Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cold World + Pist.on

Rejuvenated Brooklyn alternative metal band Pist.On follow on a bout of rcennt singles, and similarly tilted with new ablum Cold World +, through their new record deal with M-Theory Audio.

The band – who released two albums in the late 1990s and were stalwarts of the era’s Brooklyn heavy metal scene – reunited for live performances in 2018, and again earlier this year, digitally released the ‘Cold World’ EP, their first new music in over 20 years. 

M-Theory Audio has now released the EP physically as a specially expanded CD edition titled Cold World +. Additional bonus tracks include their self-released 2001 EP Saves, four previously unreleased demo tracks from 1999 and 2021, and ‘Exhume Her’, the band’s contribution to Metal Blade’s 1995 compilation, Metal Massacre XII.
 
“We’re happy to be partnering with M-Theory,” said front man Henry Font. “Looking forward to working together and the CD release is a great opportunity to take another step forward on the Pist.On journey.”

Birthed in the same early 1990s Brooklyn heavy metal scene that gave rise to seminal acts of the time such as Type O Negative and Life Of Agony. The group’s blend of down-tuned groove-metal riffs, alternative-metal song-writing, and gothic aura saw them gain a fanatical following within the scene, attracting the attention of Type O Negative keyboardist/producer Josh Silver. Two demos – the latter being produced by Silver – and live performances soon followed, culminating in the release of 1996 debut record, Number One, also produced by Silver.

Subsequent touring alongside Type O Negative and Marilyn Monroe saw the band further build their reputation as an exciting act on the rise, attracting the attention of Atlantic Records who rereleased Number One a short time later. Further touring alongside bands as diverse as KornClutchFu Manchu, and Queensryche saw the band continue to gain new fans. 

Follow-up, $ell Out was released in 1999, on Mayhem Records. More live shows and the band’s self-released 2001 Saves EP came in the aftermath, followed by the group deciding to take time out from the business that year. Though never officially splitting up, the intended short break turned in to an unplanned hiatus lasting more than fifteen years.
 
In 2017 Pist.On  eased their way back into working on new music retaining the core of the $ell Out line up, with Henry Font on vocals/guitar, guitarist Burton Gans and drummer  Jeff McManus  together with new bassist Jack Hanley.
 
The group made a return to the live stage in 2018 with appearances at high profile European festivals Sweden Rock and Graspop Metal Meeting followed by shows in the USA. The reformed band also commemorated the comeback with a digital rerelease of their 2001 EP, Saves, and made their return to the United Kingdom for more live performances in March 2019.
 
They then unveiled their first new studio recordings in March 2022 with the digital release of their new EP, Cold World – The title track is out now as a single and you can check out the video for it here at RAMzine.

The songs were recorded at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis). The CD version of Cold War+ is out on 29th July, and available for pre-order now from here – The jewel case version compact disc with 12-page booklet includes liner notes and lyrics. 

Back in July, they released a new single in ‘Ruin Your Day‘ – Ruin Your Day’ is the small satisfaction you may achieve to make someone’s day miserable,” explained frontman/guitarist Henry Font. “Be it with words or actions…the satisfaction you may receive by making someone miserable. I’m sure we’ve all had this feeling.”

You can check out the video here at RAMzine and it available digitally.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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