|Review: Autumnia - O' Funeralia|
Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2009
Review online: November 16, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This is the third album by Autumnia, a Ukrainian band put together by a couple of guys who either are, or used to be in Mournful Gust – another excellent Doom/Death band from that country. I somehow missed this band's first two efforts, and I am pleased to have gotten a hold of this from the label. Solitude may sign anything remotely doomy in Eastern Europe, but they do snag some good stuff.
This is Doom/Death of a very melodic and haunting variety, without the pummeling assault some of these bands go for. I like it because it creates a consistent mood and atmosphere and stays with it, the harsh and clean vocals blending and sharing the lead quite naturally, while the guitars mesh well with the violins and piano used to create a dense feeling of gloom. The melodies are genuinely memorable and mournful, while the switches between harsh riffs and vocals to the clean vocals and more melodic passages are handled extremely well. You know, a lot of Doom/Death bands will play slow for a bit, and then they will suddenly harsh up as if to say "oops, we've been playing slow for too long, time to kick ass or people will think we're too emo." Autumnia have taken the higher road of not using the clash of styles to startle (which breaks the mood that is so vital to this kind of music), but to rather incorporate the elements of Doom and Death into a wider palette of sounds which they then draw on and use to create a unified effect. A refreshing and affecting album that fans of the genre should not miss.
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