Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Figures and Faces" review by Side-Line Magazine


Album rating: 7

Original review page:


Genre/Influences: Dark-electro.

Background/Info: Polish artist Jacek Wolański set up Cold Therapy as a solo-project in 2012. He quickly started working with singers, but now strikes back as a solo-project unleashing the third official full length album “Figures And Faces”.

Content: Sound-wise nothing has really changed. This new work moves on where “Masquerade Infinite” stopped. Cold Therapy is not exactly the dark-electro formation driven by powerful sequences and hard-pumping rhythms. The power is hiding in the dark atmospheric aspect of the work. It sounds a bit bombastic and reinforced by industrial sounds. I also noticed a few epic-like chant passages, which are in harmony with the epic input. Wolański sings in a rather ghost-like style, which is fully appropriated with the music.

The overwhelming haunting atmospheres are once more evoking to me the tormented style of Yelworc and even Wumpscut. The last song features Fredrik Croona (Cynical Existence).

We next get remixes by Acervus, Homicidal Feelings and Impurfekt.

+ + + : Cold Therapy is definitely not dealing with the typical dark-electronics. The sound is mixing some elements of dark-electro with poignant, haunting atmospheres. It comes closer to an ambient approach of dark-electronic music creating the uniqueness of the band. “Figures And Faces” is a well-crafted piece of music with a tough industrial flavor. It also is one of the bands signed to Advoxya Records with a somewhat different approach, which is good for the label’s diversity.

– – – : The main difficulty with this album and kind of sound is to find a place among the wider number of bands dealing with danceable and more typical formats in the dark-electronic genre. There’s no real hit and I expected some of the remixes getting more dance vibes.

Conclusion: Cold Therapy is dark-electronic music to listen to! It sounds like a subtle ambient power mixed with evil forces.

Best songs:The Broken One”, “Night Dwellers”, “Scarecrow”, A Story Untold”.

Rate: (7).


Label: www.advoxyarecords.com / www.facebook.com/pages/AdvoxyaRecords/265765706059

Review by Stéphane Froidcoeur (Side-Line Magazine)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CT on the "June 2017" compilation by Brutal Resonance




Cold Therapy with the song "Night Dwellers" on the free compilation "June 2017" by Brutal Resonance.

➧ Download the compilation for free here:

Tracklist:

01. NØIR - The Burning Bridge
02. HORSKH - Engaged and Confused 
03. Cold Therapy - Night Dwellers 
04. Cell Zero - Enemies On All Sides 
05. Atonalist - The Road To Perdition (Feat. Gavin Friday
06. State of the nation - Amsterdam 
07. Subliminal Code - Sin of Pleasure V2 
08. DJversion666 - Embrace The Entropy 
09. Spankraght - NITRO (feat. J Munkeby)
10. Aim & Execute - Burial 
11. Āleph 𐤀 - Nature 
12. r.roo - to the bottom 
13. Lights Out, God Help Me - Lapdance 
14. Jaguardini - Caligari 
15. Bleeding Corp. - Die On the Road (Alien:Nation Remix) 
16. Crash-Scan - Descent 
17. DREDDUP - I Dream Alone 
18. Acclimate V.1 - Good Evening 
19. DreamReaper - Astro Blaster

Friday, June 16, 2017

CT's cover on Suicide Commando's album "Forest Of The Impaled"


Finally, it can be officially announced - Cold Therapy's cover of "The Devil" will be released on the upcoming Suicide Commando's album "Forest Of The Impaled". 

It will be featured on the CD4, which is titled "The Devil". Full tracklist below. 

➧ Pre-order the album here: 

Tracklist: 

CD1 
1. The Gates Of Oblivion 
2. My New Christ 
3. Too Far Gone 
4. Death Lies Waiting 
5. The Pain That You Like (feat. Jean Luc De Meyer
6. Poison Tree 
7. The Devil 
8. Chasm Of Emptiness 
9. Crack Up 
10. Schiz(o)topia
11. We Are Transitory 

CD2 
1. Death Lies Waiting (Nigen Remix) 
2. The Pain That You Like (Pride & Fall Remix) 
3. Chasm Of Emptiness (The Psychic Force Remix) 
4. My New Christ (Life Cried Remix) 
5. The Pain That You Like (Orange Sector Remix) 
6. Too Far Gone (Plastic Noise Experience Remix) 
7. Chasm Of Emptiness (Mildreda Remix) 
8. My New Christ (Reaxion Guerrilla Remix) 
9. Death Lies Waiting (:SITD: Remix) 
10. My New Christ (2nd Face Remix) 
11. God Is In The Rain (Katarina MissKey Cover) 

CD3 Tribute CD 
1. Come To Me (by Acylum
2. Love Breeds Suicide (by Reaktor 7x
3. Desire (by C-Lekktor vs. Circuito Cerrado
4. Monster (by Short and Crunch
5. Cause Of Death: Suicide (by Alien Vampires
6. Sheer Horror (by Empusa
7. Conspiracy With The Devil (by ES23
8. Fate (by Mildreda
9. Hellraiser (by Nano Infect
10. Time (by XSRY
11. Actions Of The Mind (by Aim and Execute
12. Godsend (by Body Harvest
13. Sterbehilfe (by Stahlnebel & Black Selket
14. See You In Hell (by Yu feat. Blackjack O'Hare

CD4 The Devil 
1. The Devil (Satanismus Remix) 
2. The Devil (Cold Therapy Cover) 
3. The Devil (Instrumental) 
4. The Devil (Sektor O Cover) 
5. The Devil (Original 1991 Version)


Thursday, June 15, 2017

15% off all T-Shirts in the CT Merch Store!


