Cold Summer – Self Titled

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With the release of their Wake EP last year, UK post hardcore band Cold Summer made an impression which ensured they would continue to be kept under close surveillance. The release showed a band which was well on the way to making a distinct mark in what is a genre full to bursting with emerging bands right now, though they were not quite there at the time. In hindsight since reviewing the release we have to say that the Wakefield quartet’s individual voice was maybe underestimated in our initial view as after taking a look at the band’s upcoming debut self-titled album which contains 4/5ths of that previous encounter, those and new songs show that there depth of uniqueness just needed time to make its face apparent. Looking around the genre there are not many bands sounding like Cold Summer and though the four piece is still developing its presence the album proves they stand as one of the more refreshing and promising propositions trying to seduce the passions.

Since forming in 2010 the band has feverishly worked at and honed their sound, emerging from an unsettled period of personnel to kick on with a stable line-up to work on songs for their debut EP. The five track release found strong responses and acclaim, as did the two track Transitions an acoustic release which came before Wake, whilst shows with the likes of End Of A Year, Margate, Make Your Mark, Housefires and Aficionado last year only bred further respect. 2013 has already seen the band alongside Funeral For a Friend and Polar and with their excellent album coming fast over the horizon it is fair to imagine the year could be a telling period in the band’s existence.

The album opens with The Fallen, one of the newest tracks from the band, and immediately grips attention as big banging drums 551488_498648250184250_8384742_necho around the senses before a guitar rises up to join the commanding rhythmic presence of the song. Soon into its stride bass and guitar graze the ear with sonic competency whilst the vocals of Dan Feast bring a merger of squalling earnestness and melodic strength. It is a pleasing trust upon the ear if missing any drama to truly make a fire within thoughts and emotions, but with melodic flames and an acidic groove from guitarist Chris Harrison shining from within the intensity brewed, it is a song easily devoured for strong satisfaction.

The following Waiting emerges from a sonic wail with the bass of Chris Hepworth calling with throaty temptation whilst the concussive beats of Justin Eastwood badger the ear, its touch softening the defences for the vibrant energy and hunger to follow. With wonderful scything sonic riffs and a predatory taunt of bass the song soon has the emotions in the palm of its passion soaked hand, Feast again offering a dual attack with the narrative whilst Harrison lays a maze of melodic enterprise within the intensive web of almost carnivorous intent.

The following pair of songs, Ships and Processed Lives light up the evolving direction of the band, the first a gentle yet energetic heat of melodic expression and bass adventure veined by snapping drum slaps. Emotive and intelligently crafted, the track is an intriguing and impacting expanse of invention, arguably less immediate to persuade than other songs but one with a depth which has its day eventually. Vocally Feast sticks predominantly to a clean delivery and for personal tastes it is a winning shift. As much as his heart drenched abrasive delivery is great his voice is so much more effective when walking the cleaner side of the line, though a mix of both is ultimately always the strongest results. The second of the two is exceptional, the corrosive snarl of the bass and bone shuddering beats making the strongest introduction whilst the coarse tones of the riffs are edgy and compelling. It is when the song dances with invention and continually switches gait for an enthralling engagement though that things truly lift on to another plateau, the military beats and scorching sonic embrace scintillating. Best song on the album it is the clearest declaration of a band walking the lip of greatness.

Both Car Crash (In Progress), a song with open imagination and riveting exploits the further into its evolving blues winded fire you go, and an alternative version of earlier song Waiting, which is as impressive as the original with its completely different and emotive heavy piano clawed way, trigger stronger appetite and satisfaction for release and band whilst the closing A Is For Arson seals the deal with concrete persuasion. The final song steps into view after the brief brawl of Wake, a short track which was lost on us when appearing on its own EP and still feels pointless here. It is a minor personal quibble though especially when A Is For Arson unveils its magnetic persistence of intensive riffing and melodic provocation. Another song to venture into diverse aspects throughout its imaginative intrigue, the track is a lingering provocation and proof to why it is not hard to imagine Cold Summer finding a strong stance within UK rock.

The album shows there is still work to do but nevertheless makes for an encounter which is much more thrilling and invigorating than most other post hardcore releases, this is a band set for great things.


RingMaster 21/05/2013


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Full Throttle-Roads Of Life EP


The Roads Of Life EP, from Russian band Full Throttle is a release which combines hard rock and heavy metal with other assisting flames, for an encounter which fires up the senses with ease, its high octane melodic fuel and forceful energy spilling over for an engaging and invigorating ride which would enhance any intensive road trip. It is a release which admittedly offers little new in barrier breaking but easily feeds any appetite for melodic metal bred by passion and invention.

Full Throttle was formed in 2004 in Kaluga and initially had a softer metal sound which with a change of personnel of the years evolved with a harder more aggressive breath. 2005 saw the band’s debut album Lie released to strong responses but was followed by a three year hiatus for the band from 2007 due to internal disagreements. The band returned in 2010 and soon was working towards a second album which due to difficulties was reduced to this EP and an impressive release it is too. Taking influences from the likes of Manowar, Nightwish, Metallica, Sonata Arctica as well as Russian bands Aria and Kipelov into its own invention, the three track release makes a powerful persuasion offering all the spices which could see the band find the widest awareness and with the band recently signing up with GlobMetal Promotions, it is hard not to feel that the band will soon be garnering strong interest and a wealth of eager new fans.

Full Throttle’s songs find seeds in the ideology of the biker’s movement: freedom, speed, the choice between life and death, not that we could tell as the songs are all sung in Russian, though not any issue of course. The opening title track revs up with sturdy riffs and crisp rhythms whilst keys and the melodic tease of the guitars enflame the air with sonic colour. It is an immediately appealing introduction which settles down into an energetic charge across the plane of the song with expressive winds from the keys and powerful female vocals astride a spine of heavy intensive riffing. Though lacking a groove or hook to make it strongly contagious the accomplished and fiery song has an infection about it which potently entices and recruits deep satisfaction. It is a richly pleasing and stylish cruise of intensity to start things off.

The following Crying Soul changes tact and stance of the release instantly, its emotive beauty and symphonic whispers an impacting elegance within the strong hungry melodic flames which skilfully shoot into the roof of the song. The keys are especially enchanting whilst the vocals have a bite to their again open beauty and harmonic grace, their presence epitomising the blend of light and intimidation seemingly prowling the track. It is a soulful and powerful song showing the diversity of the band and their adeptness at fusing gentle and vigorous embraces for one enriching confrontation.

The closing Night Fraternity is cored by the sound of bikes as they speed off into the horizon with the song gripping their tails with eager riffs and hungry rhythms. It is a simple but wholly effective attack which has a punk growl to its incessant drive and a metal aggression to its sinews. An excellent acidic groove makes its play mid song to complete the impressive temptation of what is the best song on the release.

When Full Throttle gets to make that second album there will be plenty eagerly waiting to climb on board with it thanks to the Roads Of Life EP, us for one.

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