Artist:  Autumn
   Title: Cold Comfort
   Label: Metal Blade Records

This is the fifth album from the Dutch heavy rock collective Autumn, a diverse album with influences and additions from many sub-genres.  The mainly melodic heavy rock is propelled by the awesome voice of their female vocalist Marjan, with her two male back-up providing a deeper, richer sound, reminiscent of early Nightwish. 

The mix of genres can be seen in the different styles some of the songs are performed in, especially the differentiation between 'The Scarecrow' and 'Cold Comfort'.  However, this doesn't detract from the beauty and brilliance of the performance.  The songs that seem to mesh better, however, are those that are more melodic than heavy, which further showcases Marjan's voice. 

The ethereal feel to the album also emphasises the similarity to Nightwish, although this is rhythmically not figuratively, and this doesn't detract from the sheer brilliance of it as an album in its own right.  This would be the sort of metal to listen to either when spending time with one you love or after a break-up, primarily because of how the music sounds. 

Favourite tracks at the moment include 'Black Stars In A Blue Sky', which manages to perfectly mesh both the melodic and the metallic as a backdrop to her simply beautiful voice.  'Alloy's' introduction uses Jan's talents as a pianist to introduce another simple, yet well thought out song.  Although none of the songs are truly memorable, in a way they do meld into one, the album is brilliantly mixed and shows all the talents of a well-meshed band.

Review by: Kerry H

Tracklisting:

1. The Scarecrow
2. Cold Comfort
3. Black Stars In A Blue Sky
4. Retrospect
5. Alloy
6. End Of Sorrow
7. Naoen
8. Truth Be Told (Exhale)
9. The Venamoured

                   

 

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