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Cold as Life "Born to Land Hard" CD

Posted on Sunday, October 30th, 2005 @ 12:23pm » permalink

Cold as Life - Born to Land HardHoly 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:

@ Very Distribution

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?)


  1. desintegrado says:

    fuck, i love this band and i even own a copy of the original press of this album which i bought in the merch table of their show here in madrid, like seven years ago and only for 40 people…

    great band, quite original for being a tough guy metalcore act and once again another very underrated one

  2. Anonymous says:

    Damn that's good stuf. More venomous than even the stuff coming out today.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I only have the 88-93 album. These tracks from this debut album are kick ass

  4. A-BH says:

    An absolute classic. I bought this when Cold As Life was in Finland (2001 or something like that, can't remember. The shows were awesome!)

    One of my all-time favorite hardcore band/album. Pure brutality. I still listen to this on a regular basis. Everybody has to have this one!!

  5. scott says:

    Awesome. You can't get more stark and real than Motor City Hardcore, and these guys were the best (along with early Pittbull).

  6. Anonymous says:

    We played with these guys and Next Step Up in Baltimore years ago (Maybe 97??) They were badass.
    Dion/Blatant Disregard

  7. Anonymous says:

    does anyone know what ever became of rich werstine?the so called friend that killed rawn?

  8. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P Johnny Hate!!! See you when I get there…HATE!

  9. xmarkusx KTL says:

    One of the best hardcore record ever recorded. Also one of the few first hc bands i ever heard so this band means so much to me.

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