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Autumn Black: Beneath the Shadows

With a sound similar to bands like Atryeu and Killswitch Engage, California's Autumn Black mix metal and hardcore on their debut for Throwdown Records called Beneath the Shadows. Upon first listen, you might think that Autumn Black are just like every other metalcore band out there at the moment, and for the most part that might be true. However, the band does manage to squeeze in some irrestistible melodies on a few tracks, as well as some engaging guitar harmonies, that make the overall experience worthwhile. A song like "Rememberence" for instance, contains some pummeling guitar riffs, vicious screams, yet the band also throw in some melodic clean vocals that are quite catchy, and make the song very memorable. They follow this formula on a few tracks here, perhaps the best being "Breathe for Me", which will be a must hear for Killswitch Engage fans who like the back and forth battles between screaming and clean vocals. Otherwise, the normal chugging guitars and aggressive vocals are commonplace here, so depending on your love for the genre will determine your mileage on Beneath the Shadows. It's certainly a competent debut that should please young harcore and metal fans that like pummeling sounds with a dose of melody thrown in for good measure.

Track Listing

  1. Salvation
  2. Ashes
  3. Nameless
  4. In the Name of a Rose
  5. Remembrance
  6. Beneath the Shadows
  7. Breathe for Me
  8. Eyes of a Darkened Past
  9. Ode to the Forgotten
  10. Rise to Fall
  11. Buried in Silence
  12. Mind Control

Added: August 7th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3655
Language: english

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