Supergroup World Gone Cold featuring members of POD, Demon Hunter, Disciple, Attack,Attack! and the Letter Black debut an ep filled with hard rock verging on mid-2000s era metalcore.
Supergroups tend to vary on level of success, either being phenomenal or coming across as sounding like everyone was just going through the motions and usually the members are all from bands fairly similar in sound. World Gone Cold does not quite fit that mold with members coming from various backgrounds ranging from the hard rock of POD (Traa Daniels), The Letter Black (Mark Anthony), and Disciple (Andrew Stanton) to the metalcore of Demon Hunter (Tim “Yogi” Watts) and Inhale/Exhale and Attack Attack! (Ryland Raus). Given the collection of musicians, I was wondering how this was going to turn out and there is a surprising blend of all the influences here.
“Left to Save” opens up the ep with some electronic elements and drums that build into a pounding riff and some strained, clean vocals that have some metalcore screaming counterpoint. Add in the metalcore-like clean chorus and ultra-clean production, guitars somewhat muddled in the mix, and one can’t help but be transported back to the metalcore of the mid-2000s. “Opposites Attract” continues the theme of starting out with the electronic elements in the intro, but then stays more firmly in the hard rock territory than the metalcore in the first track. Vocals are strong and the arrangement with the keyboard/electronic elements taking over from time to time does make for a somewhat catchy song.