COLD CELL | GENERATION ABOMINATION [SWISS EXTREME METAL] REVIEW BY KATIE METCALFE

1236300_420444444741414_224905304_nExtreme metal band Cold Cell hail from Switzerland, and have been around since 2012. Generation Abomination is their debut album, and is released via Swiss label Gravity Entertainment. The album artwork reflects its theme – a world built on empty values and the praising of false gods – and is stark, chilling and really fucking effective.

The first track EndZeitGeist is intense from the word go, and reminiscent of Marduk. It has a strong structure, and the vocals are hostile and penetrating. The tempo soon picks up, maintaining that intensity. The professionalism of Cold Cell is evident already, and I’m convinced they’ll maintain it throughout the album. I’m enjoying the fact that this track is so multilayered. It feels quite progressive, though maintains something of an old school flavour. Mid-way it slows right down and is pared back, and adopts a haunting, melancholic tone. But it’s not long before the vocals smash through that thick wall of melancholy, and fire the track up again. It’s a really excellent start to the album.

The second track Next Stop: Disillusion Centre starts off with a satisfying, chugging guitar riff. The slow tempo weighs the track down with atmosphere, and the vocals are gripping and really well executed. When the tempo shifts, the track morphs into something more intense and ferocious. This album does not, at all, sound like a debut. It sounds like a release from a band who’ve had several albums out already. Towards the end it adopts quite a ritualistic feel, which I appreciate and enjoy, and proves their adaptability and willingness to experiment.

The title track Generation Abomination starts off with an eerie intro that sinks fast and deep into your bones. The vocals are demonic and intimidating. There’s quite an urgent feel to the track once it starts to fill out, though everything is really well balanced and tight. There are brief moments where the track brings to mind Peste Noire. It’s a really fulfilling track on multiple levels.

Shitfaced Existence kicks off with a domineering intro. It sounds primitive and warlike, though oddly sometimes rather like Shining, which I didn’t expect at all. It’s a dense track that requires multiple listens.

Endless Narcotic Fields starts off with a mid-tempo, chugging guitar riff once again. It feels quite doomy, though it’s really gripping, with a fair bit of experimentation. The production of this album so far is fucking excellent. I find myself almost hypnotised by the tempo, so that when it speeds up it jolts me. The track shifts from sounding really ferocious, to something much more sinister. All the transitions are smooth and there are masses of clever twists. Though it’s over while I’m still in the middle of it all.

Desert Of Thoughts kicks off with a very slow pace, and with clean vocals, which are a (good) shock to the system. This track is hypnotic and massively atmospheric. Before long though it kicks in with this epic strength, which, though the tone and tempo shifts, is maintained throughout.

The Perception Of One In All sounds a bit different, though there’s a really rich, dark quality to it. It’s dense and reminds me a bit of Enslaved. It’s the little details in this track which really make it stand out. There is an element of repetitiveness, but it’s mesmerizing rather than irritating.

Stereotypes Of A Sick Spawn kicks off with fucking furious energy, and feels chaotic and intense, pulling me into something of a trance. It’s crushing, and quite oppressive. The ending comes as a shock when it kicks back up again like the living dead.

Depressing/Depressive New World is a muscular track, rammed with energy and intensity. The vocals are stirring and mystifying, and all in all it’s a really inventive song. One which touches many levels. It’s perhaps slightly less urgent that the previous tracks. I’ve really appreciated the moments of technicality all the way through this album, and the vocals are consistently strong. This track feels quite progressive, but there’s real force and integrity behind it. There are brief moments of stillness where the mood alters, and it feels much calmer. The style of the band seems to shift momentarily too. Towards the end there’s this blast of aggression, like a violent, volcanic eruption.

The final track Neon Fade-Out has a completely different feel all together, and is very mellow. To be honest, it doesn’t sound like the same band and the vocals, at times, remind me of Nocturno Culto. Overall, it makes for a really interesting listening.

Generation Abomination is a phenomenal, fulfilling release which pulverises all expectations. Get hold of it. [9] https://www.facebook.com/coldcellofficial