Cold Snap – World War 3

Cold Snap
World War 3
Released 9th September 2013
Groove Metal/ Nu-Metal
Self-Released

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World War 3′ is the third album from the Croatian groove metal band Cold Snap. It is the follow up to ‘Perfection’ which was released back in 2010.

Ok, now before I start let’s just clarify one thing – there’s a thin line between groove metal and nu-metal. Most bands tend to stay on either side of that line and rarely do they cross over. There are exceptions to this rule with bands such as Devildriver making that drastic change towards groove metal/melodic death metal. Alas, this is not the case here. Oh no, make on mistake about it, this is nu-metal.

The songs like to follow the same pattern as more renowned nu-metal bands such as Disturbed, Slipknot, System of a Down, Papa Roach and even, dare I say it… Korn. Take the tracks Rise Again and Monster for instance, they sounds almost like a homage to Korn. Both of these feature the same stop-start, ”groove” guitar patterns and clear vocals that occasionally switch between whispers and shouts. I don’t even know where to begin describing the problem with Freedom; it’s clearly a filler track which sounds like somebody scratching an already badly damaged vinyl disc. There’s no vocals, guitars or even anything remotely resembling a musical instrument on there. What a waste. The rest of the album pretty much follows the aforementioned pattern. The only song that comes close to groove metal is the first part of the ballad ‘My Emptiness‘, sadly that’s not enough to redeem the album.

Nothing new here, just another band trying to revive a genre that should have died a slow death in the early part of this century. Please stop!

2/5

Iza Raittila

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