Coldborn is the brainchild and solo project of Norgaath (Nightbringer, Grimfaug, Onirik, ex-Gotmoor...). For this record, he invited Menthor (Lvcifyre, Nightbringer & Enthroned) to record the drums. A. Krieg (Darkmoon Warror, ex-Eternity) and Nocturus Horrendus (Corpus Christii) took care of the guest vocals. Phorgath (Enthroned, Emptiness) was on mixing and mastering duties, the latter along with Ivan Houben.
If those names don't ring a bell, don't worry. If you're a fan of atmospheric black metal, you can blindly trust this act to get you through the winter and far beyond, regardless of the names behind the album. Coldborn easily managed to create an interesting piece of music and a cold, depressive atmosphere. In five songs, lasting eight plus minutes each, the project brings up plenty of harsh riffing, hauting vocals and enough variation to remain interesting.
Of course, the focus is on atmosphere and in that this act certainly succeeded. The majority of the music is quite slow, something I've always liked. It gives the whole thing an epic, dark and impending sound. It also makes the title track 'Lingering Voidwards' my absolute favorite on this album. But, as befits any decent black metal album, there is plenty of blast beats driven insanity for you to bang your head to.
Take closer 'Withered' for example, a massive piece of musical brutality and so damn immersive and evil. Perhaps this is the least varied song on this album but hey, it's skull ripping black metal, what else could you possibly want. Besides, the variation lies in other songs, like the stunning epos 'The Call Of Death's Clarion' or 'In The Abcence Of Light, Death Gazes', which is simply equally impressive.
So take it from me, if you need a good and atmospheric black metal album to get you through the darker days of life, this one comes highly recommended. Fans of Summoning, Emperor, Drudkh, Paysage d'Hiver, Burzum... will find an absolute must-have in this album. Eventually, this album makes me curious about live performances, if there are any. Check it out, my fellow blackened souls, you won't be disappointed...