Monday, October 31, 2016

"Scarecrow" won the Halloween Contest by Brutal Resonance + new interview


Cold Therapy's song "Scarecrow" won the Halloween Contest, hosted by Brutal Resonance. Under the link you can read an interview with Cold Therapy and of course listen to the new track "Scarecrow", which will be part of the upcoming album "Figures and Faces".

Read more here:

Interview for Halloween Contest by Brutal Resonance


Interview by Steven Gullotta (Brutal Resonance)

Link to the original:
HERE

UNCOVER THE SECRET OF THE SCARECROW FROM THE WINNER OF OUR HALLOWEEN CONTEST

We're continuing to roll out the Halloween goodies on this festive day. We started off with a premiere of a music video and now we're moving forward by announcing the winner of our Halloween Contest. Out of all the many songs submitted by bands there was only one track that stood out the most to inspire thoughts of death, despair, and haunting walks through a graveyard. That song would be 'Scarecrows' by Polish dark electro act Cold Therapy. But let me waste away my breath no more; here's the reveal for 'Scarecrow'! Don't forget to check out the interview below to find out more about Cold Therapy and his interests in Halloween!

Hello Jacek, welcome to the site! First of all we'd like to congratulate you on winning our Halloween contest! So, let's get started talking about your winning track 'Scarecrow'. What was the song inspired by? When I saw the name and heard the song many 80s horror films came to mind such as 'Dark Night of the Scarecrow' and the like.

Jacek:  Hello! Thank you! To be honest I was really surprised that I actually won. I sent the track because a friend told me that I would have a good chance with my music and here we are. I'm happy that you liked the song! It's difficult to specify the inspiration, but let's just say that the 'Scarecrow' came to life after my contact with many forms of horror, gothic and fantasy styled art, which impressed me, starting from movies, going to video games like Bloodborne or Castlevania and even poetry. I just wanted to use my imagination and create some kind of story using mostly my voice and of course atmospheric music in the background. And 'Scarecrow' is the result.

And how did you go about writing this song? For a dark electro band, it's rather slow, atmospheric, and spooky. It seems different from what you normally would write.

Jacek:  Yes, I am aware that it's not too typical, not something that is really popular to listen to. From the start of Cold Therapy I always wanted to make dark electro music highly based on atmosphere, which, in my opinion, these days this music scene is lacking. I am just slowly gaining experience and trying to create my own sound and style. This song is a good teaser of the direction in which Cold Therapy is heading.

What do the lyrics of 'Scarecrow' revolve around? Are they simply fun, haunting lyrics or is there a deeper meaning to the track?

Jacek:  There is a deeper meaning. I am trying to create music that will work the imagination of the listeners, but also hide secrets as to what the lyrics really mean. The track is about human nature and a need to be accepted by the society, someone who has problems accepting themselves, who feels ugly and rejected, imperfect. This person starts to throw everything away just to pursue and achieve the goal to be beautiful. Doing so is changing and slowly losing their soul. They've become beautiful with a beautiful smile but have a soulless and rotten inside. At the end they're left with just who they really are.

This track is coming off of your next album Figures and Faces. When does the album come out, and what is it about? Do the songs all connect or are they all individual pieces? 

Jacek:  Yes, the album will be released on November 14th of this year under Advoxya Records. This release is mostly concentrated on dark atmospheres, containing lyrics in a form of poetry. I wanted to make music which could work on the imagination of the listeners. Not all of the songs are connected, but they all tell a story, have hidden meanings. It all really depends on how someone will understand them.

And now that we've discussed your track a little bit, let's get to talking about Halloween and all things related! What was the wildest Halloween party that you have ever been to? What made it so crazy?

Jacek:  To be honest, I had a lot of time without properly celebrating Halloween, mostly because in Poland it's not really that popular. But years ago, I remember that after a party with my best friends we decided to order and eat pizza in the cemetery. It was closed as it was middle of the night, so we needed to break in. Why I remember it so well is because it was me who sat on a chain connecting two stone pillars. One of them fell. It was so loud that the guards started to search for us and we needed to hide behind graves and tried to run from the cemetery being unseen to avoid being caught.