15% off all T-Shirts in the CT Merch Store!
If you still didn't have a chance to get any of the CT's T-Shirts, now it's a good time to do it!

➧ Voucher Code: TS0617
Promotion duration: 15 – 21 June, 2017

Cannot be used in combination with other discount codes.
Applies to product mentioned in offer only.

➧ CT Merch Store:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Behind the Scenes Vol. 01" is out now!



"Behind the Scenes Vol. 01" is now available on Bandcamp!
It is a Cold Therapy's side release series, including rare, previously unreleased songs, demo versions, and collaborations with other artists.

➧ Get or listen to the Vol. 01 here:
https://coldtherapy.bandcamp.com/album/behind-the-scenes-vol-01

This series also means something more to the bands who will remix Cold Therapy! All the artists who will make a remix for CT during any future remix contests (or for fun and submit it), have a chance to appear on the main album, and if not, then for sure will appear on the next "Behind the Scenes" release!

Here you can see the tracklist:


Monday, June 5, 2017

Interview for "AD-ZINE - ISSUE: 03" by Advoxya Records




The interview for "AD-ZINE - ISSUE: 03" by Advoxya Records got finally published! It was done before the release of "Figures and Faces".

➧ You can read or download it as the PDF file here:


1. Hello Jacek, here is coming the second album of Cold Therapy on Advoxya Records. What are your feelings and expectations about this cooperation? I mean - between the band and its label?

Hello! Yes, the album is ready and just about to be released. Personally, I can't wait and I'm very excited about it! 

I never really expect anything, I am just grateful when everything is going well or even better than I thought. At this moment, I am happy to be able to continue my cooperation with Advoxya Records, I feel very comfortable here. It was very nice to see a message from the label, interested in releasing the next album of Cold Therapy.

2. Please, tell us shortly the history of the creation of the album "Figures and Faces".

It all started with the changes in the band - Jan and Jen were no longer working as vocalists in Cold Therapy. Now it's again a solo project like it was 3 years ago, and like those 3 years ago - listeners will hear me again also as the vocalist. The album title was originally in German - "Figuren und Gesichter", which got changed to English version - "Figures and Faces". It was caused by the changes in the band, the previous vocalist Jan was recording vocals in German, but as now I am working solo, I needed to change it to the English version.

I decided to continue the path I took - making highly atmospheric music. But this time make it all even better, deeper and darker than before. Now I have also much better equipment than 3 years ago, this time, I didn't need to use effects on vocals like in the past, I could play a lot more and achieve the results for which I was looking for.

"Figures and Faces" is so far the best album of Cold Therapy, at least in my opinion. It is even more experimental, it has even more industrial sound and darker atmosphere. Some of the songs are done like a story, where the vocals and lyrics are in the form of a poem. Be prepared for a depressing journey.

3. Why did you decide to continue - was your first album successful? What opinions you got about "Masquerade Infinite"? Were you satisfied with the fact of having your album on a CD and with the label promotion?

Well, I will always continue, as it's simply what I love, making music became a part of me, a part of my life.

Yes, I think "Masquerade Infinite" was so far the biggest success of Cold Therapy, it got many positive reviews. With this album, for the first time, Cold Therapy entered the German Electronic Charts (GEWC), reaching the high, 4th place in the TOP-10 Albums ranking and entered the TOP 50 Bestsellers ranking on POPoNAUT, being on the 43rd place.

Looking at all what this album achieved - yes, I am really happy that it was released on CD and the way it was promoted by the label. Many of the reviews it got and the exposure in the online magazines - it was all thanks to Advoxya Records. It is always nice to have the CD of your own album, as a proof of the hard work and time which was put into it.

4. Tell us please about your visions of modern industrial music. Let us know about your industrial TOP-5, and also non-industrial TOP-5 you usually listen to.

I am not an expert, to have any kind of meaning opinion, but I always thought and still think that there is too much club-oriented music, where all bands sound so similar to each other. Sometimes it feels like they take the easy way because it's easier to get exposure, having songs played on the radios, in the clubs by DJ's, get on compilations, etc. It's simply what most people like and they provide what the listeners want. I prefer music where I can feel that the artist is doing something artistic, put his/her soul into it.

This can sound funny, but I don't listen to any music too much for the last few years... I am simply too busy and always working with sound - on my own music, also making mastering for other bands, etc. It's hard to select just 5, there is a lot more that I like. In no specific order... 

My industrial TOP-5 would be: :Wumpscut:, Stillste Stund, Nine Inch Nails, Die Form, Oomph!.

