Band: Cold Night for Alligators
Label: Long Branch Records
Genre: Progressive Metal/Metalcore
Release Date: November 9th, 2018
Saying metalcore has become full of clichés, from the presentation of its artistic themes to its predictable production and mixing, has come to point where the discussion of the replicating patterns has itself become a cliché, yet it begs to be said again, there are few new ideas out there being added and pushing the genre and despite all the technicality and strokes of unorthodox thoughts presented by Cold Night for Alligators on their sophomore release, Fervor, the Danish group still falls victim to many of the same critiques that have been said of other recent releases. Musicianship and production are superb and show a level of practiced wisdom and routine yet the overall presentation does little to keep the listeners attention throughout the 32-minute play time. The briefness of Fervor allows it to start and end quicker than it can develop a base for any overall consistent theme for its eight tracks. It could be argued that if Cold Night for Alligators stuck more to the progressive side of their music, that they might catch lightning in a bottle, but in their effort to keep the “-core” in their music, much of the group’s originality is overshadowed by passages sounding right at home in 2011.
Certain moments of spontaneity caught me by so much surprise I could not help but laugh at how drastic and sudden the changes would come on, yet as soon as these moments of impulsiveness arrived, they’d be overtaken back by the same style of stale riffs we have all become so familiar with since seven and eight string guitars have become the norm in much of main stream metal. This concept is ultimately the core impression and flaw of Fervor. Besides the random drops of musical genres throughout its eight tracks, there are also undoubtedly fine performances heard in the harsh vocals and the technical riffing of the guitarists but most of these sections are centralized leaving the back end of the album feeling sparse. With only the opening track breaking the five-minute mark, it feels as if the metal outfit had allowed themselves a few longer songs, that more of their ideas might have sonically developed into the messages they were trying to deliver in the small time frames they constrained themselves with.
“Canaille”, the albums second track was a personal favorite of mine and made me yearn for more writing in a similar style from Cold Night for Alligators. Much of the song is carried by pop passages and cheesy hooks that will strike a chord of nostalgia with the listener as not only the song writing seems to be channeling early 2000s pop but the production as well. Bizarreness is then contrasted with an explosive break down of chugging riffs and a production jump by a few decades. Few of the eight tracks channel the sort of unique energy that “Canaille” brings, and those that do have issues carrying the same momentum throughout. “Nocturnal”, the eighth and final track of Fervor, would be a close second, broaching more into the territory of progressive metal. It is also the second longest track of the album, but still coming in at under five minutes, does not quite have the long-lasting momentum to carry the rest of the album into success.
When it comes down to it Fervor comes off as a good plan that was poorly executed. Cold Night for Alligators is certainly not an incompetent musical group, yet the collision of ideas they present and the lack of time they spend to properly visit and develop each one, causes their second LP to make a lot of noise but have little cohesion. This Danish metal troupe has a wealth of groove and fun to offer the genre once they are able to overcome this speed bump in their creative process.
1. Black Swan
3. Coloured Bones
4. Drowning Light
6. Get Rid of The Walls
Total Playing Time: 32:36