Burning Cold

Damad - Burning Cold ©2000 - Prank Records/Mordam
1. Kick In The South
2. Wordless
3. Burning Cold
4. Token
5. Skin Tight
6. Hide And Seek
7. Land Escape
8. Link

Ouch. My teeth hurt. I don't know who Damad are but they certainly have a vicious left hook right to the kisser. Channelling anger very effectively and yet with a certain subtlety often regaled only to a few bands, Damad's Burning Cold is a harsh, destructive record that falls into the vein of Neurosis styled heavy hardcore. Damad shows a lot of variety within these songs, all while serving up a heaviness that Ronald Reagan might describe as "a ten ton heavy thing". I don't tend to listen to much hardcore tinged stuff simply due to the fact that most of those type of bands aren't able to progress beyond shouting and basic playing, but Damad transcends that. Multi-layered and filled with surprising arrangements, Burning Cold's hatred is worth the occasional listen. This sort of harnessed animosity is something only saved for rare occasions, but it is among the best I've heard in awhile. Fans of Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan and other adventurous heavy-core music should take note of this release.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2000

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