Cold In Berlin- The Comfort Of Loss & Dust

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Candlelight Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.plastichead.com//item.asp?ex=fitem&target=CANDLE494CD
Band Website: http://www.coldinberlin.com/

Band Line-upCIB_digipak.indd

Maya – Vocals/Lyrics
Adam – Guitar
Lawrence – Bass
Frank – Drums

Tracklisting

01. She Walks
02. The Bell
03. Dopamine
04. The Sinner
05. Fucking Loud
06. Mysterious Spells
07. Coming Back for More
08. Pray for Us
09. Ghosts
10. Natural Order

Review

Not many acts can claim to have played the British Library. This young London based quartet can however, having made it their stage for the night during the “Terror and Wonder” exhibition, which celebrated all things gothic late last year and at the beginning of 2015. Cold In Berlin however describe themselves as “Stoner Goth”, preferring to channel dark energies through fuzzed up and fucked up guitars rather than delicate melodies or romantic baritone vocals.

The Comfort of Loss and Dust throws you in a room with dirty walls, smothering the listener in layer up on layer of bawdy vocals, bass lines covered in grit, and some of the hardest drum hits you will have ever experienced. Recorded in the east end by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Sunn O))) and Electric Wizard), this sophomore offers some of the gothic doom appeal we heard on Give Me Walls, but with a fresh injection of anger, spite and betrayal, mostly spat out by Maya’s vocals, which push the mic into overdrive at time, and come in at schizophrenic angles on the stereo.

“The Sinner” lingers with late night magic, and with the battering of a bass drum and frantic riffing that harks back to authentic English doom metal. At the same time, post-punk and deathrock influences are frighteningly obvious on “Fucking Loud”, which shows Cold In Berlin have but outdone their debut in terms of abrasion.

Lyricist and singer Maya obviously fancies herself as somewhat a visionary, as shown by the slightly awkward spoken word and noise track “Mysterious Spells”, and there is room for the band to expand on album three. However, as the album starts to retire with “Ghosts” and especially the closing highlight “Natural Order”, which has been lurking in live sets and online for a while, but is restricted, sprinkled with reverb and given new life, it’s clear Cold In Berlin deserve the reputation as foreboding force in modern music.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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