After breaking up in 2006, the band Cold announced their reunion late last year, with plans for a brand new album later this year. The choice to reunite was a pretty easy one according to Cold front man Scooter Ward, thanks in large part to the band’s dedicated fans.
“We were just kinda of like, let’s play some shows and see if anybody even shows up,” Ward tells Alternative Addiction of the band’s decision to play a string of reunion shows earlier this year. “When we did it, the Cold fans just went crazy and sold out tons of shows. For us to have been gone that long and the fans reaction even strong than it was before solidified that we should do a new record.”
Ward says the band really never broke up due to tension within the band, it was just the product of the band’s rigorous tour schedule supporting their first four albums.
“After 12 years of touring, we just needed a break for a minute,” said Ward. “Everybody needed to go home and focus.”
With the exception of guitarist Kelly Hayes, Cold will return to the studio with their original lineup to begin work on their fifth album. The band plans to begin writing their new album later this month, and is planning an October release.
Prior to releasing the new Cold record, Ward will be releasing an album for his side project called The Killer and the Star. Ward says the concept of the project’s sound was born out of the freedom that he felt writing non-Cold music.
“After the last Cold tour, I was a little sick of writing guitar riffs and writing songs on guitar,” Ward explained. “I’m a ballad writer that is what I normally write; I just have to translate it into more of a metal sound for Cold.
When Ward sat down at his piano, he started writing music that was a natural extension of his songwriting style, without having a unique audience in mind.
“I found myself not being in a trap, I had no boundaries with Killer and The Star, I could do whatever I wanted, I could make a really alternative record and that’s what I did.”
The Killer and The Star’s debut album is due out in July, on SonicStar Records.
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