Thursday, December 6, 2018

"The Darkest Hour" review by The Infidel Netwerk


Original review page here:
https://www.theinfidelnetwerk.com/single-post/2018/12/04/Review-Cold-Therapy---The-Darkest-Hour


Cold Therapy, a unique Industrial influenced one-man project from Poland, has returned with a haunting new album called The Darkest Hour. Living up to it's gloomy name, the release provides a captivating album equally inspired by Bach as it does :wumpscut:. Steadily moving forward in a Gothic funeral march, the entire release is an extremely moody, brooding, and atmospheric affair. Delightfully devilish it'll certainly appeal to your gothic tendencies by providing your favorite classical-inspired sounds (horns, strings, choirs, percussion, the whole shebang), almost always playing dark and macabre melodies and drenched in enough craftily programmed reverb that'll give you this constant impression he's somehow playing in a cathedral (creative studio FX skills at it's finest!).

The pacing and transitions between sections really draws heavily on the neo-classical influence, with everything feeling very succinct and clear in it's direction and emotion. A very confident and collected release, with maybe the only drawback is that it plays it a bit safe at times. Maybe not a release to play if you're looking for club bangers, this is certainly a meditative release great for background listening. However, that being said, don't mistake that observation for the album being repetitive or meandering, songs have several different distinct sections containing their own melodies and tonalities, and songs move and shape without having their sections feeling drawn out. I'd just save the overall release has a "soft" nature, despite some of his more gruff elements, such as the industrial-inspired arpeggios and synth leads or the deep and sometimes distorted vocals found throughout the whole release.

Truly a genre-bending release that stands on it's own with originality, but still will feel familiar to those familiar with some of the more atmospheric industrial bands out there. An enjoyable listen from beginning to end that will be found on my own personal playlist for the foreseeable future. Highly recommended to any industrial fans who enjoy more softer and melodic content, or neo-classical fans with an open mind. Dig it!

- Review by theProphet (Matthew Delbert Aaron Smith)

Monday, December 3, 2018

"The Darkest Hour" review by Dark Entries Music Magazine


Album rating: 7
(out of 10)

Original review page here:
http://www.darkentries.be/nl/recensies/cold-therapy-the-darkest-hour


De winter komt eraan; het perfecte moment om de gordijnen dicht te trekken, onder een fleece dekentje te kruipen, enkele kaarsjes aan te steken en een donker muziekje op te zetten. In tegenstelling tot wat sommigen misschien denken, luister ik niet enkel naar EBM, electro en andere uptempo muziekgenres, maar zijn er ook geregeld rustige en sfeervolle nummers in mijn huiskamer te horen. Maar over het algemeen opteer ik wel voor donkere soundtracks, want uiteindelijk ben en blijf ik nog altijd een vleermuis (dixit mijn familie). En dat geldt ongetwijfeld ook voor de grote meerderheid van ons lezerspubliek.

De Poolse jongeman Jacek Wolański lijkt ook iemand te zijn die van de combinatie donker en atmosferisch houdt. Met zijn vroegere band Traumatize maakte hij destijds dreigende en morbide electro; met zijn soloproject Cold Therapy trekt hij nu al enkele jaren voluit de kaart van de gothic. En ja, ik besef heel goed dat gothic op zich geen muziekgenre is, maar ik zou niet weten hoe ik zijn stijl anders zou moeten omschrijven. Er zitten ongetwijfeld elektronische elementen in zijn muziek en zo nu en dan maakt hij terug een uitstapje naar het terrein van Traumatize, maar Cold Therapy is in essentie toch vooral luistermuziek.

