ALBUM REVIEW: Coldbones – The Cataclysm

Release Date: April 17th 2020
Label: Dunk! Records
Website: None available


Kentish trio Coldbones come to us with ‘The Cataclysm’, a concept album which tells the epic tale of the end of humanity, and it does so without the band uttering a single word.

Without paying attention to the track titles, the songs are hard to differentiate between. Usually an album with little variation would be criticised, but in this case, it helps tie it into one narrative that flows nicely. Once you pay attention to the titles, the meaning behind the tracks starts to shine through like a magic eye image.

For example, the instrumentation of ‘Tide’ crashes around you like waves, and is layered with effects that make it sound as if the band is playing underwater. Meanwhile, ‘Cleanse’ combines angelic synths with thundering guitars and drums that play as if being purged of aggression before transitioning into the celestial interlude, ‘Ascend’.

Closer ‘Extinct’ is the only track to feature any kind of vocalisation, and does so in the form of spoken poetry. The words are taken from the first part of the Lord Byron poem, ‘Darkness’, with the climatic phrase “and all was black” coinciding with an epic explosion of instrumentation, marking the end of days. It’s somewhat of a shame that the album’s highlight comes from the art of another, though praise can be given to its delivery and the way the music really brings the literature to life.

‘The Cataclysm’ is an album enshrouded with darkness. It conjures feelings of hopelessness and existential dread that are naturally attached to the idea of the end, yet is somehow reassuring.

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