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Review: An Autumn for Crippled Children - Lost
An Autumn for Crippled Children

Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2010
Duration: 50:24
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)

With a name like this, I was expecting a dreary gloom trudge of an album, but this mysterious and uncommunicative band is not what they appear to be at first glance, and the very first song will disabuse you of any notion that this will be either boring or wussy. Despite their unwieldy name that is like a parody of a Doom Metal name, An Autumn for Crippled Children have conjured up a powerful, involving debut album.

This is very much in the vein of other suicidal Black Metal bands like older Xasthur or Forgotten Tomb, filled with a thick, encompassing wave of guitar harmonies adorned with a frozen tone that makes the music like flickers of fire on a glacier by night. These songs are huge and dense, dripping with haunting melodies and backed by cold bellowing vocals all mixed together like a freezing wave of sound. There are touches here and there of ambient or post-rock music, but just little bites that help give you a rest before the thundering crush of the riffs comes back in. Tunes like "A Dire Faith" and the powerful "Ghost Light" haunt me, but I really found myself entertained and involved throughout this disc. There is a tremendous amount crammed into each song, and no one composition has time to get boring as they flow continuously from melody to harmony, from riff to interlude and another riff. This is an album that sweeps you up and carries you along, never stopping or even really slowing down.

I was predisposed to hate this, or at least be bored with it, but Lost is nothing like what I thought it would be. This is powerful Blackened Doom that is both oppressive and uplifting. An album of marvelous depth, resonance, and texture that fans of doomy or melancholic music absolutely should not miss.

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