11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sometimes art imitates television. Remember on The Sopranos, when the hard-rocking Defiler became the alt-angst Visiting Day? Well, Jacksonville, Florida’s Cold have changed much in this way since their 1998 self-titled debut. They’ve lost both guitarists (with Terry Balsamo moving to Evanescence), switched labels, and stylistically shifted from Limp Bizkit-type math metal to Staind-like moody angst. This slowdown makes them pariahs amongst metal loyalists, but singer Scooter Ward has channeled his own life’s misfortunes (family members were seriously ill during the making of Pain) into gripping minor- key mopers that may not ignite the crowd, but play perfectly into a lonely, moonlit night. While platitudes such as “I don’t want to be alone” (“Feel It In Your Heart”) and looking for a “brand new start” (“Anatomy of a Tidal Wave”) are hardly earth-shattering insights, coupled with the band’s unrelenting and grinding chords, the emotive impact is real and heartfelt. It’s a matter of mentally preparing yourself for an album that few expected.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sometimes art imitates television. Remember on The Sopranos, when the hard-rocking Defiler became the alt-angst Visiting Day? Well, Jacksonville, Florida’s Cold have changed much in this way since their 1998 self-titled debut. They’ve lost both guitarists (with Terry Balsamo moving to Evanescence), switched labels, and stylistically shifted from Limp Bizkit-type math metal to Staind-like moody angst. This slowdown makes them pariahs amongst metal loyalists, but singer Scooter Ward has channeled his own life’s misfortunes (family members were seriously ill during the making of Pain) into gripping minor- key mopers that may not ignite the crowd, but play perfectly into a lonely, moonlit night. While platitudes such as “I don’t want to be alone” (“Feel It In Your Heart”) and looking for a “brand new start” (“Anatomy of a Tidal Wave”) are hardly earth-shattering insights, coupled with the band’s unrelenting and grinding chords, the emotive impact is real and heartfelt. It’s a matter of mentally preparing yourself for an album that few expected.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

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Increadible Album

Honestly, the last time I heard and loved an album this much was Core by STP. Every song has its own unique feel. The vocals are very powerful and moving. I really cant say enough great things about it. I highly recomend this increadible album.

Dbm326 ,

Where do you stand?

If there's one thing I can give it up to Cold for, it's this: they've always been about a new beginning. ADKOP was definately the case since the band lost Kelly Hayes to Allele and Terry Balsamo to Evanescence. And then throw on top of that the personal problems that Scooter Ward was facing, and you would think that the future for Cold would be questionable. But that wouldn't be the case.

Instead, Cold comes out with ADKOP, their most lyrically powerful album to date. Considering all of the circumstances that the band was going through at the time, I found it to be amazing that they found a way to pull though the hardships. You can clearly see how this band has matured during the making of this album.

"Year of the Spider is better" or "Cold has gone emo" is not what this album should be viewed as. Cold was at a point where they needed a change, as well as support from their fans. THIS ALBUM DOESN'T SUCK, PERIOD. In fact, with powerful messages throughout the entire album, ADKOP is Cold at their best.

This is the album that separates the true Cold fans from the others. Where do you stand?

wroboresuki ,

Don't believe the (anti) hype

I guess I'm not dissappointed, because I joined the Cold army with the release of their last album - Year of the Spider. So, this one's NOT gloomy and dark. But, it IS powerful and feels real. I don't mind emotion, singing about love, etc., if the music is genuine and not contrived. A month and a half into listening to it, "Feel it in Your Heart", "Another Pill", and "Happens All the Time" still give me chills. Awesome album.

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