Review – Years Spent Cold: Moving Heaven to Hell

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Years Spent Cold: Moving Heaven to Hell
Hardcore, Metalcore
Eulogy Recordings
2008
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Years Spent Cold is a Hardcore/Metalcore act that doesn’t quite live up to what was expected from the samples heard at the local retailer where I discovered this act. In the samples available in their system, Moving Heaven To Hell sounded more like a Deathcore act with plenty of intense breakdowns that would make plenty of bands in the Deathcore movement weep. Instead, upon the arrival of the disc, it’s clear that this band is a Metalcore act that is very deep in the Hardcore roots with some pretty intense music littered with rather poor breakdowns.

Moving Heaven To Hell seems to be a Hardcore album that brings a Metalcore feel to it thanks to the blistering drumming abilities and the Melodic Death Metal guitar hooks that present themselves throughout many of the songs. Much of the material on here is intense, but there’s nothing too original about any of it, and the breakdowns that are littered throughout this release are actually rather boring and come off as all too lazy. The first time through the album, you’re going to enjoy much of it. The title track “Moving Heaven To Hell” is actually a pretty catchy track with some real intensity in the music with a decent breakdown. The same can be said about the track “No One Misses You”, which uses a breakdown to kick the song off, plus everything just flows naturally. The build up to the breakdowns in the song itself is great, and even the breakdowns on here flow well with the song, making this the best track off the entire album, as long as you can ignore the insanely boring outro breakdown used.

One of the biggest upsets about the album comes from the breakdowns. The thing that really hurts it is that these breakdowns, while some are alright, pretty much ruin the flow of the song. You’ll have one intense as hell experience going on, then all of a sudden it’ll start merging into a very boring breakdown through use of one of the most obvious and overused music transitions into it. It’s either that, or the breakdown itself is simply a drum kick spaced apart by two to three seconds, with one or two strums of a simple guitar chord, up to maybe five max. This is actually really insulting considering the talent the band does have, such as the introduction to “Abandon All Hope” and the almost inhuman double bass kicks used there, and how intense some of the songs become right after these breakdowns. Take “Break All Ties” for example, the song isn’t all that great throughout but it does have it’s moments, and then goes into an insane slow breakdown near the end, then hammers into the most impressive moment of the entire song with intense double bass kicks and a nicely flowing outro to the track. It also doesn’t help that plenty of the tracks on here seem to change up constantly, especially after a breakdown, as if you’re listening to a whole other song. “End Your Life” is spectacular but changes so many times, much like a number of tracks before and after, and leave you with very little stability left in the release.

All in all, Years Spent Cold really do have the potential to make a rather big name for themselves. The actual music on here is actually pretty intense, even though a good deal of it is easily dismissed and forgetable for one reason or another. But tracks like “Moving Heaven To Hell”, “Break All Ties”, “No One Misses You”, even “End Your Life” prove to be promising from this band. However, this doesn’t mean the album will hold your attention for very long since much of the music here will quickly grow old on repeat listens, if not by the second listen. If you’re a die hard fan of these kinds of releases then you’re going to absolutely eat up Years Spent Cold, but for those looking for a little more then just breakdowns composed of a slow paced drum kick, or enjoy a nice flow to the song from start to finish, this one will get you pumped from the intense music on your first few romps through, then let you down greatly as the flow breaks up too many times to count.


01. Intro – 0:37
02. Ear To Ear – 1:42
03. Moving Heaven To Hell – 3:28
04. Retribution – 2:05
05. Break All Ties – 2:19
06. No One Misses You – 3:09
07. Coming Up Roses – 2:53
08. End Your Life – 2:21
09. Abandon All Hope – 3:33
10. We Set Fire – 3:02
11. Lifeless – 2:04
12. Turncoat – 2:08
13. Toy Soldier – 2:29
Initial Pressing Score: 4.5/10

Years Spent Cold
Years Spent Cold

Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds