Coldwar – “Pantheist” (Candlelight Records)
Pantheism – The belief that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent God, or that the universe (or nature) is identical with divinity. Pantheists thus do not believe in a personal or anthropomorphic god. Well, despite this Dublin crew’s sentiments I can’t hear anything particularly blasphemous or evil about their music, especially coming from a label like Candlelight. That said, it is certainly extreme, mixing the stench core of hardcore punk with extreme metal. Ultra roaring riffola courtesy of Paul n Dave’s guitars while Trev’s hoarse punk as fuck vocals rear up and foray to the fore amid heavy pummeling bass n drums on aggressive songs like ‘Mazu Awakens’, ‘The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer’ and ‘Abandonment Of Being’. With a raw feedback sound graced by dark, clanging melodies and a ripping Pantera groove chucked in on occasion Coldwar certainly live up to their menacing name and have a fearsome reputation live having played Wacken Open Air (Germany), Obscene Extreme Festival (Czech Republic), Loud As Fuck (USA), Up the Punks (UK) and toured alongside bands such as Fear Factory, Soulfly, Sepultura, Suffocation, Anthrax, Hatebreed, and Napalm Death. With four releases already under their burgeoning belts, “Pantheist” is another rock hard release that will only cement their enviable record even further.