Coldworld
Autumn


4.4
superb

Review

by Atari STAFF
July 19th, 2016 | 271 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A worthy successor to "Melancholie²" in just about every way

During the ice-cold grip of winter, Coldworld’s Melancholie² sounds better than ever. Amidst the album’s haunting synths and crushing riffs, it’s not hard to see why it’s become a staple to many metal fanatics – especially during the most frigid months. Eight years following the release of that album, fans face a nagging anticipation with the release of Autumn: Georg Börner’s warmly aggressive follow-up to the winter favorite. The good news is -- and there’s lot’s of it -- the musician has neither replicated the approach on Melancholie², nor has he abandoned his roots entirely. The gloomy and anguished tremolo riffs make a triumphant return, but everything has a decidedly brighter tone to it this time around. While his 2008 effort invited us to trek through miles of a desolate snowstorm, Autumn has a much more celestial feel to it: like gazing up at the blackened, star-filled sky on a November night – and getting lost in it.

As Coldworld makes a triumphant comeback, the man behind its brilliance is no less of a mystery than he was eight years ago. The few words Börner has shared about Autumn aren’t exactly rays of sunshine, hinting that the album is just the prerequisite to the inevitable winter and the coming death; but I don’t buy it. He may be convinced he’s strictly borrowing ideas from sorrow and despair, but there’s an undeniable sense of beauty to his music. Even as it drips with melancholy, there’s a hint of hope buried within its murky layers; ‘Nightfall’ might have the most optimistic melodies on the album, while ‘Autumn Shade’ latches on to a sense of longing with ethereal guest vocals sung over a hypnotizing guitar tone.

Sometimes all it takes is the right riff to carry a song, and ‘Nightfall’ fits this bill proudly. With an ear for powerful melodies, Börner injects his emotions into a piece that slowly builds and expands throughout its runtime – ending with delicate piano notes that shimmer like stars in the shrouded sky. These more hopeful moments are still met with a sense of eeriness that Coldworld are known for, as the frontman dabbles in subtle folk and post-rock leanings to make his most diverse set of songs yet. ‘The Wind and the Leaves’ is minimalistic in approach, with strong neofolk influences that thrust the listener into the foreboding intro to ‘Climax of Sorrow.’ The latter starts out with a bleak urgency, and contains some of the most pained and demented cries to ever escape the musician’s mouth. On the other hand, opener ‘Scars’ has some delicate and warm post-rock inspired guitar sections that lead into the rapid trems, giving the album a different flavor from the get-go. Whether it be the delicate use of strings that seamlessly blend into the diverse yet focused ‘Scars’, or the addition of clean vocals that add contrast to the astral reaches of ‘Void’, Autumn is a worthy successor to Melancholie² in just about every way. All of the album’s positive energy sneaks through even the densest layers, concluding with the ambient-influenced ‘Escape II’, which replicates the cryptic sound of a wolf crying at the moon through a thick fog.

Throughout its entirety, Autumn constantly gives off a spacey vibe, feeling as boundless as the far-reaching depths of outer space. Moments of mourning cut through the broad skyline, but they’re met with an unmistakable sense of optimism and passion. Perhaps my descriptions paint a picture of an album that’s more optimistic than it really is – after all, Coldworld are still true to their black metal roots – but there’s a winning combination of sweet and sour that gives Autumn rich contrast throughout its eight impressive tracks. Be it the ambient sections that replicate the slight chill of a fall’s night or the sky-high walls of sound that pummel their way through much of the album, the level of diversity on display here makes for a welcome expansion to Coldworld’s sound. Georg Börner is clearly a perfectionist, and his careful attention to detail breathes a level of subtlety and genuinely raw emotion into his exciting follow-up to Melancholie². Whether or not it will be another eight years until we’re graced with another Coldworld release is anyone’s guess, but Autumn is an expansive treat that gives us plenty of room to explore in the meantime. Not only that, but it exudes a powerful and convincing atmosphere that surpasses much of the genre - which is saying a lot considering the growing popularity of atmospheric black metal in recent years. This is the sound of eight years of passion and ideas finally being unleashed to the world, and it's nothing short of astounding.



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Crysis
Emeritus
July 19th 2016


17242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gonna check melancholie was sick

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2016


22457 Comments


after listening to this nonstop since its release, I don't really have any complaints - but this is my kind of bm. just love the overall tone and atmosphere with this one. keeps getting better too. atm, the last two songs (nightfall and escape II) are my favorite parts of the album

@Kyle, hope you dig it. definitely different than melancholie, but I'm personally glad he changed things up with this one

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iloveyouall
July 19th 2016


6319 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

really nice review atar. : ) )

can't say I agree with much, but the writing is top-tier.

now for me to go back to hakaristi.

Hawks
July 19th 2016


48955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review bro. Best album ever. m/

SpiritCrusher2
July 19th 2016


5467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know it's easier to just call the album Melancholie, but if you're mentioning it in the review, you probably should write its proper name, Melancholie^2.

SpiritCrusher2
July 19th 2016


5467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

double post, sorry

brainmelter
July 19th 2016


3967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nioce

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2016


22457 Comments


cheers sach and hawks

@spiritcrusher, yeah I thought of that but it's listed as just "Melancholie" on the band page too. I might change it if I can do so without messing up the review formatting

iloveyouall
July 19th 2016


6319 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

you might be able to copy-paste some cute superscripts...?

iloveyouall
July 19th 2016


6319 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Melancholie²

edit: already dealt with, nice.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2016


22457 Comments


yup, got it!


StarlessCore
July 19th 2016


4972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

1.5

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 19th 2016


21701 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

well, guess I'll have to post my counter(ish) review now. Great review Atari. You write so smoothly. IWe actually agree on quite a bit about this album, but there are just a few things that don't sit right with me.

dbizzles
July 19th 2016


8932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good review. I fucking love this.

zaruyache
July 19th 2016


17171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

do it spirrittt. Might give this a proper listen later tonight if I'm able to pull myself away from the other junk in my backlog.

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DarkNoctus
July 19th 2016


9921 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is growing on me, might bump rating

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2016


22457 Comments


looking forward to reading your thoughts on this @Spirit. Thanks for the compliment too. I tried to think of anything I could criticize about the album, but I love every song to some degree (and I knew it would probably get some sort of counter-argument).



brainmelter
July 19th 2016


3967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Melancholie²'

soo cute

Crysis
Emeritus
July 19th 2016


17242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't like this that much after first listen. His clean vocals are extremely irritating in my opinion. Melancholie is far better.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2016


15754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

Great review Atari!



This is tied with Ursa by Novembre for my favorite metal album of the year so far.

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