Cold Colours – MMXIV (2014)


Hailing from the USA, today we have Atmospheric Death/Doom Metal outfit Cold Colours and their three songs EP “MMXIV”. With a distinctive European sound, this band reminds us of a slower and gloomier version of Swallow The Sun, My Dying Bride, and Frailty mixed in with some Thorns of The Carrion and (older) Eternal Tears of Sorrow influences. If the name-dropping was not enough for you to pick a copy of this, we will surely convince you by the end of this review.

Opening with the bleak “Heathen”, the band instantly paints a very desolate melodic atmosphere with great pace and weeping guitars. This opening is indeed quite doomy and yet unconventional for what we usually get from Doom bands. The singing is a mixture of growls and screams that works quite well with the pace of the music. After warming you up with a solid opener, the band goes full Doom on the crushing “From This Pain”. Again, the riffing is brilliant and nicely outlined by very solid drumming. The tempo changes are brilliant and deliver a truly intense rollercoaster-like experience.

The band closes with the very traditional heavy guitars of “Terminal Winter”. This track gives us a mixture of My Dying Bride with Thorns of the Carrion thanks to its diverse vocals (clean, shrieks, growls). If you don’t find yourself head-banging to this Doom masterpiece, then you should probably start listening to a different genre.

Overall, “MMXIV” features three excellent songs from this outfit from Minnesota, where it is truly cold and bleak in the winters. Being very atypical for the USA, we give this band extra props for trying their luck with suck a rich and crushing sound that might not be fully appreciated in the country. If you are looking for bleak soundscapes filled with demoralizing Doom riffs, look no further and get a copy of this.

Band: Cold Colours Album:MMXIV

Label: Self-Released

Release: June 2nd, 2014

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Genre: Atmopheric Death/Doom Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 89/100

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