Year of the Spider

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Year of the Spider
Studio album by Cold
Released May 13, 2003
Recorded September - December 2002 at Bay 7, Studio City
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal, hard rock
Length 64:00
Label Flip/Geffen
Producer Cold
Howard Benson
Cold chronology
13 Ways to Bleed on Stage
(2000)
Year of the Spider
(2003)
A Different Kind of Pain
(2005)
Singles from Year of the Spider
  1. "Stupid Girl"
    Released: April 12, 2003
  2. "Suffocate"
    Released: June 10, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Year of the Spider is the third studio album by American post-grunge band Cold. It was released on May 13, 2003 through Geffen Records. The album was Cold's most commercially successful, debuting at #3 on the Billboard album charts, with over 101,000 copies sold in its first week. Early pressings of Year of the Spider were shipped with a DVD and a temporary tattoo of the Cold spider logo. The DVD included the making of the (as well as the actual) video for "Stupid Girl", fan testimonials, and some home video shot during the recording of the album. This is also the last album with guitarists Terry Balsamo and Kelly Hayes.

A year prior to the album's release, the mellow ballad "Gone Away" was released on the WWE Tough Enough 2 soundtrack. Its music video, which met with considerable airplay upon release, listed it as from the album Year of the Spider despite the long wait for its release. "Gone Away" was subsequently used as a hidden track; the song begins at 16:06 after 13 minutes and 13 seconds of silence (a reference to the superstitious nature of the band's previous effort 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage).

The album was frequently postponed from its projected release date. As early as April 2002, Year of the Spider was scheduled by Geffen for an October 2002 release. Frontman Scooter Ward also expected Elias Soriano of Nonpoint to contribute, but this did not come to fruition.[3]

Style[edit]

With producer Howard Benson on hand, Year of the Spider is significantly more commercial than its dark predecessor, 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage. It features a variety of guitar styles, violin and cello, and digital effects as well as a number of power ballads. While still dwelling on topics like drug abuse and relationships, the deaths of grunge icons ("The Day Seattle Died"), and blatant criticism ("Kill the Music Industry"). "Cure My Tragedy" also deals with the struggle with cancer Scooter Ward's sister was having during the album's recording. This topic would be further explored on A Different Kind of Pain.

Singles[edit]

"Stupid Girl", served as the album's lead single and was the only Cold single to crack the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #87. Its music video garnered frequent airplay as well. Like "Gone Away", the introductory song "Remedy" was used by WWE as the theme for the Backlash 2003 pay-per-view.

Following the release of the album’s second single, "Suffocate", to radio stations, plans were set-forth for a video to accompany the song. However, for reasons unknown, Geffen refused to make the video or promote the album any further. The stalemate with the label led to frustrations within the band, and in early 2004 Terry Balsamo departed, replacing Ben Moody as lead guitarist in Evanescence. Balsamo was later replaced by ex-Darwin's Waiting Room guitarist Eddie Rendini. The band made efforts to release another single in "Wasted Years", but Geffen stayed true to their earlier promise by not financing or promoting the album any further.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Remedy"   2:57
2. "Suffocate" (feat. Sierra Swan) 3:39
3. "Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)"   3:55
4. "Stupid Girl" (Ward, Cuomo) 3:09
5. "Don't Belong"   3:40
6. "Wasted Years"   4:07
7. "Whatever You Became"   3:45
8. "Sad Happy"   3:36
9. "Rain Song"   3:37
10. "The Day Seattle Died"   3:34
11. "Change the World"   4:01
12. "Black Sunday"   4:30
13. "Kill the Music Industry"   2:56
14. "Gone Away (A Song for Starr)"   3:07
  • "Gone Away" is embedded with "Kill the Music Industry", & begins at 16:06 after 13:13 of silence- a reference to the superstitious nature of their previous effort 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage

Personnel[edit]

  • Howard Benson - piano, keyboards, programming, producer, soloist
  • Adam Daniel - digital editing
  • Fred Durst - A&R
  • Samuel Fischer - violin
  • Julie Gigante - violin
  • Jason Harter - art direction, design
  • Olaf Heine - photography
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Vince Jones - digital editing
  • Roland Kato - viola
  • Armen Ksajikian - cello
  • Jason Lader - digital editing
  • Ana Landauer - violin
  • Songa Lee - violin
  • Phillipe Levy - violin
  • Jenn Littleton - A&R
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing
  • David Low - cello, contractor
  • Deborah Lurie - conductor, string arrangements, synthesizer strings
  • Eric Miller - engineer, digital editing
  • Martie Muhoberac - production coordination
  • Simon Oswell - viola
  • Mike Plotnikoff - engineer, digital editing
  • Mark Robertson - concertmaster
  • Jordan Schur - executive producer, A&R
  • Les Scurry - production coordination
  • David Speltz - cello
  • Casey Stone - engineer
  • Sierra Swan - vocals
  • Michael Valerio - bass
  • Evan Wilson - viola

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 3

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Stupid Girl" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Modern Rock Tracks 6
The Billboard Hot 100 87
"Suffocate" Mainstream Rock Tracks 17
Modern Rock Tracks 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Cold - Year of the Spider (album review)". Sputnikmusic. October 30, 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ D'Angelo, Joe and Cooper, Amy V. "Cold Singer Relates To Road-Weary Wrestlers" MTV.com (April 4, 2002). Retrieved on June 18, 2008.