Violet Cold is one of those projects that has a truly exciting trajectory. A band who have always been at least somewhat rooted in black metal Violet Cold has never hesitated to embrace more ambient moments. The latest offering from this Azerbaijani (!) group Anomie comes as a split release between Folkvangry Records and Tridroid Records, an exciting collaboration from two great labels committed to helping unleash some of the great art of our time. Getting lost in the soundscapes of Anomie proves they have done exactly that.
I think what gets me about this record is the powerful balance between the raw and often primitive black metal of the band with the more Caladan Brood or Summoning oriented synth and ambient parts. While most black metal bands of this ilk tend to scale back with their riffs, Violet Cold has no issue showing the more abrasive sides of the genre. That being said, there are certainly moments where the high speed guitars certainly become more meditative and you are given a chance to dive into the more transcendent glory of what's represented. You explore a sort of auditory paradise and wind up deeper than you thought possible.
Anomie is one for the ages. It's a record that has high replay value, truly unique experimentations and some really cool melodic content. It's a record that reminds us that the true power of black metal is in the surprisingly wide pallette it has to offer. In a world where it's so easy to fall into the same bland routines Anomie remains exciting and pushes boundaries. It shows us bold new worlds and hints at a great future for the project. This is an album that you are going to want to pick apart and leaves us with more questions than answers.
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