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Coldsteel - America Idle

America Idle
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 21 January 2013, 4:58 PM

An American set of idles and values, the American heroism on display for all the world to see, a unified front of the land of free, one nation under god. But if there might be a chance that this unification will split up? The only outcome will cause endless fear, paranoia like holding hands with such force until bones will start cracking. Is this a reason to be afraid? Gee I don't know, I am not an American but maybe the revamped COLDSTEEL from the Big Apple will be able to let you have a slice of the American spirit in their new EP, after twenty years since their second album "Freakboy" and the band's vanishing, "America Idle", via Stormspell Records. Sounds interesting right? I know I was since I had the honors to check out the released anthology of theirs, also released by Stormspell. Either way, this is a musical experience that can recommend warmly.

Since their earlier days, COLDSTEEL has been a rather diverse Thrash Metal band, mixing up the fine arts of American Thrash and Heavy Metal, whether the Bay Area manner of old METALLICA, MEGADETH but also NY influences of blue collar, underground streets like early ANTHRAX. After 20 years, things have changed. The lineup, though nearly half preserved, got older and wiser issuing the need for additional intelligence to the music while still maintaining the old wrath of straightforwardness. "America Idle", though coming 20 years later in the band's career, delivers a crushing blow of early 90s Thrash, still keeping it classic, as if retaining the last position from where the band ceased to be. First of all I liked the lyrical ideas, as I do enjoy political induced lyricism, but the music, as always, played out to be my main cause of interest.

Highly produced, similar to late MEGADETH efforts with a clear polished, addictive to the ears, sound in comparison to the rougher edges displayed in band's earlier albums, "America Idle" made the most of Thrash Metal with clear indications of MEGADETH, ANNIHILATOR, TESTAMENT and ANTHRAX. A bit groovy, crunchy, not forgetting to issue melodies and harmonies, versatile vocals, intriguing riffages, top notch soloing and the works. I spanned this one quite a lot and it was hard to detach from it. Sure that there were a few lows, as not every song lived up to be a major hit like "You Lose" for instance, but essentially, this a release that should be noticed. The song "America Idle" has 90s inclinations, especially in the vocals, but a great track nonetheless. "Blink Of An Eye", a superb showcase of brilliance as a melodic Thrasher but also filled with cunning and articulation when it comes to the riffs and rhythms. To cut this short, grab this release whether you are an American fearing for your country's future or whether you are an old fan waiting years for a sign or plainly you wish to listen to something made by veteran hands.

4 Star Rating

1. America Idle
2. Blood Secrets
3. You Lose
4. Blink Of An Eye
5. Ashes To Ashes 
Troy Norr– Vocals
Joe Shavel– Guitars
Hal Aponte– Drums
Doug O’Dell– Bass
Eddie Campbell- Guitars
Record Label: Stormspell Records


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