VIOLET COLD is one of those few bands that are labelled as various on Metallum. It is also a one-man band by Emin Guliyev that is created with artificial intelligence. In his own words: “An experimental AI simulated music project from 40°22’37.7″N 49°50’51.6″E”.
What, I assume, started in an Azerbaijani guy’s room, has already spawned an uncountable number of singles, another bunch of EPs, and «only» ten LPs. As well as a couple of splits, yes. His name began to be more «popular» when he edited his second full length, Magic night, although, I believe kOsmik has been some kind of a bridge to develop his own solo project formula. And to actually make it work.
All his music has been released independently. Meaning: none of VIOLET COLD‘s albums are signed by labels. Although, he did work with Avantagarde music for kOsmik‘s vinyl and CD editions, and with Tridroid records for the cassette version of it, and also for Magic night‘s.
VIOLET COLD has always been a dance between post-black metal and ambient, experimenting with every style that you can think of in between, and others that aren’t even related. His compositions are not extremely complex although, as said, it contains many musical influences. But they are always loaded with feelings. They speak to you even if you don’t read or understand the lyrics.
Empire of love beats them all on that sentimental field. We can partly attribute this to the increased use of clean and mellow voices (hear «Shegnificant«, excellent name and track) which are now not only female, but male vocals too («We met during the revolution«). This time it’s not a dance trip to Tomorrowland festival, like some Magic night‘s tracks. It reminds me more to kOsmik, partly because of what I just mentioned. But, make no mistake, we can still find blast beats, more DSBM parts… Adding on this one, Middle Eastern sounds, e.g. «Working class» where a banjo is emulated. Trip hop, pop, electronics with a 90s flavor… Resulting in a general atmosphere that is rather optimistic.
On another note, the drums seem to be improved. With the core understanding that they are programmed, and their goal will never be to sound natural, Empire of love‘s sound less robotic. And I can even appreciate some cymbal and snare drum details I had not heard before.
Another huge aspect of this work is the message. Represented by a simple artwork design that shows the rainbow flag and the half moon and star of Azerbaijan’s flag, it raises against the oppressive system that we are forced to live in. A shout towards acceptance and empathy that has surely brought some opposite reactions and comments. Values or public? For VIOLET COLD it has obviously worked as a filter.
The way things are going in the world, makes positioning very necessary. As much as learning, analysing, being empathetic and understanding. Emin/VIOLET COLD got into this with the intention of changing things, aiming to take that goal further than just the band’s gestation and management. He brings quality material and strong ideas to an scene that still has a lot of thinking to do. But he’s demonstrated more than enough that you don’t need to give up on your principles in order to achieve many great things.