Out of all the costumes that you have ever worn throughout your younger years to now for Halloween, which one has been your favorite?

Jacek:  Unfortunately, due that the Halloween is not popular in Poland, I wore a costume only once when I was a kid. As I remember I was dressed as a skeleton.

If you could name five of your favorite horror films, which ones would they be and why?

Jacek:  Probably I will be a bit boring with it, but without any doubt, the best horror movie in my opinion is The Thing (1982). I just loved the atmosphere in this movie as well as the effects. To this day, I think the practical effects used in this movie are much better and scary looking than the CGI used in all new productions. Then, without really any ranking, but with which I have good memories: Alien, The Fly, 28 Days Later, and Species. There are more classics really, which I should also mention, but the list would be too long.

I've noticed that a lot of horror buffs may have favorite horror movies, but their favorite horror movie soundtracks may differ. Which horror film, to you, has the perfect soundtrack that cannot be beat?

Jacek:  Probably I will be boring again but I always loved the soundtrack of the Alien movies and The Thing. Whenever I hear music from these two movies, I feel nostalgia and have goosebumps.

Do you remember any one horror film that completely scared you as a kid, or even scared you half to death as an adult? I remember watching The Strangers and when I finished it every creak and noise in my house was someone trying to break in and murder me. What about you? Did you have any similar experiences with movies such as that?

Jacek:  Yes, as I stated before, my favorite horror movie is good old The Thing, and the funny thing is, that for the first time I watched it when I was a kid. I don't remember how old I was, maybe six. I was really scared to death, but also fell in love with horror movies. It was a love and hate at the same time, I was so scared that I couldn't watch, but I wanted to. It was the same with The Fly or Alien. Unfortunately, because of the CGI effects, I stopped watching horror movies that much, as nothing really scared me anymore. I hope one day I will find some pearls among them.

When it comes around to this dark holiday do you find yourself listening to any specific songs that get you in the Halloween spirit? If so, which ones?

Jacek:  Well, I enjoy listening to the music of Motoi Sakuraba, mostly to the music which he made as a soundtrack to the Dark Souls games. I find his work to be really impressive.

And lastly, I'd like to thank you for your time once again and wish the best for you and your career.

Jacek:  Thanks to YOU! I am happy for the chance and it was really nice to talk with you. Best wishes!

Cold Therapy's upcoming album "Figures and Faces" can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. For more on Cold Therapy, follow him on Facebook.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Figures and Faces" now available in POPoNAUT store



The standard edition of the album is now also available in the POPoNAUT store:

If you wish to get the Limited Edition, Signed CD + Postcard with Dedication, you can order here:

Or you can contact the band and reserve your copy here: 

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Postcards of the Limited Edition CD just arrived



And here are the postcards, which will be signed and will contain the dedications for everyone, who will order the Limited Edition of "Figures and Faces". Just arrived today.

To pre-order and reserve your Limited Edition copy of the album, you can contact me via email, or simply do it on Bandcamp:
➧ Email:
➧ Bandcamp:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"Figures and Faces" pre-orders starts now!



The new album "Figures and Faces" is now available to pre-order!

After 3 years since the debut album, Jacek is back again to working solo and as the vocalist of Cold Therapy, bringing you the new material with a new sound, much darker than ever before.

You can pre-order the album in two ways:

➧ From Advoxya Records - the Standard CD:

➧ Directly from the band - the Limited Edition of 40 Signed CD's + Postcard with Dedication. *(Read info below):

• Bandcamp:

• Orders via email are preferred.
You can contact the band and reserve your copy here: 

The release date is scheduled for:

• November 14th, 2016 (Physical)
• January 14th, 2017 (Digital)

You can also expect new "Figures and Faces" related items in the Cold Therapy's Merch Store, so keep an eye on it!

* INFO: If you decide to order the Limited Edition CD from the band:

• Please keep in mind that the orders can be completed with a small delay, or even finalized faster than expected. You will be updated about the progress of your order.

