Cold Snap – All Our Sins
Label: Arising Empire
Date: July 6, 2018
Judging the book by its cover, this is one of the best images I have seen in a long while. Well thought and immaculately done by Željko Manojlović. Behind the cover itself, lies the 4th full-length album by Cold Snap. I haven’t had the chance to hear the previous offerings, so I cannot compare them. Considering the information sheet I got with this release, Cold Snap is one of the biggest names coming from Croatia these days. At least when it comes to reputation and the list of names of bands and festivals they appeared on. On the other hand, all of that might just mean nothing, if the content of the album itself does not support the written words.
“All Our Sins” is seated somewhere in between Nu Metal, Groove, Metalcore and their most prominent representatives. You all know what I’m talking about here. Overall heavy sound (Machine Head), modern production (Disturbed), multitude of different types of vocals (Slipknot), “broken” guitar riffs (Pantera), hard-hitting rhythm section and a whole lot of “jump around” moments (name your own suggestions). This shouldn’t be considered a straight-forward record, since there are some surprises to be found in here. First of all, fair amount of melodic sections that head straight into the modern Swedish melodic Death Metal. Also, if you pay attention, you might find a part of the 9th song that sounds like some old school Hardcore. When it comes to music like this one, the thing that separates the greatest from the mediocre are the catchy songs and choruses. Unfortunately, I cannot find enough of them here to make this album stick out of the bunch. Sure, there are a couple of real “hits” on this release, but it still seems like there is a number of “fillers” here Cold Snap could definitely do without.
Something like this used to be a perfect “teenage rebellion” music back in the ‘90s, but I guess the times have changed, since I’m definitely not a teenager anymore and this album works just fine to my ears. There is enough aggression in these tunes. My guess is that younger metalheads will find this album to be just perfect. I have grown up with the best of the genre, so I cannot agree with that. On the other hand, this record is definitely well above the average. It just misses the great by a hair…