Cold Matches Early Success With ‘Spider’
By Randy J. Klodz
The band Cold, so named in opposition of the climate of the band’s hometown
of Jacksonville, Fla. released “Year of the Spider,” one of this year’s best
albums, on May 13, which may not have received much publicity since it was
released the same month that Staind put “14 Shades of Grey” on store shelves.
Cold—which includes vocalist Scooter Ward, guitarists Terry Balsamo
and Kelly Hayes, bassist Jeremy Marshall and drummer Sam McCandless—uses
its unique blend of hard rock influences, harmonic balladry and brooding vocals
which could also be found on the band’s previous albums, the self-titled debut
released in 1998 and the popular “13 Ways to Bleed On Stage” which released
“Stupid Girl” made its way on to rock station radio waves across the
country in April and blasted on to television screens across American with
a popular MTV music video. The catchy chorus of “She's going away / She's
going away / What's wrong with my life today? / She's going away / She's going
away / What's wrong with my life today? / Stupid girl / Stupid girl” even
embedded the minds of rock fans in attendance to see Cold for LazerFest in
Milwaukee on May 31.
Heavier songs include the album’s opener “Remedy” and the album’s closer
“Kill the Music Industry,” on which Ward screams, “Sick of all this monotony,”
regarding his dislike of the current state of the music business.
Some editions of “Year of the Spider” have DVD material placed on to
them and may also have the hidden track “Gone Away” which was also a popular
track on the “WWF: Tough Enough 2” soundtrack.
The somber “Wasted Years” sounds like something out of the diary of a
man in despair with the chorus: “Was it life I've betrayed / For the shape
that I'm in / It's not hard to fail / It's not easy to win.” And if Cold continues
to release albums that can be listened to from beginning to end, it’s going
to be easy for them to win in the race of a music industry that is depleted
Cold is scheduled to open for Evanescence at the Congress Theatre on
Aug. 12. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $25. For more information
on Cold, log on to www.coldonline.com.