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Autumn's Winter



by ThePalestMexican USER (39 Reviews)
January 4th, 2010 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Man this is one dry winter...

Admitted that I'm one of the few (if not the only person) who has heard of this band on this site. They're slightly popular here in my town, starting out as a combination of old-Slipknot and Pantera. However something must've happened to the band, maybe they got worried that their brand of Texas groovy nu-metal was gonna go stale, so they decided that a complete overhaul with the band's sound was in order. Now one look at this album cover and it smells of a possible Gothic rocker's fantasy, however it couldn't be further from the truth. This band has completely gone mainstream (sold out" that's for you to decide). Now I'm an optimist and still listened to it all the way through, it's not bad, however I feel that they can do much better.

The band's sound is accessible, in fact vocalist Tony voice draws similarities to New Found Glory & A Day to Remember, while the guitars are heavy and gritty, & bassist/backup vocalist Lodi sounds like Ivan of Motograter when giving backup. One problem this band has is that when it comes to lyrics they aren't poets. A lot of the songs are overly cliche ("Killing Me" & "The Pain"), while some don't distract and even have shining moments ("Under Attack" & "Believe"). Another problem is diversity, this band just doesn't spread itself apart enough. A lot of the songs use the EXACT same song structure and even sound the same ("Under Attack"="Killing Me"). There are some very key moments on this album such as "Believe" this song while it may have trouble opening up, once it's hits the chorus the song hits you hard and doesn't let go. "Under Attack" has a brilliant chorus that is extremely catchy, and the opening guitar riff to "Maniac" is pure genius.

While I respect this band's occasional talent, which shines on this album from time to time, and the quality of this album is a lot better then most independently released albums. I think some proper motivation and a better producer could make this band shine. Until then we have a band that shines only some of the time, some of the time. In all fairness this album is like a meal with lots of vegetables, but little meat. It may hold you over for now, but soon you'll be craving something better.

Good clean quality
Some talent
Accessible as it gets

Overly cliche song writing
Little to no diversity
Band fails to be serious most of the time

Recommended Tracks-
Under Attack

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January 4th 2010


Album Rating: 2.0

Constructive criticism!

I know this didn't turn out too great.

Please help me improve!

January 4th 2010


Basically, you need to work on your punctuation and your run-on sentences. You also add a lot of extra stuff that clog your sentences. Your last (too short) paragraph should look more like this:

"While I respect this band's occasional talent", "I think some proper motivation and a better producer could make this band shine."

Also, the site usually shuns pros and cons. Since you know that this did not turn out great, what you really should have done was fix it before you added the review. Hope to see more reviews from you!

January 4th 2010


it s a little short but otherwise good!

January 4th 2010


Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, I'm thinking about dropping the pros and cons altogether.

I had trouble cause there wasn't much I could go into with this album. I actually did fix some things, such as the intro paragraph to this is a lot more solid and gives you an idea of the band's sound as to the first one just simply gave background info on the band.

and it's short for a reason, a lot of the songs follow the same structure. It would be pointless to state that over and over again. Also not much info is around about this band since their pretty independent & unknown.

April 3rd 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

Your comparisons to New Found Glory and A Day To Remember are baffling. I don't hear it at all. And I've checked with multiple people, no one hears it- so I don't think I'm crazy.

Vocal comparisons that would make sense: Finger Eleven, Three Days Grace, The Classic Crime, 12 Stones....

June 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 2.0

(this is late I know)

Those vocal comparisons are pretty accurate as well

but I hear pop punk, maybe I'm the only guy who hears it but I hear pop punk.

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