Armed with their third full-length opus, this excellent German act is among us all to prove that in death nothing is absolute, and certainly not an end.
Initiated as a solo project by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Coldun himself in 2006 in Chemnitz, a city in Saxony, eastern Germany, Atmospheric Progressive Metal act Coldun has grown into a veritable formation through the years, being currently formed by the aforementioned Coldun supported by his henchmen ZK and MR on the guitars, and NC on drums. Now in 2021 those talented musicians climb the logical next step together with their enthroned throat emperor in the project’s new and third album with the inspiring title Grand Sun Ritual, a real soul slurper that shows influences from Doom to Post-Metal, connecting both worlds throughout its over 51 minutes of atmospheric passages and grandiose, progressive music. Mixed and Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Recordings in Birmingham, UK and featuring a minimalist but impactful artwork by KaGo.O_O, Grand Sun Ritual revolves around the eternally topical questions of humanity about the respective meaning of life and death, With its thought-provoking lyrics showing a radically positive basic tenor, which stands for Coldun’s personal conviction that in death nothing is absolute, and certainly not an end.
Featuring guest Markus Bär on saxophone, Middle-Eastern sounds permeate the air in the mesmerizing title-track Grand Sun Ritual, with sheer poetry flowing from the song’s lyrics darkly declaimed by Coldun (“Awaked in timeless space / Bright and dark at once / Where is the coloured field I lay? / Where is the blood, where is the pain?”) while NC dictates the pace with his Doom Metal-inspired progressive beats; and more of Coldun’s atmospheric sounds and passages come in the form of The Forest And The Soul, where ZK and MR will pierce your mind with their classy riffs and solos, reminding me of some of the latest creations by bands like Insomnium with a touch of the melancholy of HIM. Then dark clouds are above us all in the Atmospheric Metal aria Down Below, once again presenting striking guitar riffs and solos supported by the solid bass jabs by Coldun, who also fires his trademark, anguished vocals in a lecture in Atmospheric Progressive Metal.
Blending the sonority of progressive music from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, Coldun and his loyal squad deliver the also bold and epic Salvation Day, where ZK and MR are in absolute sync with NC, crafting a dense ambience perfect for another round of Coldun’s deep vocals. After such intense tune, it’s time to close our eyes and relax to the smooth sound of the acoustic guitars in Stories Untold, where we must all let their piercing guitar solos soothe our souls while NC keeps the rhythm as pleasant and enfolding as possible with his classic beats, and you better get ready for over nine minutes of heavy and imposing sounds in the multi-layered Hail Out To Thebes, uniting the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater with the obscurity and potency of Type O Negative and Danzig. Put differently, you’ll be absolutely stunned by such detailed and powerful aria, before Coldun close the album with the experimental, embracing song I Dreamed That Dream, where all band members do a fantastic job by crafting minimalist but dense sounds, in special their stringed trio that’s on fire from start to finish, not to mention the song’s beautiful atmosphere.
In summary, Coldun’s dark, pensive and progressive voyage offered in Grand Sun Ritual will undoubtedly please all fans of the more atmospheric side of metal music, while at the same time also point to a more introspective path ahead of this excellent German act. Hence, don’t forget to follow Coldun on Facebook for news, tour dates and other nice-to-know details about the band, to subscribe to their YouTube channel for more of their music, and above all, to grab your copy of their new album from their own BandCamp page or from Apple Music. As already mentioned, in death nothing is absolute, and certainly not an end, but in heavy music we can all say that the music by Coldun is forever, atemporal and eternal, carving Coldun’s name in the hearts of all metalheads who have the pleasure of listening to the band’s stylish creations like the ones found in their newborn opus.
Best moments of the album: Grand Sun Ritual and Hail Out To Thebes.
Worst moments of the album: None.
Released in 2021 Independent
1. Grand Sun Ritual 7:41
2. The Forest And The Soul 6:23
3. Down Below 7:42
4. Salvation Day 8:32
5. Stories Untold 5:19
6. Hail Out To Thebes 9:16
7. I Dreamed That Dream 6:34
Coldun – vocals, bass, Hammond, synths
ZK – guitars
MR – guitars
NC – drums
Markus Bär – saxophone on “Grand Sun Ritual”