An Autumn For Crippled Children
Closure


3.0
good

Review

by Zac124 USER (50 Reviews)
August 16th, 2023 | 33 replies


Release Date: 08/04/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Their band name still confuses me. And it confuses me even more than their refusal to do something just slightly different.

An Autumn for Crippled Children has now reached ten albums into their career with Closure, and during that time they have clearly established themselves as masters in the blackgaze craft with their unique synth heavy take on this genre. Closure is another continuation of this band's already well established sound, but this is done so well to the point that it is almost a fault.

Firstly, I want to state the number of strengths Closure has. It’s biggest strength is the consistently well-executed atmosphere, which is created by the stellar instrumentals. The almost overbearing synths that drench the album's entire runtime with solid and sometimes trance inducing melodies are a key feature of the band's music, and this fact has not gone anywhere. The Feels Like Dying contains the most effective synth melodies on the record, making it the easy standout here, and the closer, Here Comes the Sorrow, adds in some of the more unique synth work of their discography, and this too includes As the Void, as it brings in a slight symphonic element to the band's sound. While the guitar work typically takes the backseat with tremolo riffs that blend into the overall sound in order to complement the synths, it enters the spotlight in For Tomorrow with an excellent melodic riff that boosts the effectiveness of the atmosphere.

Another strength is the vocals. While they are certainly very one note and can, at times, get very tiring, they are compelling with their emotive and forceful delivery, which creates a powerful dynamic with the instrumentals. From tracks such as I See You… but Never Clearly to Unable to Feel You, it is clear how much the vocals build upon the band's sound with their raw emotion that would otherwise be missing.

However, as I said before, An Autumn for Crippled Children has already established this sound on their previous records. Closure fails at adding and progressing their style to something new and exciting, even though what it does, it does very well, but so have their past albums. The album has so little that makes it stand out amongst the band's now ten album long discography that, at points, it feels like a duplicate of their previous work.

Overall, it is clear that the well is running dry for this band and their sound. While it once was fresh, it no longer is, even if it is competently played and even if it has captivating melodies. There needs to be something new here to keep interest, but Closure does not do this outside of a few very (and I mean very) brief moments. Despite this, it is still a fine album, and it is evident that it succeeds in what it wants to achieve.



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Hawks
August 16th 2023


86777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dig everything they've done but Lost will forever be my fav. One of the best bm albums ever. Will czech this one soon. m/

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2023


32015 Comments


Can't really get into this band, but I do like some of their stuff.

Hawks
August 16th 2023


86777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dewi have u heard Lost??? I can't remember.

Zac124
August 16th 2023


2606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still yet to listen to Lost in full but from what I have heard, it sounds great. My favourite of theirs is between Try Not to Destroy Everything You Love and The Light of September.

Hawks
August 16th 2023


86777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those rule too yeah but Lost is best hands down.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2023


32015 Comments


"Dewi have u heard Lost??? I can't remember."

Might be the one I remember dearly. This one became very monotonous after 4 tracks or so, I think is the vox.

Pikazilla
August 16th 2023


29724 Comments


only the ocean was the last album I truly enjoyed by these guys

Pikazilla
August 16th 2023


29724 Comments


and yeah lost is def their best

osmark86
August 16th 2023


11387 Comments


This band continues to output good albums so can't really fault them for not being one iota original. Will probably give this a spin.

DarkNoctus
August 16th 2023


12200 Comments


i mentally switched off with these guys after 'the long goodbye' and i see no reason to change that

only the ocean knows is their best record imo

osmark86
August 16th 2023


11387 Comments


yeah Only the Ocean is definitely the record I enjoyed the most from these guys. I guess I'm also pretty mentally checked out from these guys, but if for whatever reason I want vanilla blackgaze I suppose this just might deliver the goods.

someone
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2023


6560 Comments


Terminally unimaginative band makes terminally unimaginative new album. Don't feel like finishing it or returning to their stuff again.

jmh886
August 16th 2023


2931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band has made the same song 100 times and they are all enjoyable but nothing special.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2023


5836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I like all of this band's stuff but the last three albums have really had no progression at all, they seem really stuck in place

ConcubinaryCode
August 16th 2023


7539 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very fair score, the band is good at what they do but it is only what they do. I do get the sentiment of being kind of tired of them especially after ten albums. Light of September was good but it's the last new album I jammed from them

Pikazilla
August 16th 2023


29724 Comments


recyclegaze

ConcubinaryCode
August 16th 2023


7539 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Reduce, reuse, replay

Laen
August 16th 2023


873 Comments


I haven't been able to get into them since Try Not To Destroy... hasn't reached the same heights as the songs on that record.

ConcubinaryCode
August 16th 2023


7539 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Honestly, this doesn't even sound as compelling as their previous work. Some of the electronics I even found kind of annoying, it's just a little too plodding for my liking. Serviceable but only just.



FYI, the band name is a reference to a song, "an autumn to cripple children"

quetzal
August 17th 2023


992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're the AC/DC of blackgaze. Better than the last couple records at least and worth a couple spins.



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