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Autumnal's sophomore release is multi-faceted, well-developed, and altogether refreshing.

Spain has never really had too large of a Doom scene, from what Iíve been able to tell. Aside from Orthodox, Evadne, or Helevorn, few bands have risen up to gain much attention. Autumnal has been around for about 16 years now, and have been able to attract a little bit of interest by playing some festivals and releasing a well-received first album entitled Grey Universe. Itís taken them 8 years to finally release this second album, and those who are familiar with the bandís earlier works will find that the group has developed a little bit more personal style, while still appealing to their initial audience.

Autumnalís form of Doom is very light, warm, and nostalgic. Violins, emotional clean singing, and romantic sounding melodies meet a coarse guitar tone, occasional shrieked and growled vocals, and some fairly complex drumming patterns. They create a melancholic wall of sound that is highly atmospheric, yet quick to lead to outbursts of aggression. Javier de Pablo has a very high-pitched and anguished singing style similar to Vincent Cavanaughís tenor crooning, which impressively transitions to a harsh bellowing growl. The music alternates between being led by his voice and being led by the stringed instruments. The guitars are thick and fuzzy, with the slightest bit of incoherence in the rhythm section at times. Fans of 40 Watt Sun will feel at home with the vaguely droned-out feel of the slower sections of the album, which I feel stands out particularly on third track íThe Head of the Wormí and the bleak cover of Supertrampís íDonít Leave Me Nowí. In the calm moments of clean guitars, light shades of Depressive Rock and Alternative resonate throughout, bringing the essence of modern Katatoniaís bleakest tracks to mind. On top of all this, the violin adds elegance and an extra sense of sophistication to the mature sounding Doom. While this instrument is anything but new to this style of music, itís utilized only to accentuate the emotional peaks of the songs, keeping it tasteful and allowing the intensity to mostly be built off by the guitars and vocals.

As I stated before, Autumnalís music sounds mature and sophisticated. Considering the good length of time between Grey Universe and this album, I could imagine that it gave the band a chance to really analyze each detail and consider what direction to take in each of their songs. Itís very multi-faceted, well-developed, and altogether refreshing. To top it off, the sound production is very crisp and clean cut, allowing the music to engulf and move the listener effectively. Overall, I think this is a very impressive album from a band that has taken the time to expand on their style and find their own personality. Somehow, I feel it could be akin to a blend of 40 Watt Sun and Woods of Ypres. Yet, to put it in simplest terms, what we have is very modern and atmospheric Doom with strong vocals and bouts of aggression. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Tears from a Beast
2. One StepÖ and the Rest of Our Lives
3. The Head of the Worm
4. Manís Life is the Wolfís Death
5. Resigned to Be Lived
6. The Storm Remains the Same
7. Donít Leave Me Now (Supertramp cover)
8. Fatherís Will

Duration : Approx. 72 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-11-20 by Dante DuVall
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