Violet Cold – kOsmik

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label [URL]: https://avantgardemusic.bandcamp.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://violetcold.bandcamp.com/album/kosmik
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/VioletColdOfficial/

Band line-up:

Emin Guliyez

Tracklisting:

1. Black Sun
2. Contact
3. Mamihlapinatapai
4. Space Funeral
5. Ultraviolet
6. kOsmik
7. Ai(r)

Review:

Violet Cold is a one-man studio project from Azerbaijan, started by Emin Guliyez in 2013. He has released many albums, EPs and countless singles in the past six years, but none of them are like his eighth and perhaps most consistent album ‘kOsmik’, which was released on April 11th. Guliyev draws influence from an impressive range of genres in his latest effort, including post-rock, blackgaze, post-black metal and ambient, and his work even ends on a rearrangement of Bach’s ‘Air’.

Much of the music on this album features your typical black metal blast beats and general insanity, but there is more to it than that. Opening track, ‘Contact’ has a very effective and crystal clear produced chillout vibe, which is soon met with furious distorted guitars. What’s impressive, is the fusing of genres works. And works well. Following track, ‘Black Sun’, starts out much darker and features some genuinely disturbing female chanting, before switching to a majestic mood, enhanced by long drawn out chords played by added shining synths. Again, the concepts work very well together. It is soon found that maybe a bit too much of the supposedly adventurous LP sticks to the two feelings, however – mostly majesty over bleakness.

There are moments of distinct, independent and perfectly reasonable melodies on kOsmik, particularly in the closing sections of ‘Mamihlapinatapai’ and ‘Space Funeral’ but many other themes kind of join the backing chords as one as they are in similarly straightforward rhythms. Consequently, they aren’t quite as strong. Perhaps unfortunately for some, the album relies more on the strength of the harmony much of the time. To be fair though, there is nothing at all wrong with being made to wait for memorable tunes or highlights in general. If you’re a person who is more patient, you may even prefer Violet Cold’s relatively stripped down style over more technical and busy bands such as Emperor.

In conclusion, the album would have been much more of a pleasing experience if the chillout ideas were expanded upon. Very few bands are unique, but VC have missed an opportunity to be at least a little more trailblazing. However, at least the composer appreciates the importance of being different with his genre bending. The majestic moods whilst effective, are nothing new in black metal and rather strangely for the genre, the music could do with a little more true darkness for the sake of greater contrast. Overall the material is decent, but again it is mildly disappointing.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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