Post hardcore mob Cold Summer are back with the follow up to their Wake EP in the form of their self-titled debut album. Following on in a very similar fashion to Wake, the album takes influence from bands like Hundred Reasons, Hell is for Heroes and Funeral for a Friend and while it can be abrasive at times, it’s generally a more melodic affair with memorable chorus’.
If you’re new to the band then there’s plenty to like. Every song is brilliantly written with highs and lows, heart-on-sleeve melodies and moments of raw aggression. Cold Summer have an incredible knack for writing catchy yet extremely hard rocking songs and there’s not a single point on the entire album where it feels like a passage was lazily written and shrugged off as something “that’ll do”.
So there’s a strong recommendation if you’re new to Cold Summer’s music. But what about those of you who have already heard their Wake EP? Well, you might be a little bit disappointed by Cold Summer’s debut album as it only contains 3 new songs you haven’t previously heard. It’s this lack of new material that hindered our enjoyment of the record.
The 3 new songs in question are The Fallen, Ships and Processed Lives and while they’re excellent songs that fit in well with the 4 tracks that previously appeared on Wake, they’re not enough to justify this album as an entirely new release. In addition to the 4 tracks that previously appeared on Wake there’s also a new “alternative version” of Waiting which is essentially a stripped-back, semi-acoustic version of the song and while it’s fine and certainly helps add some variation to the record, you’ve already heard the song by this point just in a different guise.
The album also comes in at a pretty short 23 minutes which means it’s incredibly difficult to recommend to existing fans of the band. Cold Summer’s self-titled album offers a bit of a “value for money” dilemma; if this album was sitting on a shelf for £12 at a HMV, would you feel like you got your money’s worth?
At a budget price there’s certainly plenty of post hardcore fun to be had with Cold Summer’s self-titled debut album, especially if you have yet to discover the band. Every song on this 8 track record is brimming with catchy melodies and massive riffs, but it’s all over with far too quickly and if you’ve already experience the band’s Wake EP then you might come away thinking that this album is essentially an expanded version of Wake. We can’t help but feel like Cold Summer missed their opportunity to really shine here. Hopefully they can correct this on their next release.
Cold Summer’s self-titled debut album will be released digitally and physically direct from the band on the 1st of July.