Het vorige album 'Figures And Faces' wist mij aangenaam te verrassen, niet in het minst omwille van de track 'Scarecrow', die ik nog steeds als één van de meest griezelige nummers uit mijn omvangrijke donkere muziekcollectie beschouw. Dit album deed mij denken aan de macabere, mysterieuze kortverhalen van Edgar Allan Poe, wat volgens mij ook de bedoeling was, want één van de terugkerende geluidseffecten was het gekras van een kraai. Op 'The Darkest Hour' is er geen zwarte vogel meer te bespeuren (tenzij in het artwork), maar laat u niet misleiden: de muziek van Cold Therapy is nog steeds duister en sfeervol.

In het persbericht bij het nieuwe album staat dat dit minder experimenteel zou zijn dan 'Figures And Faces', maar hiermee ben ik het niet eens. Persoonlijk vind ik 'The Darkest Hour' juist een tikkeltje ontoegankelijker, omdat het aandeel electro (als ik het zo mag noemen) relatief beperkt blijft. Zeker in het begin heb ik het gevoel dat ik naar een soort donkere poëzie aan het luisteren ben, waarbij de vocals van Wolański iets weghebben van spoken word. Dit gedeelte is iets te traag/rustig voor mij en kan mij om die reden minder bekoren. Het is pas vanaf het vijfde nummer 'The Light Is Dead' dat het album echt op gang komt. Er staat eigenlijk maar één echt "hevige" track op deze release ('The Solace Of Silence') en deze is pas tegen het einde te horen. Dit nummer is zowel in zijn originele uitvoering als in de versie van Dedicated Hardware één van mijn favorieten en zou als het vlaggenschip van dit album kunnen doorgaan (al mis ik in dat opzicht een echte uitschieter). Het is hoe dan ook de meest toegankelijke track, die evengoed op 'Figures And Faces' had kunnen staan. Echter, mijn grote favorieten zijn het sfeervolle 'Exordium To End' en het dreigend klinkende 'Relentless Torture', dat met zijn 2.52 minuten meteen ook de kortste track is (de meeste nummers zijn tussen de 3 en 4 minuten lang). Een bijzondere vermelding tenslotte voor 'Wśród Cieni', dat muzikaal niet echt mijn ding is, maar wel intrigerend, in die zin dat het één van de zeldzame keren is dat Wolański in zijn moedertaal zingt. Volgens Google Translate zou dit vertaald kunnen worden als 'Onder De Schaduwen', wat zeker en vast een toepasselijke titel is voor deze track en bij uitbreiding het ganse album.

In vergelijking met 'Figures And Faces' vind ik 'The Darkest Hour' iets minder sterk, maar niettemin is het een aangenaam luisteralbum om op te zetten tijdens donkere winteravonden. Laat de fleece dekentjes en kaarsjes maar aanrukken!

- Review by Marjolein Laenen

Sunday, December 2, 2018

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Monday, November 26, 2018

"The Darkest Hour" - OUT NOW!



The new CT's album "The Darkest Hour" is OUT NOW!

After 2 years since the previous release, CT is back! As before, you can expect this album to be dark and atmospheric, but this time - less experimental, compared to "Figures and Faces".

You can order it as the Limited Edition, Autographed CD + Poster, directly from the band, or as a Standard CD from Advoxya Records.

Limited Edition, Autographed CD + Poster *(Read the info below):

Standard CD:

Two months after the release date, it will be available in all digital stores and streaming platforms.

You can also expect new "The Darkest Hour" related items in the CT Merch Store, so keep an eye on it!

CT Merch Store:

Album artworks & Merch design by: Infinite Design

Album lyrics available here:

CT is looking for possible reviews of "The Darkest Hour".
If you are interested, please send a message on FB or here: coldtherapy.official@gmail.com
The album is provided in the form of a digital copy.

Tracklist:

01. A Dark Path
02. Ashes to Ashes
03. If You Go
04. I Remember
05. The Light is Dead
06. Nachtmahr (feat. Tanaros)
07. Relentless Torture
08. Wśród Cieni
09. Exordium to End
10. Fading
11. The Solace of Silence
12. Through the Night
13. The Solace of Silence (Dedicated Hardware Remix)
14. Ashes to Ashes (Neroese Doom Revision)

*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. It depends on how fast the CD's will get delivered to the CT HQ's.

