Review: Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts

Rock ‘N’ Growl Records  (May 31st 2019)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

A name that will be well known to most with an interest in the UK Hard Rock scene, Matt Mitchell, of Pride and more recently Furyon and Colour Of Noise, releases his latest venture on an unsuspecting world, Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts is a variable hot pot of styles and makes for a very interesting album to listen to. Definitely a little Chris Cornell thrown into the mix alongside many of Matt’s other influences, this is a very interesting listen.

Going to be one of those albums that hangs around my music players for quite some time, you don’t survive as long as Matt has in this industry without making some terrific friends and contacts that are musicians, and the music here is top notch, delighted to see the wonderful Stevie Watts playing Keys on this album, he’s one of the most talented players in the UK, there’s no doubt about that.

Anyone expecting just a standard Hard Rock album will hopefully be open to hearing something a little different, and perhaps it’s because of the variations in sounds and styles that it’s grown on me so much.

Sometimes albums don’t have to have a free flow through the songs, and this is certainly one of those albums, everything works so really well together, but it’s not like one single piece of music chopped into segments, it’s almost like a number of different bands, and for this particular project that works just great. Matt’s a very talented songwriter as well as being a recognisable singer who has always delivered with different styles in the bands he’s played with.

Highlights have to be the lead single, ‘Black Diamonds‘ which really kicks things off with a bang, rocking and bluesy this is a great starter, powerful rocker ‘On And On‘,  the outstanding ‘Dare You To Watch‘ that has a real earworm of an intro, strong riffs and something that I think would also sound amazing done acoustically and ‘Waiting On The Sun‘ which is quite captivating, but this album is so much more than a collection of styles thrown together, each track has been carefully chosen and put together, time and attention to detail seem to be the key with a labour of love like this.

So overall, I’m loving this album the longer a spend with it, listening to different aspects, be it the more rocking tunes or the, the beauty of ‘Waiting For The Sun‘ or the blues filled punchy rock of the opener, and I’m still listening to it regularly which is always a really good sign, very much worth checking out and some really good work from Matt and his team.

British singer / song writer Matt Mitchell is back with a new self titled group debut album and music video for lead track ‘Black Diamonds‘.

The former Furyon and Colour Of Noise frontman describes the new song as being about an “inevitable ending”, explaining that “‘Black Diamonds’ is a metaphor for the loss of beauty/light/energy that occurs in the theoretical final stages of some stars life cycle (Black Dwarf). There were a lot of changes occurring around the time of the writing and demoing stages of this song. It started out as a song called ‘I hope you find what you’re looking for’ though after a re write session it morphed into the song we now know, being ‘Black Diamonds’.”

Black Diamonds‘ was voted Number One in Louder’s ‘Tracks Of The Week’ and received extensive airplay by the likes of Kerrang! Radio, Great Music Stories and moreIn addition, Planet Rock Radio has added the song to their prestigious A-List.

Not one to hold back with his writing and performance, the songs on the upcoming album ‘Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘ reflect real human experience, passion and great songs that hold potency, diversity and purpose.

“I’m aware that sometimes an album is just for the love of rock n roll and I do love that. It’s on my agenda”, explains Matt. “It could be a song about a car, or thunder and lighting. However, the main stories on this album are all about people. The people that have been part of my life, the people that have loved, cared, nurtured, hurt, inspired, broken, stayed strong, lost themselves, found themselves. Family, friends, honesty, dishonesty, music and the music business, integrity and faith. The songs in this self-titled album are inspired by all these things.

Recorded at Rockfield’s Quadrangle studio with acclaimed producer Nick Brine (Stereophonics, Thunder, Bruce Springsteen, The Darkness) and featuring the piano that Queen’s Freddie Mercury used to record ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts self-titled debut album delivers an exploration of soundscapes combined with mesmerising art inspired by benchmark “tracks of our lives” tied together with astonishing performances by Matt and the band aligned with innovative, fresh song writing.

Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘ is a modern contemporary rock record that holds its own and then some; it digs deep and looks set to be a highlight of the year for rock music.

Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘ debut album is released 19th April.

Album Tracklist:

1. Black Diamonds
2. Home
3. On & On
4. Dare You To Watch
5. Kings & Queens
6. Unavailable
7. Do You Wanna Be My God
8. Old Enough & Ugly Enough
9. Wave Goodbye
10. Everything To You
11. Keep Me Safe
12. Waiting For The Sun

Line up:

Vocals & Guitars – Matt Mitchell
Guitars – Mauro Laconi
Bass – Dom Ladd
Drums – Matt Cherry
Keys – Stevie Watts

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UK’s new classic rock outfit Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts have released a video teaser for ‘Black Diamonds‘, it’s their first single due out on January 25, 2019. The song is taken from the self titled solo record which was recorded at the iconic Rockfield Studios, Wales earlier this year.

British Singer/songwriter Matt Mitchell (Pride, Furyon, Colour Of Noise) has recently had the chance to embark on the journey of recording his long awaited debut solo record ‘Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts‘.

Line up:

Matt Mitchell – Vocals & Guitars (PRIDE, FURYON, COLOUR OF NOISE)
Mauro Laconi – Guitars
Dom Ladd – Bass
Matt Cherry – Drums
Stevie Watts – Keyboards

Matt Mitchell started out singing and writing songs in his late teens learning his craft in several bands early on, he then found himself as the voice of AOR band Pride who released two albums in the mid 2000’s on EMI Toshiba and Point Music.

Furyon was Matt Mitchell‘s next project. Formed out of the demise of Pride a heavier style evolved, with much love and praise from The likes of Classic Rock & Metal Hammer magazines. Furyon had a great run touring UK/Europe and performed at several major festivals including DownloadBloodstock and Poland’s gigantic Woodstock festival. Not long after the release of the second album the band was put on ice so that the band members could spend more time song writing and considering their future.

At this point Matt Mitchell joined Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson forming the much lighter bluesy sounding Colour Of Noise. A good two year run was had with the band. An album was released, followed by lots of touring and yet more major festival slots.

Colour Of Noise were to leave things on a high in 2017 and with one door closing another soon opened in the shape of Matt Mitchell‘s solo project with guest players – Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts.

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UK’s new classic rock outfit Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts have announced the release of their first single ‘Black Diamonds‘ on January 25, 2019. The song is taken from the self titled solo record which was recorded at the iconic Rockfield Studios, Wales earlier this year. Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts just launched their brand new website: www.mattmitchellmusic.com today.

Matt Mitchell started out singing and writing songs in his late teens learning his craft in several bands early on, he then found himself as the voice of AOR band Pride who released two albums in the mid 2000’s on EMI Toshiba and Point Music.

Furyon was Matt Mitchell‘s next project. Formed out of the demise of Pride a heavier style evolved, with much love and praise from The likes of CLASSIC ROCK & METAL HAMMER magazines. Furyon had a great run touring UK/Europe and performed at several major festivals including DOWNLOAD, BLOODSTOCK and Poland’s gigantic WOODSTOCK festival. Not long after the release of the second album the band was put on ice so that the band members could spend more time song writing and considering their future.

At this point Matt Mitchell joined Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson forming the much lighter bluesy sounding Colour Of Noise. A good two year run was had with the band. An album was released, followed by lots of touring and yet more major festival slots.

Colour Of Noise were to leave things on a high in 2017 and with one door closing another soon opened in the shape of Matt Mitchell‘s solo project with guest players – Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts

Line up:

Matt Mitchell – Vocals & Guitars (Pride, Furyon, Colour Of Noise)
Mauro Laconi – Guitars
Dom Ladd – Bass
Matt Cherry – Drums
Stevie Watts – Keyboards

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