Cold as Life "Born to Land Hard" CDPosted on Sunday, October 30th, 2005 @ 12:23pm » permalink
Holy shit was I ecstatic to learn just last week that this record has finally been repressed! I'm sure at this point most are aware that Cold as Life began in Detroit in the late-80's as more of a street punk/oi influenced hardcore band, whose original frontman Rawn Beauty was tragically murdered in 1993 at just 23 years old. But when they returned years later with guitarist Jeff Gunnells handling the vocal duties, the resulting debut full-length was 1997's classic "Born to Land Hard": 13 of the most venomous and spiteful metallic hardcore tracks ever to have been put to tape. Seriously, a number of the songs from their final demo with Rawn appear here in re-recorded form, and Gunnells' inimitably acidic sneers alongside the more chugging musical attack make for one hell of a huge difference. This record rules and you need it.
I had been looking for this god damn CD for many years but refused to pay $50 for it on eBay or wherever, so to see this thing back out there for $13 is a sorely overdue relief. Cold as Life is fucking legendary and no one else really sounds like 'em, so just do yourself a favor and grab this fucker while you still can:
You can also now pick up their "1988 – 1993" collection of all the demo material with Rawn on vocals (which is quite different, but still very much recommended), as well as what I believe are the remaining copies of their final full-length with 2001's "Declination of Independence". (They also did a split 7" with Ringworm that I've somehow managed to slack on purchasing to this day – what the fuck is wrong with me?)