2 x CD: Cold Spring CSR60CD 
OST - 'Ein Neuer Krieg'.
Justin Mitchell first started selling cassettes under the Cold Spring
label back in 1988 I doubt that even he would realise just how far his
dreams for the label would have progressed. Not only has he established
one of the finest mail order outlets for music fanatics the world over
but the Cold Spring record label has flourished to such an extent that
every release it puts out is eagerly awaited for and snapped up. It has
without doubt become the leading record label within the UK and is without
equal. The reasons for this are simple. Firstly: Justin won’t release
any old recording that is offered to him just for the sake of it…other
labels PLEASE take note and secondly…and probably most importantly…he
has to like and believe in the music of the acts that make it onto the
Cold Spring roster. Of course by taking this stance there are the odd
blips on the radar that won’t appeal to everyone…but what
the hell there’s always another release just around the corner that
22 tracks the illustrious role call of artists reads: Kreuzweg Ost, Andrew
Liles, Shinjuku Thief, Merzbow / Nordvargr, Clear Stream Temple, Fredrik
Klingwall, John Watermann, Bleiburg feat Werkraum and Von Thronstahl,
Zos Kia, Necropolis, Deadwood, Sistrenatus, Sleep Research Facility, Von
Thronstahl, Goatvargr, Kriegsfall U, Tenhornedbeast, A Challenge of Honour,
Band of Pain, Werkraum, Schloss Tegal and H.E.R.R. The majority of acts
presented here have a back catalogue of releases second to none representing
every musical genre from neo folk / classical, dark ambient, Death Industrial
and Power electronics and each deserving the highest of accolades for
their musical prowess. Which makes picking out the highlights from this
release an impossible task. One which I’m not even going to attempt.
Every track in its own right is musical manna from the Gods. My musical
taste is all encompassing. I can just as easily be hammered into oblivion
by extreme noise terror and yet still derive ultimate great pleasure from
a decent neo-folk act singing in German. Quality not quantity is my byword.
The quality within these 22 tracks beggars belief. You may have your doubts
about certain acts or music but ‘Swarm’ serves to educate
and alleviate those fears. If it turns just one person onto an act they
had previously discounted out of hand then it has served its purpose admirably.
For the rest of us already committed to the Cold Spring cause it primes
us for those future releases with eyes locked firmly onto the calendar
in fervent anticipation of future delights.
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