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Sweden's COLDWORKER storms out of the gates with it's debut The
Contaminated Void. Conceived and created by Anders Jakobson (of the
legendary NASUM) and his hand-picked selection of burgeoning metal
players, COLDWORKER's razor-sharp attack is destined to send shockwaves
through the international extreme scene. The Contaminated Void's
fourteen tracks swarm with ... Read more in Amazon's Coldworker Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B000J4QQ1O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Inteloper
2. D.E.A.D.
3. An Unforgiving Season
4. The Contaminated Void
5. Death Smiles At Me
6. A Custom-made Hell
7. Return To Ashes
8. Strain At The Leash
9. Flammable
10. Antidote
11. They Crawl Inside Me Uninvited
12. Waiting For Buildings To Collapse
13. Heart Shaped Violence
14. Generations Decay

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European pressing adds the bonus track 'Far Beyond Driven'. Sweden's COLDWORKER storms out of the gates with it's debut The Contaminated Void. Conceived and created by Anders Jakobson (of the legendary NASUM) and his hand-picked selection of burgeoning metal players, COLDWORKER's razor-sharp attack is destined to send shockwaves through the international extreme scene. The Contaminated Void's fourteen tracks swarm with equal parts crushing riffs, blazing speed, and menacing vocal onslaughts. Outrageously agile guitars balance melodic leads with relentless aggression. From start to finish, The Contaminated Void burns with a ferocity and intensity rarely seen in any genre of metal. Simply stated, COLDWORKER and The Contaminated Void is among the finest Scandinavian metal this side of the 21st century. Relapse. 2006.14 tracks. Relapse. 2006.

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Some bands seem to have only one simple goal in mind when they make music, and that goal is to be awarded the title of "the heaviest band on the planet." Coldworker are definitely a front running candidate for that award. This Scandinavian extreme metal five piece was formed out of Nasum's ashes (when they broke up after tragic death of Mieszko Talarczyk in 2004's Asian tsunami disaster) by that band's former drummer Anders Jakobson, who then proceeded to handpick the rest of the band members, including Phobos vocalist Joel Fornbrant, guitarists Anders Bertilsson (ex-Ruin) and Andre Alvinzi (ex-Carnal Grief), and bassist Oskar Palsson (of Relentless fame).

Coldworker's debut, "The Contaminated Void," is primarily a grindcore album (it features tons of crushing, hyper-speed blast beats and intense but short songs), but it also draws a bit of ainfluence from thrash (i.e. furious, blistering speed metal picking) and melodic death metal (nicely melodic solos, etc.), which help to make the album somewhat more diverse. Top it all off with roaring, heavily phlegm-inflected bellows, strong, persistent bass throbs, and bludgeoning, impenetrably hard rhythms, and the resulting sound is extremely dirty, aggressive, beefed up, devastating, and, well, extreme. It could be compared to the likes of Napalm Death, Vader (at their most brutal -- like circa, say, 2000's "Litany"), and/or a more guitar-oriented Nasum.

This disc is a monster in every sense of the word. Let it be known that the musicianship heard here on "The Contaminated Void" is staggering and impeccable, and the pummel is -- to say the least -- relentless. These fourteen tracks are nonstop barrages of dizzying, hyper-adrenalized velocity and earth-shaking, mind-numbing, skull crushing brutality.
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By Javier Santiago on January 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This band kicks ass they remind me of napalm death but they have their own sound. Check them out you won't be disappointed.
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By N. Ascheman on September 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Upon having first heard "They Crawl Inside Me Uninvited (Track 11)," I immediately fell in love with the technical, grinding sound this band offers. Chunky and well-paced, Contaminated Void is a must-have for any who enjoy Death Grind (very complementary to the mighty Pig Destroyer). Excellent album.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Williams on March 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
4 and 5 star reviews tend to be given out quite liberally on this site, so it may seem that 3 stars would signify dissatisfaction with this album. This is certainly not the case, as it is a damn good album. Trying to compare is to Nasum's work is something I can't really avoid, but it is a useless comparison between two very different bands.

This is good stuff here. It's very worth buying, even if only for the awesome packaging and art. The songs are heavy, fast, and skillfully performed while still sounding pretty raw. The guitar playing is particularly impressive, and it is what causes this album to cross genres from grindcore into more melodic metal territory. The vocals are nice and gritty and blend in nice, and I really appreciate that the drums are not triggered, which gives this album a unique and, as I said, raw sound.
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