Year of the Spiderby Cold
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.
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- Interscope Records
Performance CreditsCold 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 CreditsHoward Benson Programming,Producer
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Rivers Cuomo Composer
Casey Stone Engineer
Jordan Schur Executive Producer
Eric Miller Engineer
Deborah Lurie String Arrangements
Jason Harter Art Direction
Scooter Ward Composer
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.