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Pist.On – Cold World Award winner

Cold World
by Graeme Scarratt at 22 April 2022, 12:42 PM

Hailing from New York, after initially forming in 1993 releasing 2 albums,1996 – “Number 1One”and 1999 – “$ell Out” which after release received fine press reviews, then finding lack of personal time and other problems in 2001 the band took a lengthy hiatus, to reform in 2018 along with new bassist Jack Hanley. 25 years after inception 2022 finds their first studio release on a 3 track Ep with the name “Cold World”. Described under the genres of heavy metal, gothic metal and alternative metal, sounds like these guys are no lightweight band and are back to prove themselves thus.

First track on the Ep is “Cold World”, the initial sung words of Henry Font kind of give you a chilling feeling, well worked given the tracks title. Then enter a punching guitar and drum opening to what sounds like its going to be an enjoyable Ep. The vocals seem to work well with the track and the chorus is very catchy. The guitar solo by Burton Gans in the middle of track is certainly a neat piece of playing. Certainly a cracking song to kick off this Ep,and a track that certainly puts you in a lot warmer place than its title, if you listen to this track with headphones on you find yourself imagining watching this as a video. It just works that well

This then leads into the second track “Ruin Your Day”, starting off with a decent opening riff it seems when vocals start that something just seems offish about the start of this song. The vocals are certainly strong but just seem out with the riff being played. Luckily they vastly improve with the rest of the song and are strong and snarly throughout, the song has a catchy chorus that kind of gets stuck in your head and the stop/start of the verses definitely work. The drums of Jeff McManus keep a good tempo going within the track and Jack Hanley’s bass keeps a great line running throughout.

The last track on this Ep is the coldly sounding “Icicles”. This track kicks off sounding gutsy with the guitars opening it. The vocals then kick in sounding quietened but menacing at the same time. It has a catchy tune throughout and the drums and bass deliver a great combination working well together. The chorus is another simple but catchy piece that soon have you singing to. All in all a great piece of work for the 12 minutes the Ep lasts, and leaves you wanting more, hopefully we wont be waiting too long

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

4 Star Rating

1. Cold World
2. Ruin Your Day
3. Icicles
Henry Font – Vocals/Guitars
Burton Gans - Guitars
Jeff McManus – Drums
Jack Hanley – Bass
Record Label: Independent


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