Coldwar from Ireland have been
going on since 1999, and you can in many ways hear that this is a band that has
some years of metal under their belts. 'Christus Deathshead' in its entirety is
a fine, coherent work and draws upon many of the artists I have always adored.
There is a dose of Slayer in there, some Napalm Death, a bit of Sepultura,
Machine Head, you can hear lots of things in Coldwar's music.
It's a decent album altogether and the concept of mixing biblical themes with
the current state of our miserable world also works fine, but the one aspect
that I cannot get to terms with is the vocal performance of Trevor Mclave. Yes,
it's a matter of taste, and you might think quite differently, but I'm not a fan
of a completely unvaried bellow throughout an entire album. I need some
variation or at least a voice that is just so cool that you don't need any
versatility. In this case I'm afraid the coolness isn't present and it's rather
without any dynamics. For me it's a mark on an otherwise fine album.
As I said you might think differently, so try it out.