COLD SNAP: Spice Island: 7” single

Modern style hardcore that’s more sprawling than fast and in your face. Borders on ‘90s-style emo. The songs are based around a solid wall of guitar. Underneath are melodies that evoke a feeling of despair. Percussion rumbles and builds, giving the music tension, and the vocals are abrasive and shouted into a void. “American Cancer” builds to a mid tempo and goes from there. They attack, what I’m guessing, is the Bush Administration, and the indifference of a government too ready to declare war. Then on the flip is the title track and it continues along in the same mood as the opener: mid tempo, with a down feeling, and the details of a dead relationship. Overall, a decent record. But I’m wondering if they ever pick up the pace or just keep it to a slow simmer? Will they continue in the realm of hardcore, or cross over into Cap’n Jazz style music? Questions, questions…

 –M.Avrg (Cold Snap / Get Young)