Eight years have passed since, with the magnificent Melancholie², Georg Börner brought to the highest emotional levels the most atmospheric and depressive black metal, with his solo project ColdWorld. After a long gestation, finally arrives to us Autumn, worthy successor of that sonic masterpiece: the time elapsed between the two works has perhaps smoothed certain gloom and the sound of ColdWorld, today, appears much less shrouded by a funereal halo, flashing more than a glimmer of hope. In fact, in several occasions peeps out a post metal hint that, accomplices melodies of crystalline beauty, fills the heart more of melancholy (in this case even more cubed, rather than squared) than of despair. Scars is a song that is enough to show that Börner has not lost his inspiration, resuming the discourse more or less from where it was interrupted a long time ago, but it is with Void that the autumn light breaks the cold monochrome of winter: a melody of dazzling beauty is accompanied by ethereal female vocals combined with the always harsh scream of the German musician. Just the quality of the melodies is the aspect that makes the difference between the craftsman and the champion: Börner undoubtedly belongs to the latter category, amazing for the apparent ease with which it disgorges moving and indelible harmonies (Autumn Shades, Nightfall). The passages with the use of clean vocals and the perceptible sensation of a sound made somehow more ethereal, are worth to an album like Autumn a (perfectible) definition of depressive post black metal but, above all, a very high evaluation for the high capacity of involvement and the emotional afflatus that transpires from every note. Not to be missed.
2016 – Cold Dimensions / Grau Records
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