COLD have parted ways with guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM). In a posting on the group's official message board, Rendini explained the circumstances behind his departure from the group: "I have been getting alot of emails and [private messages] concerning the news of me 'leaving' COLD. Although I can't really give an accurate reason, because I feel that would be better left for the band to explain, the truth is I actually got FIRED from COLD. Although I feel that this was an unfair and not well thought-out decision, I respect the band's wishes. I just want the fans to understand that I never deserted a band or its fans ever. This message is no way an attack on the band, or its members, because I still love all of them like they were my own brothers, but I felt it was nessary to let people know how I felt and what exactly happened. You all know as a band that they won't ever let their fans down, and you will all love the new record. I just wanted to take a second and thank all of you COLD Army for welcoming me into such open arms, and giving me the chance to show you what I'm about."
Rendini joined COLD in February 2004 as the replacement for Terry Balsamo, who exited the group late last year to hook up with EVANESCENCE. Back in April, COLD parted ways with guitarist Kelly Hayes (who has since joined the Jacksonville, Florida-based "modern rock" band ALLELE) and replaced him with Matt Laughran, formerly of the pre-COLD outfit GRUNDIG.
COLD have set "And a Sad Song Lives On" as the title of their new album, tentatively due early next year via the group's new label, Atlantic. The band are currently recording the album with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (CHEVELLE, IGGY POP).
Released in 2003, COLD's last album, "Year of the Spider", debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.