Disarmonia Mundi – Cold Inferno Review

The Band:

  • Ettore Rigotti − guitars, drums, bass guitar, keyboards, clean vocals
  • Claudio Ravinale − unclean vocals, lyrics
  • Björn “Speed” Strid – guest vocals

Track Listing:

  1. Creation Dirge
  2. Stormghost
  3. Behind Closed Doors
  4. Coffin
  5. Oddities from the Ravishing Chasm
  6. Slaves to the Illusion of Life
  7. Blessing from Below
  8. Magma Diver
  9. Clay of Hate
  10. Toys of Acceleration

Disarmonia Mundi were out of the game for a good while, it was six long years between the releases of The Isolation Game in 2009 and Cold Inferno in 2015. Cold Inferno is so similar to their last that you wouldn’t have noticed that there was a six year gap between the two.

The record opens with an interesting enough classical section that leads you to believe that the band have changed their sound to something closer to the likes of Ex Deo, but this charade lasts only 40 seconds. After this, Cold Inferno is full of exactly what you’d expect – fast, aggressive verses followed by catchy choruses. There is no experimentation in the slightest here. From “Creation Dirge”, all the way until “Toys of Acceleration”, all you have is the opening battle metal section of “Creation Dirge” that’s any different from the band’s norm at all. It’s a crying shame that they didn’t come back with something bolder after six years away.

Cold Inferno sounds exactly the same as The Isolation Game and Mind Tricks before it. I’d have loved for the band to try at least something a little new. Now. You may be aware that I’m a big fan of the band’s style – I have been for years – so why am I complaining that Cold Inferno sounds the same as the last two? I’m complaining because it shows a lack of drive and ingenuity from the band. Why should someone buy Cold Inferno over the superior, but overly similar Mind Tricks? They just wouldn’t.

If there’s one area Cold Inferno trumps its predecessors, however, it is in its mix. There’s more bass present here, without a loss to the clarity of the music. Generally speaking, it is the best recorded album Disarmonia Mundi has ever released. To be fair to the record as well, there’s not a bad song on the record. There are some great riffs and awesome guitar solos throughout, to boot. It’s actually a solid collection of ten perfectly cromulent metal tracks. Personal highlights include “Slaves to the Illusion of Life”, “Blessing From Below” and “Magma Diver”. There’s plenty to enjoy about Cold Inferno, it just doesn’t offer anything new or surprising.

I’ll always have a soft spot for Disarmonia Mundi, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Ettore Rigotti and vocalist Claudio Ravinale. Its blistering metal and catchy choruses will always be fun. It’s just a shame that Cold Inferno doesn’t take the band into any new places. I’d recommend any one of this, Mind Tricks and The Isolation Game, however, to anybody who hasn’t heard the band before. This is a good record, but it’s just too safe, especially considering that it was Disarmonia Mundi’s first in six years.


3.5/5

Cold Inferno is as good as anything the band has released, but it played it too safe.

 

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