by Mike Ramos
on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM
(Neumos) Cold Cave frontman and principal architect Wes Eisold got his start in vital early-'00s hardcore bands American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost, and Some Girls, channeling youthful angst and emotion into perfectly guttural screams over sub-three-minute bursts of thrashing instrumentation. Cold Cave's blend of darkwave/synth pop is a definite departure from the power-chord/blast-beat formula that defined Eisold's former sound, but it's a welcome one. Like a pissed-off, rebellious hardcore kid growing up into a calmer, gloomier adult who's found some weird comfort and satisfaction in his existential despair, so has Eisold's music matured. Cold Cave followed up 2011's rose-tinted Cherish the Light Years with a series of singles/B-sides—"Black Boots," "God Made the World," and "Oceans With No End"—this year, and each seems to support the notion that Eisold has fully settled into a welcome new niche with his art. With Vice Device and Nightmare Fortress.