Coldwards - Stained On You - Song Review - Modern Alternative / Melodic Metalcore from Houston, Texas, USA

Coldwards - Stained On You - Song Review - Modern Alternative / Melodic Metalcore from Houston, Texas, USA

Today I am writing about a promising modern alternative and melodic metalcore band; Coldwards, from Houston, Texas with; Stained On You, one of their singles released in 2022.

Coldwards - Stained On You (Official Video)

Filmed, edited and directed by Thomas Crane @KillDevilFilms. Mixed by Johnathan Dolese at Konkrete Studios. Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound. Executive Producer: Pepper Gomez Record Label: WakeUp Music Rocks

First of all, Staind On You is an exciting work to pay attention to in case you have an interest in the wisdom behind artistic projects. Objectively, it is both musically and technically successful work carrying industry standards and stands out with its commercial potential. I don't necessarily listen to electronic metal, but I enjoyed this song.

Staind On You musically has a modern combination of mainstream rock and metal, immediately reminded me of Chester Bennington and his beautiful vocals in projects Linkin Park, Dead By Sunrise, and Grey Daze. Coldwards used all the Chester Bennington influence in their vocal mix and characterization as well as in their melodies, and brought this entire project to life with a modern mainstream metalcore sound character, similar to Architects. In addition to these, I can also hear alternative rock, punk rock, alternative metal, nu-metal, rap, melodic, and metalcore. In the end, Coldwards is a talented collective and their musical foundation makes it shine.

The technical side of the job has established standards in every way, and it simply wouldn't work without the precise work of the producer behind the project. Although the color and taste in this sound design don't really speak to me, I appreciate the final result. It is quite a massive work with heavy post-production and huge commercial potential (336.000 streams on Spotify as of today).

Coldwards, band photo Credit: The McKinney Images

On the other side of the coin, I have to admit that the song sounded overly processed and also too commercial for my personal taste. And secondly, I've found Coldwards' online presence and visuals a bit confusing, all these pieces don't make enough sense together. It isn't clear if Coldwards is a modern metalcore or alternative metal, electronic, rap, or a nu-metal band. I'd say the art direction of the band is their weak point at the moment.

Coldwards, band photo Credit: The McKinney Images

When I put all these into account, I'd like to say that I had a great time listening to Stained On You. Huge commercial potential with established sound production, blending alternative metal approach of Linkin Park with the modern melodic metalcore of Architects. Thanks for reading.

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