Cold Colours
The Great Depression
Style: Progressive Modern Dark Metal
Release date: 5 September, 2011
Playing time: 33:11

Already the band's 6th release and the first that has caught my attention. 3 EP's and now their 3rd full length, although I know EP's that are longer. This band from Minneapolis, USA has one main man and that is Brian Huebner on vocals, guitar and keyboard. He is the only original member left. Since 1998 the band wore out 18 members and I don't know if that says something about Brian or the music. Lucky for him he found Jamie Strobach (drums), Tom Brown (bass) and Chuck Wagner (guitar) to help him out with this new record.

The intentions are there, but it doesn't make me very happy. The vocals are a combination of aggressive and clean ones. Both are not very convincing, especially the clean make my toes curl at times. The band tries to sound like Nevermore a couple of times, especially in the clean singing parts, but they are far, far away from that high level. Several influences from different styles can be heard in the song, a little bit of death, some power metal, a slice of gothic and a progressive touch. If done right and packed in well arranged songs, this can be a good combination, but not on this album. The vocals are not good enough for that and it all sounds too forced. The production isn't that good either and all those minuses are a little too much. Sometimes they are on the right track; the best song is without a doubt "Lost Inside". If they can write an album with songs in that style, it would be a lot better, in that track all the elements and styles make sense.

Next time a complete album with only good songs please.


01. Deny, Embrace, Define
02. Desire (The Fallen Will)
03. A Tried Masquerade
04. Daylight
05. Days On Ire
06. Redemption
07. Deceiver
08. Lost Inside

Label: Sleaszy Rider Records
Distribution: Sleaszy Rider Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 2 October, 2011