EP Review: Cold Summer – Fight To Survive

Cold Summer EPCold Summer

Fight To Survive

Release Date: 1st April 2016

Leeds four piece Cold Summer have made quite a name for themselves on the DIY post-hardcore scene having already released two self-produced EP’s ‘Transitions’ and ‘Wake’ and a self-titled album back in 2013. Now though, they are back with their brand new EP ‘Fight To Survive’.

The band spent a lot more time on this EP, revisiting and refining ideas before recording to make sure they had the best possible tracks to put out there for fans and newcomers alike. That is clear to see when you listen to the EP as you can here that progression in sound as they step up to become true contenders in the British post-hardcore scene.

Haunting sounds and lilting chords open up this EP on ‘Bear Eats Wolf’ building into the crescendo of thrashing drums, cymbal crashes and heavy, chugging guitar riffs. When the vocals come in, they are like screaming behemoths commanding your attention with their harsh, throaty delivery. The middle section of the track is a big departure from what has come before with a more melodic lead and harmonious vocals that grasp control changing the tempo and feel before ending in much the same vein as we started.

Building riffs intertwine gathering fervency on ‘A Time Imagination Forgot To Inspire’ while a steady rhythm backs up tuneful vocals flowing perfectly to carry us into catchy choruses. Danceable rhythms and infectious yet jumpy guitars make up these choruses which are bound to go down a treat live. The blend of tempos, styles and the change of feel over verse, chorus, verse gives this the air of being a very accomplished track.

Echoey chords and dank notes reverberate their way around the opening of ‘Car Crash (In Progress)’ creating a grungy atmosphere which runs throughout. The vocals add some light to those murky sounds as their sing-song harmony meanders around musical arrangements effortlessly. It’s an addictive track, with authoritative vocals and chugging riffs, that will remain with you for a long time after you’ve heard it.

‘Coins Fall (But Don’t Make It)’ opens with pounding beats and guitar lines that echo around the edges with their high pitched twangs. The building guitar give you a false sense of foreboding for the choruses because when they do arrive, they are calm and flowing with their repetitive riffs and vocals packed with poppy harmony. We end on a particularly heavy note with screaming vocals, the rapid splash of cymbals and huge drum beats before an abrupt end.

Deep, threatening bass notes open ‘Waiting’ creating a fast tempo and constant rhythm immediately. With this track, we go back to the hardcore sensibilities we had on the opener as screaming vocals with a bloodcurdling edge only add to the sinister feel while guitars riff frantically yet consistently and the pummel of the drums complete the huge, metal influenced sound faultlessly.

Closing track ‘Something, Nothing, No-One’ continues in much the same vein with a quick tempo, riffs that dance around making their importance known and screaming vocals that sit prominently over everything else. However, there’s more importance placed on a great rhythm and brilliantly catchy melodies here making this one yet another memorable song from a very good EP.

Check out the video for ‘Bear Eats Wolf’ taken from the EP below:

To find out more about Cold Summer visit their Bandcamp page, their Facebook page or you can follow them on Twitter – @coldsummeruk

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