• 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 order the CD from the CT's Bandcamp or via email, in both cases you will receive a digital copy of the album - it will be available on January 26th, 2019.

"The Darkest Hour" Lyrics



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"A Dark Path"

In this home I built of broken glass
where I sit and stand and lay alone
I muse the clocks, and hours pass
and I surrender to the voices unknown

Every word I ever screamed in rage
Every sob I ever cried in sadness
Every bitter memory of every age
This is the path of madness...

I walk a path I cannot see
The only one still known to me
The empty road of black and shade
Where fear is born and dreams are made

I walk a path I cannot see
The only one still known to me
The empty road of black and shade
Where fear is born and dreams are made

This is the path of madness...
Here every step may be my last

This is the path of madness...
My soul belongs to the past

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"Ashes to Ashes"

Darkness, ashes
Smoke and snow
The whistling wind
As shadows grow

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
You repeat those two lines
A hidden desire and fiery lust
Struggling beneath the twines

Cinders scatter
With the dawn
Fear and fire
Swiftly born

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
A body is lit up with flame
Smoke churned into the dusk
The burner is the one to blame

Sun and sorrow
Death and pain
Then like dawn
We rise again

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
You repeat those two lines
A hidden desire and fiery lust
Struggling beneath the twines

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
A body is lit up with flame
Smoke churned into the dusk
The burner is the one to blame

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust

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"If You Go"

Don't go, don't go
Don't open a black void 
Greater than the sea
The abyss to swallow and waste my love

Streets dead and hollow
I'm left wondering where you are
There will be no climbing up
No light. No soft, human touch

Cancer of the soul
Devouring, if you go...

Left dead like the moon
Left cold like the snow
Both things so beautiful
Both so sad on the surface below

If you go...
There will be no "me" anymore
If you go...
There will be no "me" anymore

If you go...
If you go...
If you go...

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"I Remember"

The Feeling
Of a racing heart
The Touch
Of your skin
The Smell
Of perfume
The Sight
Of all that's pure

I Remember
Remember...
I Remember
Remember...

The Smile
On your face
The Moments
Which we shared

The Feeling
Of a racing heart
The Touch
Of your skin
The Smell
Of perfume
The Sight
Of all that's pure

I Remember
Remember...
I Remember
Remember...

The Feeling
Of a racing heart
The Touch
Of your skin
The Smell
Of perfume
The Sight
Of all that's pure

I Remember

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"The Light is Dead"

In the darkness
Where we dwell
The endless deep
We know so well
The demons here
So dire and fell
All shadows of the self

Longing sorrow
In the heart
Broken, stolen
Worlds apart
The dance is still
The word unsaid
In silent grief
The light is dead

The light is... Dead
The light is... Dead

In the darkness
Where we dwell
The endless deep
We know so well
Radiance? Lost
Joy? Forlorn
Beauty? Pleasure?
Both long gone

Longing sorrow
In the heart
Broken, stolen
Worlds apart
The dance is still
The word unsaid
In silent grief
The light is dead

The light is... Dead
The light is... Dead
The light is... Dead
The light is... Dead

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"Nachtmahr (feat. Tanaros)"
lyrics by Jan Ricker (Tanaros)

Jedes Mal, wenn du die Augen schließt
Wirst du der Angst gewahr...
Jedes Mal, wenn du die Augen schließt
Jagt dich, der Nachtmahr...

Deine Augen aufgerissen
In der stillsten Stunde
Blutrot gefärbte Kissen
Erwacht ist deine Wunde

Dieses Bild eingebrannt
In jener finst'ren Nacht
Ein Schatten an der Wand
Der Mahr über dich wacht...

