Cold Summer – A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire

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Though no doubt the band has been busy beavering away sharing their mighty roar of sound, it seems to have been a quiet time attention wise around UK post-hardcore quartet Cold Summer since the release of their impressive self-titled debut album of 2013. There will be no escaping their presence now though with the release of their fiercely rousing new video/single A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire. A hint to the band’s upcoming new album Fight To Survive, the track recalls all the reasons the first album, and indeed earlier EP Wake, grabbed our ears whilst alone positioning the band upon a richer and loftier plateau of sound and invention.

Formed late 2011, the Leeds hailing band quickly began luring ears their way with two track acoustic EP, Transitions and the aforementioned Wake in the January and May of 2012 respectively. Offering a post hardcore sound which was eager to embrace melodic imagination to its aggressive snarl, the band also swiftly showed the DIY ethic which continues today. A leap in adventure fuelled their first album a year later whilst live the band again under their own steam booked a tour in support of it and a subsequent UK with He Is Legend in 2014. Over the years they have only increased their reputation as a band and live proposition with shows alongside the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Polar, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, Milk Teeth, Brawlers, Grieved, and Employed To Serve. Now to whet the appetite for their impending release, the band has uncaged their new single, a track which suggest that Cold Summer is poised to really stir up the European rock and post hardcore scene.

Cold Summer - A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire_RingMaster ReviewA Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire instantly consumes ears in a spicy sonic enticement punctuated by the roving beats of drummer Justin Eastwood. The imagination is as swiftly enthralled, especially as the fine voice of Dan Feast entangles itself in the fascinating drama and contagious enterprise quickly flooding the track. Raw vocals squalls break out throughout to enjoyably contrast and challenge the blazing infectiousness seducing the emotions, they backed by the increasingly predacious hues cast by the bass of Chris Hepworth and the grouchy torrent of riffs springing from the strings of guitarist Chris Harrison from within his otherwise virulent and catchy fire of melodic imagination.

It is a superb maelstrom of imagination and thick enticement, a declaration of an already impressive band coming of age in songwriting, sound, and craft. Thoughts now are that 2016 is going to be a massive year for Cold Summer if Fight To Survive can match and build upon A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire.

A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire is released on Friday 19th February @

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Cold Summer – UK Tour


Post hardcore band Cold Summer have annouced the dates to their upcoming UK tour in support of their debut self-titled album released last year.

Cold Summer are fast becoming a critically acclaimed Rock/Post-Hardcore band, reaping the rewards for some fine releases which started with the self release of two EP’s, ‘Transitions’ and ‘Wake’ during 2012, before the Yorkshire band’s
release of their acclaimed debut album album in 2013.
To promote the release the band are heading out on a week long tour of the UK in February 2014. Building on a large and growing fan base across the North of England garnered as Cold Summer played sold out shows alongside well respected bands such as Funeral For A Friend(Distiller Records), Polar (In At The Deep End) Lemuria (Bridge Nine Records), End Of A Year/Self Defense Family (Deathwish Records), Margate (Cybertracks), Blitz Kids (Redbull), Scholars (Banquet), and Aficionado (No Sleep Records) since forming.
Now is the time for more of the country to catch one of the most promising Britsh bands live and with their still passions impressing album.
The dates for the 2014 Cold Summer UK Tour in February:
Saturday 15th – Lounge 41 – Workington
Sunday 16th – The Zombie Hut – Corby
Monday 17th – The Vault Inn – Stockton On-Tees
Tuesday 18th – The Ship Inn – Preston
Wednesday 19th – The Old Blue Last – London 
Thursday 20th – The Hobgoblin – Bath
Friday 21st – Frog & Nightgown – Worksop

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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Cold Summer : Wake EP

The Wake EP is the latest release from yet another emerging British post hardcore band, a genre becoming quite plump in the amount of new aspiring contributors. The band is Cold Summer and though their five track release is not flawless it is impossible not to be excited about the future of the band. There feels an untapped depth to them, a further expanse to their already inventive presence still to explore which only offers immense promise and an anticipated great future ahead.

Formed in 2010, the Wakefield quartet of Dan Feast (Vocals), Chris Harrison (Guitar), Chris Hepworth (Bass), and Justin Eastwood (Drums), the band was soon lighting up stages as well as triggering intrigue with their three track demo Committed To Tape. An unexpected line-up change then left the band looking for a new vocalist but also giving them time to work on new material simultaneously. Eventually they found and enlisted vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Feast which allowed them to further evolve their heavy and melodic sound. They spent the latter part of 2011 working on the five songs which went on to be the Wake EP. This year first saw the band unveil a two track acoustic release called Transitions featuring two songs which appear in their full might on Wake, and since live shows supporting the likes of End Of A Year, Margate, Make Your Mark, and Aficionado.

The new EP is the next big step from the band whose evolved presence is sure to grab even stronger attention. It is hard to stand out from the crowd in the post hardcore genre right now but Cold Summer feel destined to be one band which will even if with this release it is not yet by any wide distance.

The release stirs up enthusiasm with opener Waiting, a track as muscular as it is melodically adventurous. From a sonic lance of a start with the first excellent presence from the bass of Hepworth, the song offers hungry chunky riffs and rapping beats spiked with strong multiple compulsive scything of acidic sound. The vocals of Feast begin as a clean and strong presence, changing to and alternating with abrasive shouts and squalls of expression. The track is soon an eventful and forceful pleasure though it never explodes as one expects or the song itself suggests it may. Though it is not offering anything groundbreaking the track is a powerful start and the first to show Cold Summer as a band with much potential.

The brief title track follows next and to be honest fails to ignite any sparks. It lasts for barely fifty seconds and is a rubbing insurgence which actually annoys far more than it pleases making one wonder its intent overall. The EP soon is firing again though with the best song A Is For Arson. It is a well crafted and intriguing track which is as melodically heated as it is emotively intense. From a lively start and keen energetic provocation from vocals and riffs, the song expands into a heavier oppressive proposition revealing imaginative songwriting and the ability of the band to stretch its boundaries. It has a mix of Placebo and Mind Museum to its initial engagement with eventual elements of And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Rise Against bringing a confronting muscle to its climax. Once again the bass is outstanding, the snarling predatory air it menaces with one of the biggest highlights of song and release.

Car Crash (In Progress) and Mistakes close up Wake, the first a vibrant and unpredictable slice of inventive sound and structure with a great blues tone to the excellent play of Harrison, the second a slow melodic piece of passion brought with care and tenderness from music and the fine vocals of Feast. He is a vocalist who fuses harsh and clean deliveries well but it has to be said the clean generally outshines the other extreme, his squealing throat grazing shouts sometimes too caustic on the ear.

The Wake EP is an enjoyable collection of varied and inventive songs which only leaves satisfaction behind and despite a few to be solved issues marks them as a band on the way to finding a unique sound and impressive stature in its future.

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RingMaster 21/09/2012

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