Year of the Spider [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For the past few years, Scooter Ward and his bandmates have rushed headlong down paths of self-doubt and self-destruction, documenting the results in songs as dark as any to have emerged from the nü-metal universe. So it comes as something of a surprise to hear Cold collaborating with an apparent polar opposite, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, who sits in on the purposefully ugly "Stupid Girl" similar in theory, but not in sound, to similarly titled songs by Garbage and the Rolling Stones. No worries about Cold changing directions, though: The Floridians drag Cuomo down into the muck with them, where he thrashes about in suitably moody fashion. For his part, Ward continues to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For the past few years, Scooter Ward and his bandmates have rushed headlong down paths of self-doubt and self-destruction, documenting the results in songs as dark as any to have emerged from the nü-metal universe. So it comes as something of a surprise to hear Cold collaborating with an apparent polar opposite, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, who sits in on the purposefully ugly "Stupid Girl" similar in theory, but not in sound, to similarly titled songs by Garbage and the Rolling Stones. No worries about Cold changing directions, though: The Floridians drag Cuomo down into the muck with them, where he thrashes about in suitably moody fashion. For his part, Ward continues to expose the feral urgency heard on the band's last outing, 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage; it comes to the fore here on "Suffocate" and "Don't Belong," and it's exacerbated by Sam McCandless's primal drumming. Ward's worldview has expanded beyond the confines of his own four walls, and even though there are those who might say he's better off now than when Cold was slogging through the southern club scene, he's still got plenty of nihilism to vent -- and vent he does on the apoplectic album closer, "Kill the Music Industry." There's plenty of bite, and plenty of venom, lurking here.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While no less a nu-metal authority than Fred Durst was their original benefactor, Jacksonville's Cold has always had a secret weapon in its heavy rock arsenal: mouthpiece. It's mouthpiece Scooter Ward's powerful singing -- not shouting or rapping, like so many of his contemporaries -- that distances he and his mates from the pack. This doesn't mean they're better; indeed, Cold's first two releases weren't consistently strong efforts. However, with the release of Year of the Spider, Cold has placed more emphasis on atmospherics, centered itself behind Ward's lyrics, and has even collaborated with Weezer. While these moves might alienate some metalheads out there, it's a great way of surviving the coming day of judgment, when the bell will toll for all but the best of the nu-metal moaners. Year of the Spider was produced by Howard Benson, who's best-known for masterminding P.O.D.'s triple-platinum Satellite. Just as that group tempers its pummeling rhythms with passionate lyricism, so Benson has massaged the aggro-metal of Cold's initial releases into a better framework for Ward's gruff croon and deeply personal lyrics. Grappling with a family crisis, Ward pleads bitterly and openly in "Cure My Tragedy A Letter to God": "If you make the world a stage for me then I hope that you can hear me scream," he sings. "Don't take her smile away from me she's broken and I'm far away." It's arresting to hear such defiant honesty in a genre that, despite its reliance on depressing themes and personal rage, too often is maligned by its own acrimony. "Wasted Years" reaffirms this sentiment. An ambitious, acoustic-driven ballad accentuated by a full string section, the song builds with Ward harmonizing over specters of himself, repeating the song's desperate words until the final couplet. "It's not hard to fail/It's not easy to win." While this sort of impassioned lyricism can easily become a cliché, it's a credit to Ward's talent as a singer that he sells it. Sure, he sounds too much like Maynard James Keenan, and often seems like the emotional twin of Aaron Lewis. And in its new, more tuneful configuration, Cold can at times approximate the populist alt-rock of Bush. But none of this diminishes the fact that, in the bombastic, one-dimensional world of nu-metal, Cold's regeneration as a melodic, vocal-driven metal band helps it stand out, and will likely help it survive when the industry inevitably pushes away from the post-grunge table. Ward co-wrote the standout single "Stupid Girl" with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, and while nothing else on the record features as hooky a chorus, the appearance of Dollshead vocalist Sierra Swan livens up the otherwise dour "Suffocate." The move toward female vocal contributions in metal, illustrated best by the success of Evanescence, is an encouraging trend toward levity. Year of the Spider is still bruised with the clichés that burden so many releases in this genre. But the dreary purples, blues, and blacks have faded just enough to reveal a band that isn't as concerned with anger and volume as it is with emotion and melodic breadth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949364021
  • Catalog Number: 000000602
  • Sales rank: 9,796