My non-industrial TOP-5: IAMX, Dark Sanctuary, Ozymandias, All my faith lost..., Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows.

5. You had also a harsh-EBM project "Traumatize". Why did you decide to stop with it? Does the more depressive stuff as Cold Therapy run more successful in nowadays?

Yes, because of the personal reasons it was stopped and to this day stays inactive. There was a moment that I did two news songs as Traumatize, not so long ago, but it was because these songs didn't fit the Cold Therapy style. I don't know if I will ever return to it or not, doesn't look like I will. Currently, I enjoy more what I do as Cold Therapy, I feel more that I do what I want to do, without trying to fit any genres or anyone's tastes. I am simply doing what I enjoy the most.

If it's successful? I don't think so - the club-oriented music is the most successful on this music scene. This is what most people like and what is played in the parties by DJ's, wanted by festivals, etc. But among all these people, there are also the ones with the soul similar to mine, those who like the atmosphere and feel the artist's soul in the music. I am always happy when Cold Therapy reaches more people, get new listeners. It feels more personal to me than being just another bands making the same type of music, with the same sound like others. I don't compete with anyone and don't really feel like I belong to any music scene at all. I like to avoid and stay out of any kind of comparisons or drama between musicians, I'm just doing my thing and appreciate every single listener, who care about what I do. This is more important to me than fast success, I can work longer for it, in my own way.
6. What is your opinion about how music-industry will develop in the next few years? Are physical products still demanded by the fans?

This is really hard to predict at this moment. All I can say is that we all see how important is becoming the digital format, looks like right now it's the most popular one.

The good thing is, that there still are and always will be the fans, who like to hold the CD in their hands, who like to collect and put them on their shelves, expand their collection. Some maybe buy simply to support their favorite artists. This is what counts, and those are the fans which are worth a lot, as they support not only the bands but also the record labels. There are fans who understands how it all work and wish to help. So, yes, I think it's still demanded, let's hope it will stay this way and get only better.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Figures and Faces" review by ReGen Magazine


Album rating: 7
(out of 10)

Original review page here:
http://regenmag.com/reviews/cold-therapy-figures-and-faces/


Stars: 3.5 (out of 5)
Blurb: Cold Therapy’s third full-length album takes darkness to a new level through downright eerie melodies and haunting sounds.

In 2012, Poland’s Jacek Wolański wanted to shift his focus from the aggrotech/EBM he created in his previous groups Unsinn and Traumatize to a dark electronic sound that would allow him to express himself and explore his personal tastes more deeply, and thus Cold Therapy was born. Cold Therapy’s third full-length album, Figures and Faces proves to be his darkest, most twisted effort to date. Packed with eerie melodies, dark soundscapes, and tormented lyrics, this album is sure to drag one through the depths of hell, but as a happily willing participant.

The first half of the album grinds along at a tense, slow pace. There are no raucous up-tempo beats to be found here, and this is by design. The entirety of the album creates a mood and tells a story and should be listened to all at once and in succession. The opening track, “The Pretender” starts with a friendly enough light synth riff, but then, the static and atmosphere builds into a hazy wall of pure darkness as Wolański’s growling vocals cut deep into the soul like a knife. “Figures and Faces” and “Scarecrow” follow suit complete with spooky church bells, twisted melodies, industrial clangs and clanks, cawing crows, and layers of haunted soundscapes that make one want to jump out of their skin.

A reprieve from the slow buildup toward madness occurs on the second half of the album where the songs pick up the pace ever so slightly. The themes and instrumentation continue from the first half, but the synths and beats expand and grow to give the songs a more mechanical electro/industrial vibe. The bells and crows make an encore appearance in “Shapeless” but not in a repetitive way. “The Dark Red” stands out as a favorite on this album as the demented circus-from-hell melody makes one feel in the midst of a horror film about to be devoured by killer clowns and carnie freaks. The tune also reminds this ReViewer of that anxiety inducing, twisted little melody at the end of the third level in the Marble Madness videogame. At last, a mid-tempo drumbeat explodes behind the crazed melody and Wolański’s growl becomes more of a seething whisper/yell that ties the song together wonderfully. “Angesicht der Angst” stands out as the only instrumental track on the album and has a little Skinny Puppy flair to it. The mid-tempo beat and distorted synths underlying the lighter orchestral melodies stays on theme with the album and provides a nice transition to the last few tracks. The final tracks of the album feature three remixes, with Acervus’ remix of “Figures and Faces” pumping up the atmospheric fuzz and beat, while Impurfekt’s remix of “Scarecrow” lightens the dark mood of the entire album by adding beautiful pianos and brighter ambient sounds to the mix.

Jacek Wolanski set out to create pure dark electro with an old-school industrial vibe in his project Cold Therapy. His third album definitely succeeds in being the darkest he’s released yet through the tormented lyrics and wonderfully haunting melodies, definitely setting a somber and introspective mood, and one may have to be in that space to fully embrace and appreciate it. The music is extremely beautiful, yet weighs heavy… maybe a little too much so at points. However, this ReViewer absolutely loved the psycho circus horror vibe the album so brilliantly created.

- Review by Sarah Heiber (Sheiber)