Released: 2011, MIG Music
This band (and album) are fucked up. I mean that in a sincere and good way. Judging the album based solely on the album cover art, depicting a hand with a severed finger, I just assumed (very erroneously) that it would be some sort of Death Metal. Not even close.
Cold Snap are very weird. Again that’s a compliment. The only other band I could even really begin to relate this to as a point of reference is Braindance and maybe as a long-shot, the obscure band T-Ride from the early 90’s. There is no real genre or style that can describe this band. Every song is schizophrenic. The band mix in symphonic sounds, acoustic guitar, industrial, some groove metal, rap-like vocal cadences, and just tons of weird noise. I’m hearing prog stuff, I’m hearing Type O Negative, Biohazard, Pro-Pain, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Suicidal Tendencies, Primus, maybe Skindred, and generous doses of Prong, it’s a lot to embrace and absorb. I’m serious, PERFECTION is a really eclectic mix of so man styles and sounds it’s fast and slow, heavy and mellow all at the same time. A didgeridoo? Ya gotta be kidding me! Nothing is off limits.
The album sounds killer as Tue Madsen is behind the helm for the 50 minutes of musical madness. These five Croatian dudes are totally pro, totally convincing and totally out there. It’s loud, modern and abrasive and shares many of the modern qualities of ‘modern’ metal that I don’t like, namely breakdowns, lack of soloing, sweet and sour vocals, lack of drive and focus but somehow I can tolerate these features in these bizarre songs.
For very brave and ambitious fans of experimental heavy metal music check out Cold Snap and you may just find perfection. I think this could be one of the most genius albums of the year but my little atrophied, metal-fried brain can’t handle it, it’s too far outside the box. The open-minded music fan in me loves it so the rating gets split down the middle with the benefit of the doubt going to the band for being musically adventurous.