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Coldseed - "Completion Makes the Tragedy" (CD)

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"Completion Makes the Tragedy" track listing:

1. My Affliction
2. Democracy Lesson
3. Nothing But A Loser
4. Five More To Fix
5. Burning With A Shade
6. Low
7. On My Way
8. Reflection
9. Completion Makes The Tragedy
10. Hatchet
11. Vulture Of The Throne
12. At Last

Reviewed by on September 29, 2006

"a refreshing album that certainly doesn’t rely on mimicry to achieve its sound"

It’s amazing how many musical projects Bjorn “Speed” Strid is juggling at the moment. In addition to Disarmonia Mundi, Terror 2000, and the more famous Soilwork, the German-based Coldseed can now be added to the list. With Coldseed, Speed once again lends his vocal talents, but in a more mundane manner than is to be found in any of the aforementioned metal acts.

Coldseed is less extreme and more accessible than might be expected. Most tracks on “Completion Makes the Tragedy” are delivered with a mid-pacing that almost commits to a type of metal-light. Speed does reach his normal growl on some tracks, but even then the musical atmosphere feels almost like an industrial/pop/metal hybrid, rather than a full blown metal assault. Coldseed sounds somewhat similar to Soilwork, only with less focus on crunching riffs and less intensity.

If that sounds like an assailment on Coldseed’s sound, it isn’t meant to be such. “Completion Makes the Tragedy” is a refreshing album that certainly doesn’t rely on mimicry to achieve its sound. Several tracks on the album warrant attention, such as the catchy “Democracy Lesson,” which possesses a trademark Speed melodic chorus, “Nothing but a Loser,” almost sounding nu-metalish with its chopped guitars and simplistic yet catchy riffs, and “Low.” Also worth noting is the ballad “Reflection,” which is extremely well done. Unfortunately, not every track fares so well. The opening track sounds like a misplaced Black Label Society track, complete with the sloppy vocals, and several tracks on the album just seem like filler for an album that could have easily been trimmed down to nine or ten tracks.

Coldseed likely will not appeal to many fans of more extreme metal, but fans of the Scandinavian/Northern European metal scene would do well to check out this album. Fans of Speed will, of course, want to pick up his latest offering.

Highs: Refreshing, lighter sound

Lows: Not enough meat on the album

Bottom line: Worthwhile for fans not expecting a headbanger

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)