Released: 2011, Escape
The local weather when I listened to this album the last few times has been a bitter coldspell here in Canada. Quite appropriate methinks. Escape is such a class label. Everything they do is just classy, Melodic Metal and Coldspell is no exception.
Album number two for the Swedish five-piece and right away the smooth sounds inside remind me of Ten, Gotthard, Treat, Bonfire, Pretty Maids and many more of that ilk. Coldspell don’t have to lyrically crude, resort to tricks or shock, they can just rely on rock solid performances delivery quality songs.
OUT FROM THE COLD has an hour worth of a dozen songs wrapped in an eye-catching cover reminiscent of the recent Whitesnake album covers. The production is excellent on this record, it sounds big and has lots of echo on the vocals for a stadium effect. It’s a big rock sound that caught my ear. Opener Heroes could have easily fit on one of later Europe albums. There are keyboards on this album used very well. Sometimes he keyboards sound like a 70’s Deep Purple thing and at times they have a more digital 80’s feel. Either way the keys add some flair without overshadowing the guitars.
Of course the vocals are a big highlight with the golden pipes of Niklas Swedentorp leading the catchy and melodic choruses complete with big gang vocals especially on standout tracks such as ‘Time’ and ‘Heading For Tomorrow’. I dropped quite a musical reference points in this review but they are all apt comparisons. This is an essentially purchase for all experienced Melodic Metal fans and for those of you who are interested in what the scene is up to these days, this is an excellent example.