Early this year, Strange Karma released its latest album Cold Blooded to the masses. The 10-song, 41-minute record, is a work that will appeal easily to fans of Savatage, Queensryche, Poison and other similar acts. That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the record. They will be discussed shortly. The songs’ lyrical content also adds to that appeal. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important to the album’s overall presentation. All things considered, they make Cold Blooded a record that 80s and 90s rock fans will find hot.
Strange Karma’s new full-length studio recording Cold Blooded is a work that any 80s and 90s rock fan will find enjoyable. That is due in part to the record’s collective musical arrangements. Some of the arrangements are clearly guitar-driven while others are driven more through their piano arrangements. Just as important to note here is the fact that the arrangements vary between ballads and more operatic style songs that. That combination, again, lends itself easily to comparisons to works crafted by Savatage, Queensryche, Poison and other similar acts. At the same time, the comparisons are not just musical mirror images of the noted compositions. Rather, they only display the influences of those noted bands. Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear why the musical arrangements presented in this record are so important to its overall presentation. They are, collectively, not the record’s only key element to examine. The record’s lyrical content is just as important to examine as its musical arrangements.
The lyrical content presented throughout Cold Blooded is critical to discuss because, as is the case with the record’s musical arrangements, its lyrical content throws back to themes used widely in similar compositions from the late 80s and early 90s, too. Case in point is the album’s lead single ‘Devil From The Moon.’ The very title seems somewhat eerie yet somewhat campy. The lyrics build on that foundation as front man Martin Strange sings, “It’s 12 o’clock, it’s midnight/The moon shines/Night is day/All to you/Everything’s gonna be alright/Wolves are howling/The wind is blwoing/You’re running and running/running to nowhere/The shadow is right behind you/I’m the devil/I’ll find you/You belong to me/Bow your heads/I’ll set you free.” On the surface, this sounds more like something that one might expect from a black metal band. But the reality is that it is nothing bad at all. That is illustrated even more through the song’s video. It is just one of the songs that serves to show how this record transports listeners back to the previously noted musical era. ‘I Believe (London Town)’ is yet another example of how the record lyrically reaches back in time.
‘I Believe (London Town),’ with its gentle, flowing piano and bass-driven arrangement sees Strange singing, “You want to go/And you never ever get there/You run and you swim but you’re standing still/The thought in your mind/You believe in something new…” He adds later in the song, “I believe I’m gonna make it some day/I believe I’ll make it may way.” Such lyrical content coupled with the song’s musical arrangement harkens directly back to the days of big riffs and even bigger hair, once more why it will appeal to the noted audiences. It is just one of those lyrically positive yet somewhat cheesy wordings that one can’t help but enjoy even as a guilty pleasure.
On another note, ‘Crying For Your Love,’ with its brooding lyrical content is yet another example of how this record lyrically reaches back to days gone by. Strange’s subject sings here about love lost in an over the top manner, “In night and day/I think of you/Tears running down my face/Lying here/Staring in empty space…thinking of better days/Thinking of you/Thinking of our love.” The song’s musical arrangement couples with this over-the-top lyrical content (and Strange’s delivery therein) to make this a piece that would have fit in quite easily with the songs that it strives to emulate. Considering this, the song proves why it is another work that will appeal to fans of Strange Karma’s key audience lyrically just as much as musically. When joined with the record’s other songs, their lyrical content proves much the same, proving why the record in whole will appeal to those listeners. Keeping all of this in mind, the lyrical content presented in these songs is only one more part of what makes the album appealing to fans of late 80s and early 90s rock. The record’s sequencing is just as important to note as its musical arrangements and lyrical content.
The musical arrangements and lyrical content presented throughout Cold Blooded show from one song to the next prove to be critical to the album’s overall presentation. They are not its only key elements to examine, though. The record’s sequencing is just as important to examine here as those elements. The record’s sequencing is important to note because it exhibits a well thought out balance of energy from beginning to end. The album’s first two offerings are high-energy pieces that eventually make way to a much more reserved energy in ‘Crying For Your Love,’ the record’s third offering. As the record nears its midway point, the band mixes things up even more with the coupling of ‘Realize’ and ‘I Believe.’ ‘Realize’ is a high-energy piece from start to finish while ‘I Believe’ boasts its own energy. The catch with this song is that it is not as heavy as ‘Realize.’ That combination of energies within ‘I Believe’ and in the contrast of ‘I Believe’ to ‘Realize’ things get even more interesting as the album progresses back into a heavier vibe in its next trio of songs. Those songs eventually give way to an arrangement that is best described as something akin to a southern rock arrangement in ‘Hey Man.’ The album’s closer, ‘Dreams’ can easily be compared to compositions from Savatage and Trans Siberian Orchestra with its driving guitar-centered arrangement. It is yet another change from the songs that came before; a change that once again, audiences will appreciate. When it is considered along with the other energy variations exhibited throughout the record, the whole of those constant changes is just as certain to keep listeners engaged as the songs’ musical arrangements and their lyrical content. When all of this is taken into account together, it becomes clear why Cold Blooded is a record that any hot blooded 80s and 90s rock fan will enjoy.
Strange Karma’s latest full-length studio recording Cold Blooded is a work that any hot blooded 80s and 90s rock fan will appreciate. As has been noted, that is due to musical arrangements that reach liberally back to the big guitar riffs and flowing piano lines that made music from that age so popular. It is also due to lyrical content that reaches just as blatantly back to that era as the songs’ musical arrangements. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements. The energy variations exhibited in the songs’ arrangements are constant from the record’s beginning to its end. Each element is important in its own way to this record’s appeal as has been noted already. All things considered, the noted elements together make Cold Blooded a classic rock throwback that classic rock fans will appreciate. It is available now. More information on Cold Blooded is available now along with all of Strange Karma’s latest news and more at:
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