Cold Craving "Beacons" LPPosted on Monday, April 12th, 2010 @ 5:57am » permalink
"Beacons" is the debut full-length from Canada's Cold Craving (released by Eschaton Industries), and I have to say that its breadth of influences is pretty damn impressive. Never in a million years would I have expected to encounter a band that occasionally throws total black metal riffs into a combination of different little elements from emo/"screamo", angular indie rock, and droning "post-rock", but… Cold Craving does it. And effectively, too!? The vocals range from super polished singing to harsh screaming and a few approaches that fall somewhere between the two. The singing is so strong that it really suggests the type of band that would be all about huge choruses and catchy songwriting and stuff, but that's not really what this band is about at all, which creates an interesting contrast. Most of the songs top five or six minutes here, and the more memorable moments tend to result from combinations of the vocals with some of the more frantic riffing – which generally comes in well-focused, energetic bursts throughout the album. There's almost always some melody tucked away in there, though – be it through that ringing sense of post-hardcore dissonance that a lot of the chord phrasings and layers create, or more obvious treatments. But you'll also encounter pulsing throbs of distorted bass, quick fits of chunky rhythms/picking patterns, sparse electronic textures, acerbic guitar work with blasting percussion, and numerous other bits and pieces. As usual I'm starting to feel like there's no sense in trying to properly describe what's going on here, so check out the track below and judge for yourself…
This one's limited to a mere 250 copies (100 on green/white swirl, 150 on beige with gold haze), so vinyl fans should act fast, as I'd be shocked if this didn't sell out. For everyone else, it's also available on iTunes, so… you know what to do!