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As Autumn Calls : Emotionless

It is hard those days to find a band bringing something really new on the Doom/Death table, and let's face it : that's not necessarily what most of us want. All we want is to be able to listen to something at least decent, able to satisfy our hunger for the genre. So when we happen to stumble upon a band which is both good and with ideas, this is Doom Christmas.

Canadian duo As Autumn Calls took their name from an Estatic Fear song, and this pretty much sums up also their intentions : to play a mournful, yet melodic, blend of Doom Death and Atmospheric Doom.

The Atmospheric side of it comes in the form of very well executed accoustic parts, full of sorrow and mist : the opening minutes of Isolation bring to mind the best blend of Estatic Fear and Opeth you can think of, but never sounding like copying both bands. Then, at nearly mid-song, it suddenly switches into a heavy-as-an-autumn-storm charge of the purest melodic Doom Death one can find in Swallow The Sun (and with better vocals, if you ask me).

This is what their Doom Death side is all about : unrelentling in the feelings on display, drowning you in a lake of sadness. This simple EP tops most of the Doom Death albums I've listened to or reviewed over the course of the last year.

Mark my words : As Autumn Calls has the potential to become big in the next years, if they keep on following their current path. Emotionless is a pure gem that'll satisfate even the most hardcore Doom Death fans.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Isolation
2. Emotionless
3. Resignation

Duration : Approx. 24 minutes

Visit the As Autumn Calls bandpage.

Reviewed on 15-05-2010 by Laurent Lignon
Forever Autumn
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