I have to confess I wasn’t at all familiar with Coldbones before listening to this album. One song in and there I was trying to find out everything I could about the band. They’re from Kent in the UK and have been around for a few years, having released an EP called Distance and another EP called Winter: 2014.
Coldbones are young and hungry. Their brand of Post Rock is energetic and positive and also mixes traditional Prog and Metal elements, even if subtle but still noticeable even from the first moments in the album with the blasting intro ‘Caspaces’.
The next track, ‘Where It All Began’ is where we begin to understand the love the band has for guitars. There’s some really nice guitar work, reminiscent of Pray For Sound, and also effects that add texture and layers to their otherwise simplistic structures.’New Heights’ is another one of those guitar driven songs – glorious riff and heavy parts alternating with more melodic and introspective parts.
To mix things up, there’s also ‘Lost’ and ‘Cycles’, which focus more on the melodies and ‘Decay’ is a good example how a simple track can be written and executed. ‘Moments’ is another absolutely gorgeous track. Classic Post Rock structure, balancing the really intense tremolo with reflective sections. All the ups and downs. It’s all about the build-up and catharsis. Chilling tune.
To end things, ‘To Whatever End’ starts as a slower, almost doomy track but quickly finds its energy somehow and becomes a whole different song. Again, great guitar work and a perfect balance of darkness and light.
… And in a heartbeat, the album is over. Coldbones like to keep their songs are short and to the point. All the energy and emotions are condensed. There are no parts that drag on for way too long and no unnecessary fillers. I’m happy the album is the way it is and I’m sure the band is too. Now it’s time to take some time and check their back catalog.