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Coldspell - 2011 Out From The Cold



ARTIST: Coldspell
ALBUM: Out From The Cold
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 222
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: S Eder

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Niklas Swedentorp - lead vocals * Michael Larsson - guitars, backing vocals * Anders 'Kebbe' Lindmark - bass * Perra Johanson - drums * Matti Eklund - keyboards, backing vocals

Guests: Ian Haughland - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heroes * 02 Run For Your Life * 03 One In A Million * 04 Six Feet Under * 05 Time * 06 Save Our Souls * 07 The King * 08 Fate * 09 Seven Wonders * 10 Angel Eyes * 11 Heading For Tomorrow * 12 Out From The Cold

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WEBLINKS: www.coldspell.se


Background
Let me reiterate.. just so that there is no misunderstanding. Sweden's Coldspell are a heavy metal band. They are not an AOR band. OK, got that? Good. I've seen so many mis-representations since 2009's 'Infinite Stargaze' was released. Was it because they were signed to Escape Music? Well that shouldn't have made a difference because Khalil and Barrie have signed metal bands in the past. No, some idiots obviously couldn't tell the difference and labelled them otherwise. For those of you who enjoyed 'Infinite Stargaze', then their latest 'Out From The Cold' should send you out of the freezer and straight into the sauna. This is blistering stuff, and the promo video we've been playing on our main page for their first song 'Heroes' (video now in our comments section) should be more than an indication as to what's on offer here.


The Songs
I'm a big fan of fellow Swedes Hellfueled and Seventh Wonder, and Coldspell remind me of both of them in places. Could it be the big Zakk Wylde like guitar work from Mikke Larsson? Yes and no, because the band leave the prog metal environs behind in favour of a straight melodic heavy metal approach. There are no dawdling progressive dabbles here, it's just a full on sound with leadweight guitarwork and accompanying organ. Really, it's all bruising stuff, and you know this is one classy affair when melody pours through the speakers without Coldspell not even out of first gear! Former R.A.W guitarist Larsson is in fine form, and with his former bandmate (and also former Dalton member) Anders Lindmark belting out the bottom end on bass, you are guaranteed one leaden performance. Highlights for me include the lead-off 'Heroes', the industrial strength 'Six Feet Under', the keyboard laced 'Time' plus the commercial sounding rocker 'Seven Wonders'. The band slip in a couple of less intense moments too. 'The King' is one of these, I was also gonna mention the title track 'Out From The Cold' in the same breath, but the album closer is an immense metallic affair which twists and turns on a knife edge. Gotta give credit to singer Niclas Swedentorp too, who continues to impress, but I guess it's easy to sing well when you've got great material to work with.


In Summary
Tommy Hansen, who has twiddled the dials for Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids, Pagans Mind and Jorn among others does a fantastic job here. Larsson's guitar sound is off the dial, sounding huge right throughout. Europe's Ian Haughland guests on the album, though it's not clear from the PR material as to what tracks he's playing on. Regardless, 'Out From The Cold' is immense stuff, highly melodic, and is a danger to weak speaker systems if someone is not careful with the volume control. Prepare to be given a total aural examination!


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#1 | gdazegod on February 19 2011 12:51:52
'Heroes'
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