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A Different Kind of Pain

Melodic hard rock
"If you slip away in darkness do you fall/And if God created love, did He make it for everyone/Is there solitude and hope, can you still dream/If the devil makes you cry, do you change/In my own shame when heaven's not far away"—from "When Heaven's Not Far Away"

A quick journey through musical history reveals countless cautionary tales of how tragedy and rock 'n' roll have gone hand in hand. And in many cases, these trials—often personal in nature—have led to some of the most honest, compelling songwriting as a result.

Florida-based rockers Cold—following in the footsteps of nü-metal acts like Puddle of Mudd, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park—provided plenty of angst-fueled introspection with their 1998 self-titled debut, 2000's 13 Ways to Bleed On Stage, and their 2003 sophomore disc, Year of the Spider. With an expletive-heavy, virtually hopeless worldview that became the calling card of most nü rock bands, songs like "Anti-Love Song," "End of the World," and "Suffocate" didn't offer much hope for redemption. But even with this decidedly pessimistic look at life, the songs clearly connected with listeners as Cold went Gold, with both CDs selling more than 500,000 copies each.

But as many rock stars have found, fame can come with a high price: Lead singer Scooter Ward's life was spiraling out of control. Ward, who grew up in a Baptist household, admitted in his band's most recent bio that the rock 'n' roll lifestyle got the better of him. In a chain of events that just seemed to get worse with every turn, Ward split with his then-fiancée, was dropped by his record label, and went into rehab—all while his sister was battling cancer. And if that wasn't bad enough, following the ...

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