Cold as Life

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Cold as Life
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresHardcore punk, metalcore, Oi!
Years active1988–2001, 2007, 2015-present
LabelsCTYC Productions
+/- Records
Associated actsThe Apathetic Degenerates
The Mattress Rats
Sworn Enemy
Agents of Man
H8, Inc.
Past membersJeff Gunnells
Roy Bates
Jeff West
Rodney "Rawn Beauty" Barger (RIP)
Jay Wade
Jake Loch (RIP)
Craig Holloway
Jason Navarro
Jason Clifton
Anthony V
Johnny Hate (RIP)
The Big Dog
Mike Couls
Tim Mycek
Emery "E-War" Keathley (RIP)

Cold as Life is a hardcore punk band based out of Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1988. Lyrical themes consisted of brutal depictions of the horrors of growing up and living in a city plagued with corruption, murder, drugs, depression and poverty, along with the tragedy of losing friends, family and bandmates to murder and drug abuse. Their shows were frequently violent, involving vicious fights that often included stabbings and beatings with various weapons. Stories of these shows would spread throughout the Midwest punk and hardcore communities, contributing to the band's notoriety. Cold As Life drew musical influence from such bands as Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Discharge, 4 Skins, Cro-mags, Black Sabbath and Slayer.

In early 2007 a reunion tour was organized by former members but featured Enzo (of fellow Detroit band Dogz of War) on vocals instead of co-founder Jeff Gunnells.

On June 4, 2013, Jeff Gunnells was sentenced to between 10 and 20 years in prison for armed robbery.[1] Cold as Life reformed once again in 2015 and have played sporadically since.[2]


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  • 2004: 1988-1993 (CTYC Productions)

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