• Due to the record label's release policy, digital sales and album streaming will be available two months after the physical release date. If you pre-order the CD from the Cold Therapy's Bandcamp or via email, in both cases you will receive the digital copy of the album - it will be delivered to your email on January 14th, 2017.

➧ Album preview:
https://youtu.be/deBG8UZMG-Q

➧ If the album preview is blocked by GEMA - alternative link:

• Album artworks by: Infinite Design

• Album mixing, mastering & digital distribution by: W\SCHWER Music Production

Tracklist:

01. The Pretender
02. Figures and Faces
03. Scarecrow
04. Night Dwellers
05. Shapeless
06. The Dark Red
07. Portrait of Grotesque
08. Angesicht der Angst
09. The Broken One
10. A Story Untold (feat. Fredrik Croona)

11. Figures and Faces (Acervus Mix)
12. Portrait of Grotesque (Homicidal Feelings Remix)
13. Scarecrow (Remixed by impurfekt)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

"Figures and Faces" review by Halotan Records


Original review page here:
http://halotan.net/news/cold-therapy-figures-and-faces-review.html


My first encounter with Jacek Wolanski’s music was rather memorable. There were few dark elekctro projects in Poland, so I welcomed Unsinn’s debut with joy and curiosity. I was a little bit upset, when I didn’t got what I expected – a simple dance aggrotech album, however I soon discovered the potential of this record, which consisted in its somber and thick atmosphere. Since then many years has passed, and Jacek’s as a very productive artist delivered many albums, first with Traumatize and then with Cold Therapy.

If the first project was a little hit and miss for me, Cold Therapy on its second effort “Masquarade Infinite” impressed me with mature sound, skillful songwriting and rather “goth” than “cyber” approach. One year after this release we got third effort from Cold Therapy – “Figures and faces”, published by Advoxya Records.

If I would compare this album to some more famous project it would be early Suicide Commando and :wumpscut: merged Kirlian Camera and In Slaughter Natives, or even such classic figures of industrial sound as Einstürzende Neubauten. Well, it is definitely dark electro, but in a sense of the very beginnings of this genre in the early 90s where the task of bringing the people on a dancefloor wasn’t very important.

It’s definitely somber and depressed atmosphere what matters here. Just give a listen to the first song on the album – “The pretender”. If you thing this very slow BPM song serves only as an atmospheric intro for the album, you’re wrong. In fact, this thick and static structure of noises, melancholic melodies and guttural murmurs of Jacek sets the tune for the whole album. It’s really very consistent entity, so there will be no track-by-track in this review, as really wouldn’t make any sense.

At first I was a little bit upset, because I wasn’t prepared for that. Previous album, “The masquerade infinite”, which review you can find here was also an anti-dancefloor manifesto, however it still follow kick-snare-kick-snare rhythmic pattern, and tracks like “Puppeter” were somehow catchy. Well, forget about that this time. On “Figures and faces” gloomy landscapes are crawling slowly through you ears, and since the album didn’t change its tune this tension isn’t released which makes the listening experience rather difficult task.

It isn’t bad at all – do you imagine to listen Kirlian Camera’s “Todesengel” while you ride to work in the morning, or MZ. 412 “Domine Rex Inferum” as a cool soundtrack for reading an interesting book? Me neither. And that’s the case of “Figures and faces” – this work needs your attention, and if you give it all of the positive energy will be soon sucked out of you. However there’s also a variety in this consistent opus. A variety of neoclassical synth lines, industrial noises, beats and sounds which were thrown into this musical mixture was immense, and I only regret that all them (or maybe majority) are virtual samples, since even some recordings of real sounds would work here perfectly.

Anyway, if someone would insist to choose one or two tracks which are perfect to start with it’s definitely “The portrait of grotesque” – its repetitive, hypnotic chorus will easily infect your spirit with depressive stupor. Also the title track and instrumental Angesicht der Angst are worth checking out if you prefer to try some single tracks before plunge into the enterity of the album. However the latter solution is highly reccomendend, this album should be listened carefully from the start till the end. A strong and ambitious effort that stands out as a very original attempt to rediscover the essence of dark electronic sound.

Review by: Adalbert (Halotan Records)