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Coldwar
Pantheist
May 2014
Released: 2014, Candlelight Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

“Pantheist”, the brand new album by irascible Irish Deathsters, begins with “Heart Of Darkness”, a melange of simplistic riffing and throat-shredding Hardcore style vocals. It also features a gleefully warped breakdown at the song’s centre.



It is followed by “Ether Child”, with it’s chilling picked intro, and subsequent warped blackened groove. However, it soon becomes apparent that Trevor Mclave’s vocal style is somewhat one-dimensional. Track three, “Mazu Awakens”, blasts forth with much malice, and soon settles down into another impressive groove. The lead guitars of Paul Nash and Eoin Brod are particularly satisfying.

Next up is “13th Moon”, an eerie, detuned frenzy that is possessed of a sense of sinister atmosphere that was absent from the previous tracks. “The Falcon Cannot See The Falcon”, with it’s grand scope, and discordant, almost Neurosis-esque feel, is an album standout. Track 6 is “Ghost Dance”, a track of real hysterical ugliness. It’s Thrashy texture giving way to some delightfully putrid leads. “Consciousness Paralysis” is something of a nightmarish hellride, but becomes bogged down by it’s waxy, bloated middle section. It seems as though the band were going for epic and not quite pulling it off. “Abandonment Of Being” is a shackles-off exercise in brutality. The achingly expansive “Last Days Of The 4th Sun” closes the album, and is another standout track.



In the main “Pantheist” is a decent slab of groove-laden Death Metal. The sometimes-otherworldly lead guitars add a superlative layer to the bands sound, but occasionally the album seems a bit flat. A case of potential not fully realised.



Review By Owen Thompson
Track Listing

1. Heart of Darkness
2. Ether Child
3. Mazu Awakens
4. 13th Moon
5. The Falcon Cannot Hear the Falconer
6. Ghostdance
7. Consciousness Paralysis
8. Abandonment of Being
9. Last Days of the 4th Sun

Lineup

Paul Nash - Guitars
Marty Mc Elhinney - Drums
Trevor Mclave - Vocals
Eoin Brod - Guitars
Andy Coade - Bass

Contact

http://https://www.facebook.com/thisiscoldwar

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Coldwar
Pantheist
May 2014
Released: 2014, Candlelight Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Ireland’s Coldwar is one of those bands that I’d wager many metal fans have not heard of, despite the fact that they have been around for over a decade and have three previous full length albums to their credit. Oddly, not one member of the band’s 1999 founders are still around, with the band changing its parts quite often early on. It’s been a relatively stable core since 2003 though, and PANTHEIST signals something of a return for the band, as it has been three years since their last release (2011’s CHRISTUS DEATHSHEAD).



It’s clear from listening to their music that Coldwar are unique. Ostensibly death metal, the band is quite progressive, not in sound, but in terms of their writing and swirling song structures. While listening, it’s easy to pick out snippets of other sonic influences, ranging from hardcore, crust, and even some black metal. Clearly, Coldwar are not content with the status quo, a fact which is borne out by their imagery, song titles, and lyrics. It’s impressive, if a little daunting to delve into. Still, full points to the band for crafting a package that is uniquely their own.



Musically however, it is a mixed bag. To be sure, this is challenging music that you will not “get” right away. No, PANTHEIST is the type of album that demands multiple listens to appreciate. Heck, I freely admit that I don’t think I’ve quite grasped it yet. Building from a death metal base, Coldwar’s attack is certainly pummeling, if not catchy. Part of the problem, to my ears, is the one-dimensional shouty-growl of Trevor Mclave. He definitely gets his anger across but for music this challenging, more feeling and expression would have suited better. His is more suited to the group’s more straightforward assaults, such as “Ghostdance”.



In all, this is a tough record to rate. While I’m fully on board with the band’s approach and attempt to craft something different, I find that I rarely find myself wanting to play it for my own enjoyment beyond review purposes. No matter though, as PANTHEIST is an intriguing work, and one for the extreme metal fans that want to hear a band offer more than just simple-minded blasting. Recommended, but with caution.
Track Listing

1. Heart of Darkness
2. Ether Child
3. Mazu Awakens
4. 13th Moon
5. The Falcon Cannot Hear the Falconer
6. Ghostdance
7. Consciousness Paralysis
8. Abandonment of Being
9. Last Days of the 4th Sun

Lineup

Trevor Mclave: Vocals
Eoin Brod: Guitar
Paul Nash: Guitar
Andy Coade: Bass
Marty McElhinney: Drums

Contact

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