Autumn - _...And We Are Falling Leaves_
(Stygian Crypt Productions, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
It seems that at least 50% of all Russian CDs that are reviewed on these pages are re-releases -- Forgot, Temnozor, Painful Memories... is the Russian scene so quiet that re-releases of old material is all it has to offer? Or are these artists merely being provided with an opportunity of exposure to a wider audience, an audience that simply did not exist outside the CIS states ten odd years ago?

Moving on to Autumn, this was initially released in 1997 on cassette only, but has been re-released by Stygian Crypt Productions, who have also re-released albums by Little Dead Bertha and Karcinoma. Naturally, this has been re-mastered and includes two bonus rehearsal songs, which should have remained as such. The shoddy recording, mixing and performance will hardly act as an incentive for those who possess the original cassette.

At least the album proper is considerably more listenable, opting for a style of death/doom that was popular... well, at the time it was recorded. They have opted to sing in English, providing acceptable lyrics; even if they are a bit simplistic, at least it isn't broken. Incongruously, while they sing in English and English lyrics are provided, the line-up provided in the CD booklet is in Russian! I'm assuming this was a mix up in the printing process.

The riffs are heavy and slow, the vocals alternating between deep and guttural and a tortured strained style akin to Darren White's work on Anathema's _Crestfallen_. This feels rather derivative -- even for 1997, their Anathema worship would have sounded dated. Autumn's second album has also been re-released by Stygian Crypt, and that may be of interest.


(article published 24/8/2007)

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