Dublin’s Coldwar are a band who are not easy to like. But, that’s the point: they don’t want to be the sort of band that people ‘like’: they want to be reviled, repulsed, exorcised. They are confrontational and uncompromising. They are in your face. And they ram their (anti-)message down your gullet with less subtlety than having it extracted with a pair of red hot pliers.
‘Pantheist’, the band’s fifth full length release, is an album which well and truly lives up to their reputation: it is dark, foreboding, intense – and it’s also an album that takes a while to get into… at first listen, it does indeed repulse and insult, not least your eardrums in terms of its intensity. But, it is also an album that needs to be repeatedly listened to, and with careful, fearful intent, as it evolves and transforms with each return visit, drawing you deeper and deeper into the distorted psyche of its creators with every transmogrified listening, each peeling away the intricate layers of what lies underneath the surface of this challenging, bullying and black-blooded opus.
Heart Of Darkness / Ether Child / Mazu Awakens / 13th Moon / The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer / Ghostdance / Consciousness Paralysis / Abandonment Of Being / Last Days Of The 4th Sun
Recommended listening: The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer