An Autumn For Crippled Children

aafcc_front_1500pxTry Not To Destroy Everything You Love by An Autumn For Crippled Children (Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum)

Based out of the Netherlands, An Autumn For Crippled Children present music as intense as it is enigmatic. Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love is their fourth shimmering magnum opus, with spiraling melodies and harsh vocalizations reeling the listener in to the bleakness at hand. Those into the shoegazing tapestries of bands such as Ride and Catherine Wheel will surely thrill to the lavish soundscapes at hand while black metal enthusiasts will revel within the grim lyrical entreaties. As depressive as the title would indicate, Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love will linger within your psyche long after the disc spins to its dazzling conclusion.

Autumn Again is the grand commencement, a track that manages to be melancholy and epic all at the same time – enveloping your senses for the emotional devastation ahead. The Woods Are On Fire is an icy composition with a grim atmospheric wall of sound that is staggering to behold. Never Complete is vast and depressive, an exploration into the world of a frantic soul looking for accomplishment in a lost world.

The title cut Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love starts off with a haunting keyboard reprieve before exploding into a cacophony of exquisite desperation. Hearts Of Light soars into orbit with its unforgiving symphonic reveries. A journey then transpires through the Sepia Mountains Of Her Lament, shadowy and absolutely epic in scope.

Closer is a grand slam with its ultrasonic dynamics transporting you into a world of mystery and intrigue. Avoiding Winter is a standout cut with its deceptively warm overture merging into the darkest of frozen nightmares. Starlit Spirits then float through your speakers and into the dark recesses of your mind, followed by the grand finale – the deceptively titled Quiet Evenings that pummels your senses with its sonic vibrancy.

Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love is an ambitious collection of bleak yet spiraling masterworks that will captivate your senses. Fans of Alcest and Swervedriver should especially uncover the vast and gripping testaments of darkness and despair.  Destined to an all-out underground classic for those who demand their metal filled with imagination and anguish.

(Review by Ken Morton)

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