Anguished: Cold

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Anguished: Cold
Black Metal
Hammer of Hate Records
2010
Release length: 39:51
“Holy shit! What the hell did I listen to? What the hell was that?!” This is the exact reaction that took place as I fell backwards onto the floor as soon as the opening chords of “These Gray Days” began from the Anguished album Cold. Anguished is a female fronted metal band, and after searching for upwards of an hour, I simply could not find any information about this group, not even on the Hammer of Hell website, their current label. Of course, once the initial shock is over, and you lower the volume of your speakers that may have been damaged by the high pitched screams, Cold is not a bad album.

As stated, you have to keep the volume low, especially when you first tread into the territory of Anguished. “These Gray Days” blasts right in, no introduction or ambient opening, which is typically a good thing when the song itself builds up for a few seconds, but not in this case. The music on the recording is actually rather low, but the vocals are just so high pitched it’s insane. The best way to describe it is if you were listening to a woman who spoke a language you don’t understand pushing the limits of the high octave shriek that Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth can hit to the point where it sounds like a temper tantrum that is in rhythm with the music. And therein lies the main problem of the record. These vocals are echoed, insanely high pitched to the point where they would break glass, which traditionally wouldn’t be a bit thing if they weren’t podded up so loudly in the recording and kept down a bit to mix with the music. That might not help in the case of some of these songs though, as they can just come at you in a manner that doesn’t quite work with the song and ultimately just sounds like someone screaming just to scream, or like a temper tantrum period.

Luckily, that isn’t the case on all the songs. While “These Gray Days” really winds up being a song that is practically unlistenable, there are some songs on here that show a little more promise from the band. The following track, “Come to Me Satan”, clearly takes inspiration from traditional Black Metal, but with the vocals it sounds like there’s a hint of Cadaveria influence thrown into the mix. The clean singing is a nice touch, though horribly off key with the music. The shocking thing is that it works well with the music, and if you can adapt to it, you won’t be able to get that portion of the song out of your head. The shrieks sound so much better and work well with the haunting music being performed. Basically, this is like transitioning to night and day. Luckily, these types of haunting songs that show a little more dexterity in the band and vocals appear throughout the release, and not just this one time.

Outside that, the quality of Cold is about what you would expect from an underground Black Metal release. The album sounds much like a demo tape that was recorded back at the start of the second wave of Black Metal, maybe with a slight Abigor feeling to them, and a blatent Amon Amarth rip off in the riffs of “Depart This Life” from the song “Death in Fire”, which isn’t too bad given the haunting chords that are being played, and considering the approach and mentality of many individuals that enjoy the underground style, this was probably done not due to a lack of money, but more for the atmosphere. If it wasn’t, then whatever the reason winds up working to the benefit of the band. The only issue with it is that it causes the demo to clearly have a high pitch, which can be heard everywhere on the release. It would have been nice to have some stronger sounding guitars in the long run, since they wind up sounding a little weaker and, sometimes, as if they were transfered from one cassette to another, being washed out by dubbing issues. On top of that, some songs clearly are meant to fade or ring out, and never do. Instead they are abruptly cut off.

But, all things considered, this album is rather enjoyable once you make it past “These Gray Days”. Infact, just skip it all together. “Come to Me Satan” is where the album really starts to pick up, and the rest of the tracks basically sound like that one. There isn’t much variety of the songs, though the guitars and drumming do differ in sound. The main problem is they don’t quite differ structurally and sometimes sound like you’ve heard it just one or two tracks ago. But, there are some nice touches here and there to keep things interesting. “September Nights”, for example, is one of the most interesting tracks off the album, and really shows the abilities that the band has as far as composing music goes. The song does feature a few moments throughout where it seems to drag on, but for the most part it keeps the listener attentive with it’s rather simple but well played Black Metal riffs that go off into a slower, more reflective moment that features soft, spoken words from the vocalist that, given the limitations of the recording, are simply enchanting. The same can be said for the soft singing throughout the title track, “Cold”. “The Last Trip” also makes for an enjoyable departure from the band’s standard style, as it’s one of the slower songs and features a little more experimentation in the guitars to set a melancholic, haunting feel to the album with some rather epic moments being performed a little past the half way point that will simply melt the heart of any Black Metal fan.

Anguished seriously has some potential as far as Cold is concerned. When you listen to this album, shades of bands like Abigor, Catatonia, Belmez, even Burzum show through in the classic yet simple song compositions and atmosphere. While this album may not be on par with some of those legendary acts, it’s still fascinating to listen to, and the female vocals, when kept under control, make for a very haunting atmosphere to the dismal sound the band plays. Your first time through this release will be rough, but the morie you listen to it, the more the band begins to open up to you and you see just what they are capable of, loving every minute as Cold continues on. If you follow the warning laid out through this review, don’t expect anything new or groundbreaking, and accept the general production faults of the release, then chances are good you will enjoy this release.

01. These Gray Days – 3:44
02. Come to Me Satan – 4:18
03. September Nights – 7:54
04. Depart This Life – 5:06
05. Tired – 5:10
06. The Last Trip – 4:50
07. Verivala – 4:14
08. Cold – 4:34
Overall Score: 6/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hammer of Hate Records.