Released: 2006, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Coldseed is the product of the co-operation between Björn “Speed” Strid of Soliwork and ex-Blind Guardian drummer Thomen Stauch, who is currently a member of Savage Circus. My bio states that Coldseed will surprise the entire metal community with their modern, melodic and sophisticated new brand of heavy music, and I can do nothing but agree.
Coldseed plays modern heavy metal influenced by both Swedish death metal and industrial metal. Strid varies between really aggressive to ordinary in the songs and it feels both powerful and innovative. The band/project has musical similarities with Strid’s ordinary band Soilwork, but Coldseed takes a leap forward. The material is brilliant and they have even included two ballads in this metal-mayhem, called “Reflection” and “Burning With A Shade”. Unfortunately, there are two songs that almost border to mellcore and they are not happy experiences: “Democracy Lesson” and “Nothing but a Loser”. But, if you look away from the mellcore songs, this album is a true sound experience for every metalhead. Buy it if you’re into Soilwork or bands like them.
The debut is produced by Michael Schüren and mixed by the Gamma Ray bass player Dirk Schlaüger. Everything was recorded in Hammer Studio in Brackel, located close to Hamburg, during February 2005. And just like the music, the production is varied and complex.
Killer tracks “My Affliction”, “Five More To Fix”, “Low”, “On My Way”, “Completion Makes The Tragedy”, “Hatched”, and “At Last”.