March 19, 2021

Cicadastone is a Melbourne based alternative rock band that was formed in 2013 by the brothers Mat and Mark Robins with their debut, Chance Collide, being released in 2016. Cold Chamber is now the band’s crucial second album release so it has been 5-years in the making and will be eagerly anticipated by those who bought Chance Collide. They are not a band that I know but they have a sound straight out of the ’90s which is a very user friendly alt-rock/grunge crossover with an avalanche of riffs driving them ever onwards. They have been busy in the run up to album release day with no less than three of the tracks already released as singles with Box Of Anger, Dying In Sunshine and Out Of Sight. The singles market is definitely not what it used to be as a hit back in the day could make a band for life but I guess the main aim now is to act as an extension of the marketing process.

The band is a 4-piece with the Robins brothers both featuring on vocals and guitar with Tommy Sunset on bass and Jarrod Medwin on drums. The band sound is somewhere between Alter Bridge and Soundgarden with some great vocals and wonderful hooks in the instantly hitting songs as the brothers combine very well and their harmony singing is a big plus for the group. The sound is very much guitar heavy but in an understated way i.e. there are riffs galore and many delicate runs without ever turning into anything too overblown or pretentious. The songs are all perfectly formed and delivered in fine fashion with great delicacy but when they crank it up then they really can rock. There is a modern edge to the band too as they deliver their finely crafted rock with vigour and verve and Cold Chamber will undoubtedly continue the band’s ever increasing profile.

Cold Chamber track list

  1. Red Eye Raven (5:08)
  2. Slave In A Cage (4:15)
  3. Incandescent (5:00)
  4. Out Of Sight (5:07)
  5. Dying In Sunshine (4:27)
  6. Burden That You Wear (6:33)
  7. Call It What You Will (5:28)
  8. Box Of Anger (4:17)
  9. Cold Chamber (4:46)
  10. Dime A Dozen (5:13)
  11. X-Rays Of Our Minds (4:49)
  12. Slow Motion (5:04)
  13. Down River (7:34)