Due to the recent popularity of metal-core and the abundance of bands spawned off the supped-up technicalities of scene legends Botch *and *Converge, it’s getting harder and harder to discover bands that somehow incorporate innovative, fresh ideas into a style that’s constantly trying to outdo itself in terms of abstruse dynamics and head-mangling fret-wizardry. It takes a fierce dedication and a real creative flair to gain the approval of old scenesters these days but Canada’s Jude The Obscure **just might have what it takes.
Definitely in league with kindred spirits *Since By Man *and *Botch *Jude The Obscure implement some quirky experimental sections as a break from the usual onslaught of quickfire riffs and rhythmic alternations. ‘Eyes Bat Lash’s spoken word section is a gripping detour, even if it is swiftly battered to smithereens by ten tonnes of towering riffage.
Unfortunately, for all its astounding good points some parts, such as the horrible nu-metal melodies in ‘Stab’ fall flat on their arse. And we could’ve definitely done without the ‘radio-friendly’ emotion-draining ballad ‘Wake Up My Love’, with its impassioned Hundred Reasons-style backing vocals. When they get it right however, it’s absolutely captivating. _‘Seven Steps Remix’ _is a beautifully dark, mellow number with a nice echoing tribal drum beat that precludes the original - _‘Seven Steps Before The Sun’ _– its chaotic spazz-metal rendering it almost unrecognisable in comparison.
As a whole _‘The Coldest Winter’ _is a seriously good addition to your noise-core collection; bursting with powerfully grating guitars heavy with dissonance and angular twists and delivered with the kind of stringent disciplined aggression that should definitely see this band go far.
8Mat Hocking's Score