Jedes Mal, wenn du die Augen schließt
Wirst du der Angst gewahr...
Jedes Mal, wenn du die Augen schließt
Jagt dich, der Nachtmahr...

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"Relentless Torture"

Broken again, aren't we?
The wings torn apart
Should have realized it's all the same
The life didn't change, the hope always fades
Why?!

Relentless torture
Shredding the mind
Destroying all logic
The senses now blind
Perception distorted
The world in a spin
Unable to silence
The scream that's within

Who would choose to yield so much?
To always watch and never touch

Who would choose to yield so much?
To always watch and never touch

Broken again, aren't we?
Tears keep on falling
I am still the same, I haven't changed
I have always been the fool
It is too late...

Relentless torture
Shredding the mind
Destroying all logic
The senses now blind
Perception distorted
The world in a spin
Unable to silence
The scream that's within

Who would choose to yield so much?
To always watch and never touch

Who would choose to yield so much?
To always watch and never touch

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"Wśród Cieni"

Na początku strata
Cierpienie i łzy
Nadziei utrata
Jesteś tylko ty

Szaleństwo w mej duszy
Nieokiełznane sny
Nie daje mi odpocząć
Samotności ryk

Zatracam się
Popadam w zapomnienie
Zatracam się
Popadam w zapomnienie

Brak mi sił, brak mi woli do życia
Nie mogę powstać, pozostał tylko pył
Pomału odchodzę, moja dusza zanika
Mrok ogarnia mnie, on zawsze był...

...Częścią mnie
On zawsze był częścią mnie
Mrok ogarnia mnie
On zawsze był częścią mnie

Zatracam się
Popadam w zapomnienie
Zatracam się
Popadam w zapomnienie

Na początku strata
Cierpienie i łzy
Nadziei utrata
Jesteś tylko ty

Szaleństwo w mej duszy
Nieokiełznane sny
Nie daje mi odpocząć
Samotności ryk

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"Exordium to End"


There is no time
For my helpless thoughts
No time for you and me
Look around... everything rots

Because at the end
We are all alone
And it is all the same... again
In this place called "home"

And we just spin around in circles
Circles of madness and despair
Grieving and searching for the meaning
But missing ourselves

And we just spin around in circles
Circles of madness and despair
Grieving and searching for the meaning
But missing ourselves

There is no time
For my helpless thoughts
No time for you and me
Look around... everything rots

Because at the end
We are all alone
And it is all the same... again
In this place called "home"

And we just spin around in circles
Circles of madness and despair
Grieving and searching for the meaning
But missing ourselves

And we just spin around in circles
Circles of madness and despair
Grieving and searching for the meaning
But missing ourselves

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"Fading"

I am afraid...
Of being erased
Of being forgotten
Of losing my place

I am afraid...
To disappear
Of fading away
Away from you, nowhere near

The demons inside me
They are ripping me apart
Slowly, I am fading
They are eating my heart
The demons inside me
They are taking me away
Slowly, I am fading
There is no place for me to stay

The demons inside me
They are ripping me apart
Slowly, I am fading
They are eating my heart
The demons inside me
They are taking me away
Slowly, I am fading
There is no place for me to stay

Never before
Have I felt this way
A destiny's pawn
With no reason to stay

Please let this be a dream
Speak to me, wake me up again
Tell me you are here
Let me feel again...

The demons inside me
They are ripping me apart
Slowly, I am fading
They are eating my heart
The demons inside me
They are taking me away
Slowly, I am fading
There is no place for me to stay

The demons inside me
They are ripping me apart
Slowly, I am fading
They are eating my heart
The demons inside me
They are taking me away
Slowly, I am fading
There is no place for me to stay

Please let this be a dream
Speak to me, wake me up again
Tell me you are here
Let me feel again...

