This leads into The Lie which, itself starts off a bit weak but then it revs up and gets going. The heavy guitar work comes in and Carlile comes in screaming. It's everything you'd want from the band. Real is a song that is clearly designed for radio play, it's an anthem about not letting someone force you to hide what you really are. It works though, it feels earnest and for lack of a better word, real. While a lot of the songs are fairly heavy, they're all done in a fairly catchy manner. The electronic work and song structure often brings to mind thoughts of nu metal during the early 2000's.
Like previously mentioned vocalist Austin Carlile has been through a lot the last few years. He unfortunately has a rare genetic condition that has him in constant pain. This comes out through the lyrics, sometimes it's subtle, but the message in the song Pain is very clear. As he screams out "Fingers tracing scars mapping out reminders of just how much I can take". There's a real sense of catharsis that can be felt in the song. The instrumentals which come off as contorted and twisted also work to express the feeling.
I gave Of Mice & Men huge props on Restoring Force to break through the genericness of most metalcore bands that blend heavy and melodic. I have to commend them once again and even more so with Cold World. They really pushed themselves on this one, musically and physically. Many bands talk about writing from a very real place but it's so interwoven throughout this album that there's no denying it here. Cold War is expressive, heavy, melodic, varied, interesting, with a severe sense of conviction.