lunedì 13 aprile 2015

Violet Cold - Desperate Dreams

Artist: Violet Cold
Album: Desperate Dreams
Release date: April 11, 2015
Label: Independent
Genre: Atmospheric black metal

One-man project from Azerbaijan. Name's Emin Guliyev. He's got wifi, we've got wifi, he makes music, we can listen to it. This is Violet Cold's first full-length album, although he released a ton of songs since 2014. Most of them aren't metal, which is by no means a bad thing. With Desperate Dreams he plays atmospheric black metal, unsurprisingly - his previous project, Void, erred only slightly more in favour of depressive black metal.

Emin is eclectic, and you can feel it, particularly in his rhythmic ideas. It's not all blast beats and double strokes, there are electronic influences all over the place, so you can feel some echoes drum'n'bass in quieter sections and a lot of old school house when the tempo slows. I'm a big fan of the way he uses synths with a sharp electronic tune under heavy guitars - it's cool, it's more or less new, it works. The kind of sound Violet Cold excels at is a brand of epic and gloomy black metal, perfect for a laptop listening experience.

Guliyev is prone to over-layering: there are many instances where there is something extra needlessly going on in the background. Perhaps it's just me being used to a dryer sound, but I find it distracting. There's also the thing that the black metal factor in the Violet Cold equation is not particularly great. The idea behind the sound is pretty much perfect, and the electronic side is competently executed, it's just not a memorable metal album. What should, ideally, be carrying the songs (the guitar) simply fails to shine.

Still, it's a bit of fresh air. I can only be happy every time a musician takes a risk and tries something this heavy on the contaminations. If Violet Cold wants to choose a road and follow it to the end, then this is it. 95% of metal releases are dull ideas executed with care. This is a good idea with margins for improvement.

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