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"The Solace of Silence"


Falling of silence, words are no more
Motionless moments, dreaming of light
Whispering shards caress the floor
Time at a stand still, forever in night

The solace of silence - an end to it all
Gone was the need to fight, or defend
Emptiness embraced me as its thrall
I grew numb and deafened by the silence

We met here, once, alone in this place
It's too quiet here in the light and in the dark
Will I become another nameless face
Being alone within the nameless crowd?

The solace of silence - an end to it all
Gone was the need to fight, or defend
Emptiness embraced me as its thrall
I grew numb and deafened by the silence

Living in turmoil, no end in sight
Imagined moments where hope springs anew
Clinging to hope that one day it might
Motionless moments, dreaming of light

The solace of silence - an end to it all
Gone was the need to fight, or defend
Emptiness embraced me as Its thrall
I grew numb and deafened by the silence

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"Through the Night"


Again I lay awake while gazing still
Again I curse the time, the clock and all
My eyes may close, though more against my will
My gaze would shift from up to the old wall

I curse the fears I had when I was young
I curse the time I wasted all these years
I curse the night with sickened, burning tongue
I curse myself for only shedding tears

I curse the fears I had when I was young
I curse the time I wasted all these years
I curse the night with sickened, burning tongue
I curse myself for only shedding tears

My thoughts would linger, dreams without their kiss
An empty heart speaks to an empty head
With littered memories like wasted bliss
Lament hangs heavy onto me like dread

I curse the fears I had when I was young
I curse the time I wasted all these years
I curse the night with sickened, burning tongue
I curse myself for only shedding tears

I curse the fears I had when I was young
I curse the time I wasted all these years
I curse the night with sickened, burning tongue
I curse myself for only shedding tears

I lay awake again, a simple man
While sleeping through my life without a plan

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

CT on the "Terror Night Vol​.​4 Digital Prophecy For Cyber Harvest" compilation by Insane Records



The "Terror Night Vol . 4 Digital Prophecy For Cyber Harvest" compilation by Insane Records is out!
You can find an exclusive CT's track "Through The Night (Vore Complex Remix)" featured on CD 1.

➧ Buy it here:

Tracklist:

CD 1
01. Xenoreceptor - Biohazarder
02. Homicidal Feelings - Cognitive Disorders (First Aid 4 Souls Remix)
03. Reaxion Guerrilla - Enjoy This Pain (Areal Kollen Remix)
04. Lumber_rooM - My Pale Horse
05. Distorted World - You Fall (Terror Night Mix)
06. Larva - Pay The Price
07. Van Roy Asylum - My Own Lolita (Drowden Remix)
08. Ulterpsic_ - Destroyed
09. F.T.C. - Programmed (Terror Night Mix)
10. Animo Stare - The World Of Lie And Pain
11. Cold Therapy - Through The Night (Vore Complex Remix)
12. Pecadores - Deus É Fiel (Lagrma Negra Remix)
13. Dead Inside Effect - The Dead Inside Me
14. Aim&Execute - Turmoil
15. Distoxia - Arma De Sangre Y Sombra

CD 2
01. MonöChrome - The Military Song
02. Degenerated Sequences - Scattered (Terror Night Mix)
03. Winfxdinamo - In The Hall Of Extinction
04. Technogenetika - Spoiled Song
05. Sickfreak - Welcome To Reality
06. Chamaeleon - Sick And Perverted (XenoPussy Remix by Alien:Nation)
07. Luciferro & 3d Stas - Kitty feat. Sasha Rempel
08. M.O.D. - Ready Go And Try (Terror Night Mix)
09. CyberLich - New Strain
10. Syncfactory - To Not Be
11. C-Lekktor - Stigmata (Sensations Of Pain Remix by Nano Infect)
12. Stahlnebel & Black Selket - Dead Silence (Terror Night Mix)
13. Viscera Drip - Aphotic (Black Adept Version feat. Tanaros)
14. PreEmptive Strike 0.1 ‎– T.A.L.O.S. (Radio Edit)
15. Arian 1 - Spend The Night

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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