Vera : “Some mystery around the resurrection of my solo project Coldun always works.” These might have been the thoughts of a quondam lead singer of a German pagan metal band. Consequently he does not want to reveal his true identity nor links with earlier activities. Okay, we have respect for that and review ‘Collapsing Polarities’ of this multi instrumentalist as if we are dealing with a release without prehistory. Well, in a way it makes sense, because it has few things in common with pagan metal, although a kind a heathen atmosphere might be noticed in the clean chants. In this respect we rather think of the calm songs of Falkenbach, even though our protagonist comes up with ‘doom meets Pink Floyd’.
Anyways, ‘Collapsing Polarities’ happens to be a special atmospheric dark metal album, on which the speedy parts are restricted to occasional accelerations. Mainly it showcases melancholy and compelling, rather slow paces. Coldun was responsible for vocals and played all the instruments, except the guitar leads. These are done by Mike Richter and he is doing a magnificent job! Here we can hear those Pink Floyd influences! Coldun released a debut album called ‘Necessariis? Dubiis? Caritas?’ earlier in 2007, which appeared to be more doom allied than this one.
The core words for ‘Collapsing Polarities’ are atmospheric, dark and melancholic. Above all it is very beautiful music to invoke a certain atmosphere, quite dreamy without being soft. Coldun is not an exceptional vocalist, but he knows how to catch the perfect atmosphere of his music with gloomy, contemplative clear chants. For some of you these might get a bit monotonous after some songs, but it is always sublimated by those beautiful emotive guitar solos (which are more than once fast and fervent). In some of the songs, acoustic guitars bring the thoughtful elements to life. A nice example of this might be the electric guitar solo, played on an acoustic chords foundation in ‘For A Divine Being’. The third track ‘What Stays?’ appears to be the most atmospheric and slow one with its low-pitched vocals, while the inciting ‘Rise & Fall’ recalls memories of Pink Floyd’s ‘Run Like Hell’ of ‘The Wall’. Strangely enough vocals remind me of Amorphis’ clean parts as well from time to time. All influences are blend in personal, quite long compositions. Music perfectly crafted for enjoying at dusk with a glass of red wine within reach.