An Autumn For Crippled Children
Everything


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
August 11th, 2011 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An Autumn for Crippled Children's second album shows them brightening up the horizons.

Last year, An Autumn for Crippled Children burst onto the black metal scene with their debut album, Lost, and are back only a little over a year later with their second full-length album, Everything. Now the band was commended on their first album for blending together a very depressing style of black metal with post-rock and shoegaze influences. Well their second album still blends those styles together, but also shows the band progressing into a lot more than that with a lot more emphasis on the shoegaze elements.

For starters, the overall feel on this album is a lot happier than it was on the first album. Now most of you are probably thinking that depressive black metal and happiness shouldn't and couldn't go together, but An Autumn for Crippled Children make it work here. Even the black metal parts are joyful sounding, so even calling it depressive black metal would be kind of a stretch. Everything is pretty much a contrast to everything that Lost was. While the latter made you feel down and full of despair and anguish, the former gives off a feeling of redemption and satisfaction. Take for example the piano part at the beginning of the third track Absence of Contrast. You can't say that there's anything hopeless or depressing about that as much as you can say it just makes the album sound beautiful.

You could almost compare this band to Alcest with the way they started off as exclusively a black metal band, but have now gone onto more shoegaze with heavy black metal influences. There's way too much going on here to just call this a black metal album. The riffs are clean and very smooth and soothing almost. Atmospherically this album is like you're lost somewhere in a dream or floating in the clouds. It just gives you a very surreal and joyful feeling when you listen to it. The only thing that really heavily resembles black metal here is the vocals. The majority of the time you'll get a high pitched shriek that isn't too high in the mix and that is heavily distorted. Sometimes they'll even hit you with the cleanly sung vocals on I Am the Veil and Rain, which weren't present at all on the first album, so it's a nice change every once in a while.

While Everything probably isn't as good as the previous album, it's still nice to hear that An Autumn for Crippled Children have progressed and it's still a very great album in it's own right. Like I mentioned, it's pretty much a complete contrast to the first album and listening to them back-to-back will give the listener an interesting experience. It's like going from hell straight to heaven. This band isn't just another ripoff, they're certainly something special.



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Hawks
August 11th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album is streaming here:

http://atmf.net/an-autumn-for-crippled-children-everything-2/

Hope people will like this more than my last review. I tried to work on some things with this one.

JizzInMyPants
August 11th 2011


2377 Comments


dam never expected a new album by these guys this early, listened to their debut in full today

Hawks
August 11th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yep I wasn't expecting it either. It's almost on par with Lost. Both are excellent.

rasputin
August 11th 2011


14555 Comments


pass

Ire
August 11th 2011


41822 Comments


but he gave it 4.5 and copy/pasta'd an old review

Motiv3
August 11th 2011


8941 Comments


awesome, imma check this album out soon. Their debut was indeed excellent.

rasputin
August 11th 2011


14555 Comments


but he gave it 4.5 and copy/pasta'd an old review


no, pass on the album

Ire
August 11th 2011


41822 Comments


but he gave it 4.5

Motiv3
August 11th 2011


8941 Comments


won't be a 4.5 but will be good nonetheless.

sniper
August 11th 2011


19080 Comments


ehhhh i'll check this out. lost was aight.

Tyrael
August 11th 2011


20948 Comments


Still don't know how I feel about this but it's definitely not as good as Lost

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TheSpirit
August 11th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is a good review Hawks, one of your best IMO

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TheSpirit
August 11th 2011


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Although your last statement seems to randomly come at the Cascadian scene for no purpose, but whatever, pos bro

Motiv3
August 11th 2011


8941 Comments


yeah this isnt even cascasdian so i dunno why u included that.

JizzInMyPants
August 11th 2011


2377 Comments


They got out of their cascasdian bat caves hawks wutchu gonna do bout that?

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011


16137 Comments


The West Coast bands, for the most part, destroy any of these black metal, shoegaze mashup bands.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011


16470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've heard from several places that this is a lot worse than Lost so I don't think I'm gonna bother with it.

Tyrael
August 11th 2011


20948 Comments


This only 'okay', don't bother with it Crysis.

On another note, have you listened to the new Forgotten Tomb yet Hawks?

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 11th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

ugh >:[

good review anyway though :]

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011


16470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This only 'okay', don't bother with it Crysis.

Yeah I figured as much.



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