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Jude The Obscure - The Coldest Winter (Cover Artwork)

Jude The Obscure

Jude The Obscure: The Coldest WinterThe Coldest Winter (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Jude The Obscure's premier offering, The Coldest Winter, doesn't exactly rely on by-the-books double bass or pointless mosh-breakdowns, but at the same time, it isn't anything completely new amongst the recent flood of metalcore bands washing up on shore like abandoned tires and idle sealife. Ove.
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Jude The Obscure's premier offering, The Coldest Winter, doesn't exactly rely on by-the-books double bass or pointless mosh-breakdowns, but at the same time, it isn't anything completely new amongst the recent flood of metalcore bands washing up on shore like abandoned tires and idle sealife.

Overlapping the constant searing screams are occasional melodic vocals, sounding fairly melancholic and hollow, or...with more screams, but it works either way. The barrage of riffs assault the listener with bits of weird guitar effects once in a while, like flange gone totally awry, or dungeon-based reverb (the mid-album epic, "Fingernails and Lampshades," applies some of these). And of course, there's your standard mosh parts, mixed in with what's otherwise surprise changes in pace.

One looming problem is the mixing level; the normal vocals (by normal, I mean the screaming) sound really low in the mix. I know this isn't exactly bubblegum pop, but you nearly have to strain sometimes to hear them, let alone make out the words.

There's room for improvement in sound and otherwise, but this debut does enough things right and stays away from enough things wrong where maybe Jude won't stay obscure for long.

MP3s
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Wake Up My Love

 


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Anonymous (September 2, 2004)

grade will never leave us

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

Jude will be doomed for obscurity in about two years from now...right there with Grade.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

Good review, but let's stop ending reviews with 'tard worthy puns.

aubin (August 31, 2004)

...it isn't anything completely new amongst the recent flood of metalcore bands washing up on shore like abandoned tires and idle sealife.

I probably would have gone with "waves" so as not to mix the metaphor, floods don't generally wash up on the shore... good review though.

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As for the record, it sounded promising in descriptions, but after hearing it I was less impressed. It reminded me a bit of Between the Buried and Me (Victory) and Glass Casket (Abacus) but less chaotic and more muddy.

On a related note, Jude the Obscure is from Canada, and there seems to be a lot of incredibly talented metal/hardcore/etc. bands popping up around here; The End (Relapse) and Ion Dissonance (Willowtip) representing two of the best.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

This is kinda dumb and the cover art is typical and unispired... Hum... Next please....

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