Autumn
Cold Comfort


2.5
average

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
November 19th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Autumn falls.

Generally, when gothic rock/metal bands prepare for their next album, they claim that it will be their heaviest and/or darkest effort. In preparation for Autumn’s next album, however, they stated that they were, “stretching out to more progressive musical genres”, and also, that their sound engineer, “envisioned a more vintage approach for Cold Comfort”. This was not comforting. They had already tried a prog influenced, yet gothic affair in Altitude, a failed combination in their hands. It sounded like they couldn’t decide what they wanted to be, a prog band, or just another gothic rock pretender. Therefore, it was wildly inconsistent. It was also fairly average music, and it wouldn’t take much to make Autumn a boring band. In fact, it would take this album, Cold Comfort, for them to finally, and completely, dive off the deep end into an empty pool.

Cold Comfort sees Autumn trying a new genre, progressive rock, which is exactly what they wanted to do. Although this seems like a bad idea at first, it turns out that this direction actually suits the band. They were trying too hard to rock in their previous album, but such a thing shouldn’t have to be forced. Therefore, their new, completely chill, and void of metal direction, makes total sense. Even Marjan’s vocals fit this role perfectly, since her singing was never especially loud. With less forced aggression, their music is sounding as peaceful as their band name suggests. In the season of Autumn, I’m fairly certain that leaves fall off trees noiselessly, rather than finding the nearest gun and firing it at the bastard tree.

The band certainly had the right idea with this new direction, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t pay off. They said that they have taken leaps outside of their comfort zone with this album, but those leaps are more like baby steps. What they consider vintage prog rock actually sounds closer to radio friendly, adult-oriented alternative rock. In other words, it’s pretty boring. What boggles the mind, though, is that this band could easily do better. We hear potential in the track ‘Naeon’ which claims a hurricane of riffs, and even in the more gothic, and heavier song, ‘The Scarecrow’, but apart from those, the album is completely forgettable. It turns out that the switch to prog rock is the worst thing that the band could have possibly done. Unless they get their act together, no one will be listening to this band any time soon.



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pizzamachine
November 19th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm gonna sleep soon. :] Come hither!

seedofnothing
November 19th 2011


3425 Comments


how do you keep finding all these terrible albums lol. i want more 4's and 5's

good review btw ;

pizzamachine
November 19th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha I guess I have a knack for finding them!

Emim
November 19th 2011


26707 Comments


I won't be listening to this band any time soon.

seedofnothing
November 19th 2011


3425 Comments


needs more cowbell

pizzamachine
November 19th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like where this is going. *rubs hands*

Acanthus
November 19th 2011


9785 Comments


I knew you were going to review something today, I could just feel it!

It's sad that many gothic tinged bands never find their stride :/

Digging: Mr Little Jeans - Pocketknife

seedofnothing
November 19th 2011


3425 Comments


yeah really tho, for instance draconian's new one was pretty good but i woulda wished they'd take much further

Acanthus
November 19th 2011


9785 Comments


I need to listen to more by them, their debut is superb though.

scissorlocked
November 19th 2011


3518 Comments


first sentence is so true

won't bother with this

Digging: Max Graef - Rivers of the Red Planet

Willie
Moderator
November 19th 2011


16310 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't buy into this band's own hype. Their last album proved that even in a genre full of terribly average bands, this one could still be considered bad. For a band that does the subtle prog gothic thing, check out the last album by Menagerie.

Dreamflight
November 19th 2011


1760 Comments


"Generally, when gothic rock/metal bands prepare for their next album, they claim that it will be their heaviest and/or darkest effort"

So much win here. :D And as usal, great review pizza.

The only Autumn album I liked was Summer's End, but I will still check this out.

pizzamachine
November 19th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks guys. : ) Yeah this isn't good.

Tyrael
November 19th 2011


21003 Comments


I love the band description:

Another Gothic metal band from the Netherlands.

lol

pizzamachine
November 19th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hahaha didn't see that

iFghtffyrdmns
November 19th 2011


7047 Comments


Tyrael I was literally going to write that EXACT comment. I mean I had just come back from control-C'ing the description on the bandpage and I was scrolling down and saw yours. damn you.

but yeah it's really funny.

Willie
Moderator
November 19th 2011


16310 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I love the band description:



Another Gothic metal band from the Netherlands.



lol
That was me ;)

pizzamachine
November 19th 2011


12633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm shocked!

MisterTornado
November 20th 2011


4507 Comments


Autumn falls, that's pretty good

joe2m
July 2nd 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One man's junk is another man's treasure is how I would describe the mood here with this Cd. The album has been getting rave reviews on many metal sites. It certainly isn't a CD you just pop in and like, it's very subtle. While I would not go as far as saying it is my favorite album, I certainly do respect the prog elements and I do think it's one of the better offerings in that genre for the year. I do like prog metal music a lot, especially Therion and the more newly transformed Kamelot (although they do anything they want very well). Yes, these are not true prog metal bands like DT (metal or hard rock who cares) but I like the symphony elements and strong vocals of these bands as well. This a CD you pop in and just listen too. After you do it a few times you might appreciate the subtle nature of the album. My personal favorite for the band is "My New Time" but wow the hate I see here and it is actually by many people's estimation a pretty darn good album. I'll stick with my 3.5 and tempted to give a 4! These guys are great musicians and stick out for their differences that apparently are not always appreciated.



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