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Violet Cold
Magic Night
Type: CD
Company: Indy Release
Release: 2016
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Beautiful Atmospheric Black Metal to chill you to your core
One-man outfit Violet Cold have really kind of shifted their sound with "Magic Night". 2015's "Desperate Dreams" was a further step into the post black metal genre. "Magic Night" differentiates from their prior album with a lack of vocals, more haunting compositions, and an overall more fluid effort.

Opening track "Everything You Can Imagine Is Real..." is a very subtle yet well-woven track that kicks the album off in grand style. Beautifully layered guitars and synthesizers come together to create a track that is perfect so close to the start of winter here in the States. The cold, dank atmosphere draws you in and holds you in its chilly grasp while plucking at your mind and conscious. As the album continues to move on, the tracks vary between heavier offerings like "Magic Night" and "Silver Moon (Pt. II)" and more serene tracks like "For Amelie (Polish Lullaby)" and "Drowned in the Lights". I've found myself gravitating more and more towards this type of black metal lately. While it eschews the elements of traditional black metal, it still holds to the ethos of giving the listener an experience that is immersive and chilly.

That being said, this album is one that I can throw on in whatever mood I'm in and have it suit me perfectly. The album is great through and through and is one that I continually come back to again and again. So, if you're looking for music to stir up the seasonal feelings, have something on in the background or looking for something a little different from the norm, I strongly recommend "Magic Night". The album is a great release and Violet Cold is a band you should definitely keep an ear on. Plus the band is on Bandcamp and you can directly support the band by picking up this or any other of their releases.

About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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