SOILWORK singer Bjorn “Speed” Strid and former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch who fronts his own band SAVAGE CIRCUS have both been busy individuals who managed to find time to create a different kind of band outside of their own. COLDSEED is the result and additional help comes from SIEGES EVEN bassist and a Spanish guitarist. I have to say that I wasn’t too excited about the project. If I heard it…fine! If not…no big deal. Well, I have to say that I wasn’t too excited upon hearing it. “My Affliction” is a mildly paced opener complete with electronics and simple riffing and a consistent beat. Speed’s voice sounds odd as he tries to sing not just clearly, but deep. It’s weak. He then manages to scream like he does nowadays in his day job. This wasn’t what I was expecting from such talented artists on all fronts. It’s weak!
Does it get any better than this? Well, let’s try to forge ahead. “Democracy Lesson” slightly picks up the pace, but what is unique here is that along with all the angered screaming, Speed tries to sing with passion and it sounds good. I like when he can try to out do himself from previous work. While the composition continues to be weak, I do like this one better. There are some weak keyboard work, but I like it and the guitars are beefed up just a tad. More trouble lies ahead for the six piece as “Nothing But A Loser” is a sludgy, but tries to be a heavy jam that is more along the lines of a Nu-Metal song. This one just drags. It’s boring and any life that was left in the band is completely sucked out of them. Perhaps after realizing that fans who bought this are getting bored, the speed factor is injected for “Five More To Fix.” This one actually rocks for what its worth. It’s fast paced with galloping, angry and quick riffs and Thomen kicks it into high gear with the drumming. It’s catchy and fun. The solos aren’t all that great, but they do manage to pack a punch.
“Burning With A Shade” is weird because it has an industrial vibe that could be compared to newer RAMMSTEIN music. Strid’s voice sounds tortured and evil here, but once again, this is boring. “Low” Brings to mind newer SOILWORK material. It’s ok, but fading fast except for the Hot Topic kids who think that this rules! “Reflection” is a ballad that is interesting. Bjorn pours his heart on here as he is singing at his most sincere and it shows. It’s good to hear that the man has more than one range of screaming, er singing. The programmed beats are here to accompany him, but the gang plugs it in every now and then. I think I like this song best out of the whole disc. The bottom line is that this is a mess of an album. Even though all the guys entered this realm under a different name, it doesn’t work.
The guys are capable of much better than this and it doesn’t show at all. They are trying to do too much on each song and they don’t flow that well either. Mr. Strid is treading on thin water these days as TERROR 2000 isn’t exactly great, this isn’t either and SOILWORK is losing a step or two or three. Thomen is replicating B.G. “Imaginations From The Other Side” with his latest. Not bad, but needs to be more creative. Folks, at this point in your careers, don’t focus on new projects, get your respective bands back on track and quick too. The production is fantastic, but doesn’t work with this new wave of bad music. There are some interesting aspects to a couple of songs, but not enough to keep me or true Metalheads around.
(Online November 5, 2006)