
this album and I forgot to actually put pen to paper, or in my case fingers
to keyboard and actually review the album! So here it is, the long overdue
review from what will be one of the albums of the year in our yearly
review come December.
band follow up their tremendous first album ‘Infinite
Stargaze’, which blew me away back in 09 when it was released, with
this stunning new release 'Out From The Cold', not only that but the band have done what I thought was impossible and topped that
earlier album. Again we see Niclas
Swedentoep (vocals) , Michael Larsson (guitars), Anders Lindmark (bass)
Perra Johansson (drums) and Matti Ekland (keyboards) take the whole Hard
Rock genre to another level.
The album opens up with the excellent ‘Heroes’ and from the off you can feel that this is going to be a quality release as Swedentoep powers out on the mike, while Larsson fires out a big riff, with that rhythm section really punching out a monster back beat on this anthemic opening barrage.
licks keep on coming as this tremendous release continues with ‘Run
For Your Life’. This song is old school balls to the wall rock with a
capital “R” and is followed by one of, if not my favourite track
off the album, ‘One In A Million’, another anthemic Hard Rocker with a
great chorus to sing-a-long to.
album unfolds I find it hard not to stop writing and just enjoy what
these guys do, but write I must and things just keep getting better and
better each time I listen to this album, as it continues to impress me
with the likes of the rockin’ 'Six Feet Under’. A little heavier
guitar vibe gives this one a real angst, then we have ‘Time’, with the
bells tolling and the clocks ticking away at the intro, you're just waiting
for the song to explode into action and explode it does. This is thumpingly
good Hard Rock at its finest.
hardly have time to get your breath back as the album unleashes another
monster, this time the band show off their melodic side with the
astonishing ‘Save Our Souls’ and the gentle tones of ‘The King’,
which Swedentoep gives his finest vocal on the album for me, plus
the added string orchestration really adds to the overall majesty of the
to the full on Hard Rock with the mighty ‘Fate’ and the pounding
rhythms of ‘Seven Wonders’, before another of my favourites the funky
groove filled ‘Angel Eyes’, which leads us nicely on to yet another of my personal favourites
(perhaps it would be easier to call them all my favourites?!?), off the album, the fabulous ‘Heading For Tomorrow’, where Ekland and
Larsson trade keys against guitars in a melodic duel, while Lindmark and
Johansson keep it real with a massive back beat, with Swedentoep’s towering
vocals capping it all of magnificently.
album closes with the title track ‘Out From The Cold’, like the
opener a monstrous way to close a simply stunning album. I for one
can't wait for
album number three if the first two are anything to go by, it's sure to be
another monster ... no pressure then!.
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