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”For Cold, music is…” Scooter pauses. ”It’s real. It’s medicine. It’s therapy. And I think anybody, no matter what age you are, can be affected by it.” A Different Kind of Pain was recorded at Bearsville Studios in upsate New York and produced by Michael ”Elvis” Baskette. The slow, driving chorus on songs like ”Ocean,” and ”A Different Kind of Pain” belies the strife within the lyrics; and Baskette has handled it deftly.

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  • What a year for Cold this will turn out to be. Following the success of Cold’s preceding 2003 album, “Year of The Spider”, Scooter Ward and the band (with a few new members) have decided to make their triumphant return to our eardrums. And we can only sit, smile, and thank them for this act of kindness.

    Cold have come back with their 2005 release “A Different Kind of Pain”, for the Cold Army to enjoy. And a very “different” kind of pain, this is. While yes, the lyrics are still as angsty as ever, the message within the album seems to kind of veer into a sense of hopefulness, if you look deep down enough into it.

    Practically all of the given song titles, are hard-hitting melodic songs, with strong messages. So in MANY ways, “A Different Kind of Pain”, can compare itself to “Year of The Spider.” There’s a little bit of everything on here for the Cold Army to enjoy. Ballads, rock songs, slow moving songs, etc. The only thing that differs from “Year of The Spider”, is that “A Different Kind of Pain” contains absolutely no “angry” songs. And by “angry” I mean hardcore “cuss you out and scream my lungs out” songs like “Kill The Music Industry.”

    But who says there should be any songs like that on this album? This is a very personal album that comes from within Scooter himself about his battle with addiction and an awry relationship, and sometimes expressing deep things like this shouldn’t be, “hardcore” at all.

    So if you’re looking for songs to get angry to, walk away. This isn’t the Cold album for you.

    But the rest of you whom aren’t making expectations for Colds new release, are in for a real treat. This album is by far Colds most emotional and real down to earth one, to date. While “Year of The Spider” finds itself digging a little deeper, “A Different Kind of Pain” still doesn’t disappoint. It’s almost a sister-album, or an exact followup concept “Spider” album. So I can already tell you, that fans of “Year of The Spider”, will defanantly without a doubt in the world, enjoy this.

    What is “A Different Kind of Pain”, to me? It’s an an eleven chapter story of addiction, heartbreak, recovery, and hope. Told by the band Cold, from the mind of frontman, Scooter Ward. Each song in itself, being more meaningful than the last. Absolutely no song on this new release, doesn’t belong on this album. And all songs are absolutely tollerable, and will probably leave any avid Cold fan, coming back for listen after listen.

    Subjectwise, “A Different Kind of Pain” follows along the subject lines of Scooter’s hardships over his addiction to alcohol and drugs, and his most recent breakup. Yet in a way, gives one a sense of hopefulness. It’s an album with a strong message that shouldn’t be taken lightly, nor ignored.

    The CD’s single “Happens All The Time”, is catchy, and straight to the point. And is well deserving to be the first single of the album. The other 10 tracks, are great as well. The track “A Different Kind of Pain”, is a moving ballad that will probably become a favorite for anyone who liked the slower stuff Cold put out, in the past such as “Confession” (from 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage) and “Gone Away” (from Year of The Spider).

    Again, ADKOP is a very moving album, and to date, I am very prepared to say, is one of Cold’s BEST releases. Or quite possibly, best release, period. The original cd title for ADKOP was, “The Calm That Killed The Storm”, which sounds alot better, if you ask me. But it’s not the title of the cd that makes the music good, it’s the music itself, and this cd does not fail.

    It’s actually a pretty inspiring album with a positive message in it, despite the fact it sounds like one big midlife-crisis. It kind of leaves the listener with a feeling of not wanting to give up on the good things he and or she holds dear, in life. And that if he and or she ever wants something in life, to just not give up, and it will eventually come to them, and be theirs. It’s an album of complete inspiration and hope.

    In the end, after listening to ADKOP you may feel a bit let down, thinking that Scooter and co. could’ve beefed up their act, and gone a bit more “heavy”, but…this isn’t the place, time, or album, to even complain about that. This album is very personal, and for a fan to complain about it not being heavy enough, when Scooter is pouring his honest heart out here, is disrespectful to not only his efforts, but him as a person.

    This is HONESTLY a great album, and one of Cold’s best to date. There’s really no song on this, that I don’t like. I enjoy the whole cd, and that’s something I RARELY say about any cd, nowdays.

    I highly suggest this, for old and new fans alike. It’s guarinteed to be just as moving and emotional as Cold have ever been. Just don’t expect anything heavy.

    So in closing, this album not only meets expectations, but actually captivates me to a point in which I feel the inner drive to replay the album over and over, it’s just that good and meaningful to me. Nothing falls short of perfection here. It can quite literally be, “the soundtrack of your life” if you let it be. This is…if you haven’t given that title, to “Year of The Spider”, already. And if you have, this could very well be, part 2 of that soundtrack.

    Cold are back and have done it again.

    They’ve put out yet another meaningful album for you to sit back, turn on, crank up, and relate to in almost every single way. It’s too bad the album is so short. But don’t let that fact stop you.

    Some track highlights include:

    -Tell Me Why
    -A Different Kind of Pain
    -Feel It In Your Heart

    All of which (to me) showcase the best of the best, that ADKOP has to offer.

    Bottom line:

    Purchase this. You will not be disappointed.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have been a long time fan of Cold. The newer more mellow Cold is definately the best sound they have produced yet. The third album “Year of the Spider” is not too far behind and that is for sure, but the old cold was not as emotional and vocally talented as the the new Cold. Cold has lost some talent intramentally, yet I don’t see this as a bad thing. Scooter Ward is so talented vocally there is no need for instruments to attempt to drown him out. Give ward the stage! This fresh sound from cold is certainly implemented in the title track, as it is only ward and his beloved piano for the most part of the song. The intruments are there but there is certainly no need. The song writing ability of Ward can not be matched by anyone in the rock genre. This is a kind of parent-friendly grunge-flavored soft rock that 1-ups every kind of alternative rock out there which seems to be all screams and F-bombs nowadays. If you like rock this is the album for you. If it doesn’t hit the spot the first time try round two and you will agree.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Cold is definately underrated in my opinion. Love all their albums and this is definately one of their best efforts. If you know Cold you should love this album if you dont know Cold take a shot, it will be worth it.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Cold had a lot to overcome before releasing their fourth studio album. Aside from the revolving door of guitarists and being dumped by their record label, frontman Scooter Ward went through a trying period in his life. From entering rehab to being left by his fiance, and even coping with his sister’s battle with cancer, Ward sure has plenty to talk about on this album. And yet, with all of those obstacles, this is the quickest Cold have released an album! So how does it stack up to the previous three, excellent releases? Well…

    I don’t want to sound like a hater, but Cold’s formula is really wearing thin. I’ve been a big fan of the group since their self-titled debut and onwards, and from hearing such powerful and provocative, yet catchy tunes like “Give” and “No One,” I hold a pretty high standard for Cold. Unfortunately, the bulk of the material on “A Different Kind Of Pain,” just doesn’t hold up to the group’s previous work. Sure, there are a few songs that really stand out and will be remembered, such as the energetic opener “Back Home,” the positive “God’s Song” and “Happens All The Time” and the moving ballad “A Different Kind Of Pain.” However, there are too many songs that just move at the same pace, sound way too much alike, and just go nowhere. Musically, Cold haven’t advanced at all. The absense of original guitarist Kelly Hayes and current Evanescence axe-man Terry Balsamo can’t help but be noticed throughout this album. Their riffs and unique playing really gave Cold their own eclectic style (as best evidenced on 2000’s “13 Ways To Bleed On Stage”). Their replacements, Matt Loughran (who used to play with the band back when they went by the name Grundig) and Mike Booth do an adequate job, but don’t really come up with anything unique. Usually, Cold’s riffs helped to give mood to the songs, but here, the weight is entirely on Scooter’s shoulders. He does a good job, as he has in the past. The lyrics on this album are very deep and the positive perspective he gains from his troubles is truly inspiring. However, his vocals are a bit overproduced in spots, which takes away from the emotional effect of some songs.

    The album feels very low-budget (just take a look through the booklet…) and Cold fail to try anything remotely new. It’s not that the album is bad, but it’s just very bland when you consider their past and the trials that they went through to make this album. You would think such situations would inspire something a little more cathartic, and a little more powerful. There are some truly brilliant moments on this album, but they are few and far between. Which is too bad, as this is probably the most important album of their career. It’s sad to say, but this is Cold’s worst album. Here’s hoping they don’t get left in the cold.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Cold has released another good album. Is it their best? No. Was it worth the wait? Honestly, yes. While Cold is nowhere close to re-inventing themselves with this album, they keep their good tunes coming never the less.

    This CD has pretty much no aggression, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone soft. The hard hitting guitars are still here, it just seems Scooter is more content in life now maybe and doesn’t feel the need to scream anymore.

    I’d say this album compares to Year of the Spider more then the other 2 albums. In my own opinion, this is the 2nd time in a row that Cold has outdone Staind’s same year release.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now