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Remedy (2:57)
  2. 2 Suffocate (3:39)
  3. 3 Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God) (3:55)
  4. 4 Stupid Girl (3:09)
  5. 5 Dont Belong (3:40)
  6. 6 Wasted Years (4:07)
  7. 7 Whatever You Became (3:45)
  8. 8 Sad Happy (3:36)
  9. 9 Rain Song (3:37)
  10. 10 The Day Seattle Died (3:34)
  11. 11 Change the World (4:01)
  12. 12 Black Sunday (4:30)
  13. 13 Kill the Music Industry (19:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cold Primary Artist
Howard Benson Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Julie Gigante Violin
Roland Kato Viola
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
David Low Cello
Simon Oswell Viola
Mark Robertson Concert Master
Evan Wilson Viola
Sierra Swan Vocals
Michael Valerio Bass
Ana Landauer Violin
Terry Balsamo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Deborah Lurie Conductor, Synthesizer Strings
Kelly Hayes Guitar
Songa Lee Violin
Scooter Ward Vocals
Sam McCandless Drums
Phillip Levy Violin
Sam Fischer Violin
David H. Speltz Cello
Technical Credits
Vince Jones Digital Editing
Howard Benson Programming, Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer, Digital Editing
Rivers Cuomo Composer
Casey Stone Engineer
Jordan Schur Executive Producer
Adam Daniel Digital Editing
Eric Miller Engineer, Digital Editing
Deborah Lurie String Arrangements
Jason Lader Digital Editing
Jason Harter Art Direction
Scooter Ward Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I still want a tattoo of this spider

    I was so exited for this CD back when it was going to come out and I was NOT disappointed! Well except for I didn¿t have a tattoo to send in and get put on the booklet...but the music was great. And again the lyrics GREAT! Love how he expresses himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatests cd ever?

    This could very well be one of the best cd's I've ever heard. The cd is a mixture of rock and melody, which brings Year of the Spider to an extremely high peak when it comes to music. This is possibly the greatest Cold cd made. It brings up many important matters from death of a loved one to abusive relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE YOU COLD!!!!! ROCK ON!!!!

    This is definitly thier best album yet! The songs are inspiring and motivate me- I am proud to say that I am a huge fan of Cold!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than the last

    With time, all things get better. And nothing is more true with the release of Year of the Spider. This is truely Colds best work. Their first and second releases (Cold, and 13 Ways to Bleed On Stage) were very depressing and didnt work well with Scooter Wards vocals. What I have heard in this new release is a more mature group, and it is excellent! Remedy speaks to those who feel that they should figure things out on there own instead of being told what to do all the time. It is great. Prolly their best one yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    COLD Rules!!!!!!!!! Nuff said

    After Getting this CD, i didnt expect it this badass. the thing about this CD is that there is no track-skipping needed, because you'll be so hooked to the CD. the live features on their DVD are pretty awesome as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a not too cold review

    This album is a typical Cold album. I have to admit that the first half of the album is a bit soft...too much melancholy stuff, but the latter half is great though (nonetheless the album is still great). Tracks like "Suffocate" and "Sad Happy" make this album the all more enjoyable. Their great guitar riffs and drum beats keep the audience on a high horse throughout the album. I would totally recommend this album to guitar-loving, beat-seeking, lyric-reading fans that can really appreciate great music when they hear it.

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    Posted May 5, 2009

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