It is a shame I didn’t get this album when it first came out, but I suppose any time is better than no time at all. Allow me to go into how I actually FINALLY got turned on to Cold’s unique, and spooky sound. Let’s just say that a friend of mine showed me a link to a fan made “Animated Music Video” or AMV from a place called YouTube.com, it was one set to a Rammstein song, and it did kick ass. However, I felt like seeing what was on there for Fatal Frame, so I typed that in, watched a few of the videos there, wasn’t exactly impressed. But then a video titled with the caption “Pray For Rain” tantalized me.
What was it you ask? It was a video using in-game clips from Fatal Frame III: The Tormented set to “Rain Song”, which happened to be on this album and I didn’t realize it at the time. As I listened to the song and watched the video, I was just completely and utterly blown away. Not only by the music, but by how this person was able to capture the emotion of both the music and the video at the same time. I was absolutely moved to tears by the whole thing.
I immediately contacted this person and thanked them for making that video, and finally really getting me into Cold. I used to think of them as “just another Staind clone”, and lemme tell you folks, I HATE Staind, so essentially these guys were associated with them in my books (they are good friends after all), but oh how wrong I was. Unlike Staind, they are emotional but without being ridiculously depressing, and in my books they’re much better musicians too.
I was so impressed that I decided to buy “13 Ways to Bleed on Stage” and “Year of the Spider” in one fell swoop. I listened to both albums all the way through in one night, and while 13 Ways was indeed impressive, sporting some good tracks like “No One”, “Just Got Wicked”, among many others. Year of the Spider ups it in production value, and overall feeling from the tracks.
There are a couple filler tracks, but overall, the album is just fantastic. Aside from the single “Stupid Girl”, which is not my favorite song on the album, there’s some good ones with the opener “Remedy”, “Suffocate”, “Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)”, “Whatever You Became”, and “Change the World”. And the rest are mainly average, but definitely listenable.
But in my books, the standout track is “Rain Song”. All the other tracks on the album are great, but this one really, REALLY took it to a whole new level. Scooter Ward shows that he truly can sing, and that he DOES have a beautiful voice. Before people ask “WTF? Beautiful?!! He’s a man for crying out loud!”
Allow me to explain that part, you see, I recognize when someone has a beautiful voice, and I use that word to describe their voice regardless of whether or not they’re male or female. And yes, you heard me correctly folks, I said that Scooter Ward really has a beautiful voice, and that “Rain Song” really brings it out. When it comes to showing off his pipes, he proves that he’s indeed quite raw and emotional with the lyrics.
The rest of the musicianship is gravy in my books, but knowing that Kelly Hayes and Terry Balsamo left the band for other projects (come on Terry, what’s the matter with you? Why Evanescence? If there’s a band that needs to break up, it’s that one.), it kinda saddens me that we might not hear anything like this again.
Overall, I feel that Year of the Spider really was a step in the right direction for Cold, and I am glad I finally picked up this strange bedfellow of a masterpiece. Anyone who even remotely likes a band with a fresh and unique sound should check Cold out. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Thank you.