Review: Coldburn – The Harsh Fangs of Life

Trying to take on the world from their homebase of Leipzig in Germany, Coldburn was formed in 2009. On September 30th, they released their first full-length, titled The Harsh Fangs of Life, on Beatdown Hardware, but can also be streamed through their Bandcamp.

Staying true to their hardcore roots, album-opener ‘Losing Game’ starts off with one of the heaviest bass-lines of the year before being joined by the rest of the band. Once the vocals kick in, associations are immediately called up with bands like Hatebreed. Musically bombastic and vocally vicious, this first song sets the pace for the rest of the album. The band shows no signs of stopping when they kick off ‘Sons of the Night,’ the third track on the album, which stands out amongst the rest because of it’s lyrics. “We, the sons of suffering, out to tear down one thing, the ones who reign the night, tonight this is the last big fight, never fit into your roles, we’re ending up the endless prowls, searching for treacherous snakes, to ruin all unfounded hate.”

The second half of the album flips it up musically, sounding more like a mixture between New York City and Boston hardcore bands such as Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front and Terror. ‘D.T.E’ clocks in at less than one minute, but in true hardcore spirit, this is one of the tracks on the album that will stick to you, simply because it’s straight to the point.

Closing off the album is ‘Wild, Wild Away,’ a track that is reminiscent of some of Coldburn’s earlier work, like last year’s 7” Hybris.

In just over 20 minutes, the band have managed to deliver a solid full-length release, which features some fine effort, but nowhere really stands out among the other releases of this year.

Track list – The Harsh Fangs of Life

  1. Losing Game
  2. When the Sun is Dreaming Quietly
  3. Sons of the Night
  4. Bite the Dust
  5. Love Left Me
  6. D.T.E.
  7. Pressure & Pain
  8. A Spiteful Remark
  9. Free Spirit
  10. Wild, Wild Away

Colburn: Bandcamp / Facebook / Tumblr

Written by Richard Bos

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