COLDSPELL – Infinite Stargaze

COLDSPELL - Infinite Stargaze
  • 8/10
    COLDSPELL - Infinite Stargaze - 8/10


Release date: February 20, 2009

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Sometimes it is easy to excite, one just has to focus on a simple credo: Do what you do best, do it with your heart, and the world will recognize you. That is the case with Coldspell. The five Swedes are everything but special, extraordinary or original. The debut album called Infinite Stargaze is only one thing: good. Just good.

Having left their adolescence well behind, the band whose members have been around for a while without stepping into the limelight fully (guitar player Michael Larsson released two relatively unknown albums with R.A.W., but that was last millennium), this is a work of musicians who do not want to impress or show off, but just produce decent, down to earth Hard Rock.

Their style is rooted deeply in the Seventies and Eighties, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin at times (“Raving Mad”) or Rainbow (“Fade Away”), with a touch of Blues that reminds the listener of Whitesnake (“Eye Of The Storm”). Big names to drop, you say? Yes, but rightfully so. The melody, the feeling, the groove derives directly from the great days of Melodic Metal and earthy Rock. One thing is certain: Every big name mentioned has produced albums which are nowhere near as good as Infinite Stargaze!

The voice of Coldspell, singer Niclas Swedentorp, deserves a special mention here. Melodic Rock or Metal stands or falls with the voice, and Niclas is definitely one of the top voices in the genre. He looks eye to eye with Jorn Lande or Joey Tempest, and in this gives Coldspell the edge over many other bands in the genre. But it would not be fair only to mention Niclas, as solid musicianship, excellent songwriting and a very powerful production give him the forum in which he can shine.

Regardless which track you pick, it is all great, catchy, sunshine Rock. It just becomes spring everywhere, so this may be a fitting soundtrack to the increasing warmth of the season, as the twelve songs will blow away the morning mist and every bad mood one may be in and puts the first smile on your face, even before you had your first coffee.

To return to the beginning of this review: They do a great job, you can hear that they’re in it with their heart – now it is up to you to recognize them.


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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