Seven years separate us from the release of ColdWorld’s masterful Melancholie². It’s hard to believe it’s been such a stretch of time, but I’ve simultaneously found myself craving the return of multi-instrumentalist and composer Georg Börner to the metal world. The unbridled despondency and incredible musical depth found within Autumn, the long-awaited sophomore full-length effort from Börner’s ColdWorld is a deepenning of what was already a cavernous, melodic and expansive sound – ColdWorld was not with us, but it was obvious that Börner spent the past near-decade dwelling on this music. Having spent the interim lending his violin, viola and nyckelharpa skills to folk artists Sangre de Muerdago, In Gowan Ring, and Saeldes Sanc, there is a bit of bleed from this “second musical self” into ColdWorld. Autumn‘s melodies are all the more pastoral and earthy in comparison to Melancholie² and TheStarsAreDeadNow‘s icy distance. Impatience defined my time spent between ColdWorld albums, but the years of stress and doubt find a greater reward with Autumn.