Album review: COLD – The Things We Can’t Stop

COLD - The Things We Can't Stop

Napalm Records [Release date 13.09.19]

Cold return after an extended break – eight years to be precise – with main man Scooter Ward admitting to suffering writers block, which he overcame after discovering Nick Cave’s ‘One More Time With Feeling’ documentary. Scooter Ward, the sole remaining original member, is joined by Nick Coyle (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Lindsay Manfredi (bass), and Aaron Fulton (drums). Since recording the album original drummer Sam McCandless has re-joined the band.

Amazingly Cold have been around since 1986, albeit under a couple of different names until settling on Cold in 1996 and enjoying success as part of the then burgeoning nu metal and alt rock movement. Now in 2019 Cold prove they still have what it takes, be it ‘Shine’ which tackles bullying or ‘Snowblind’, one of those slow building anthems Cold do so well.

Cold even have a go at Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’, which is played at a slower pace than the original and works surprisingly well, Cold-ified if you will.

‘Beautiful Life’ is an uplifting piece, with its piano and vocal start, before the tempo ups as the guitars start. One of their best anthems to date.

It is heartfelt, at times quite harrowing, but unmistakably Cold and all the better for it. Welcome back, you have been missed. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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