As Autumn Calls are a band from Canada that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style I would describe as being and atmospheric form of doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Cold, Black and Everlasting" which was released by Rain Without End Records.
"Haunted" begins with some soft keyboard playing which leads up to some melodic guitar leads with a dark atmosphere in the background as well as some drums and then the deep death metal growls make their way into the song along with some high pitched screams that have a black metal feeling to them and then the heaviness stops for awhile and acoustic guitars make their way into the song along with some finger picking and full chords and you can also hear some bass guitars before the melodic clean singing vocals make their presence known in the song which leads up to the music getting heavy again, while also keeping the melody and bringing back the growls and screams and towards the end there is a brief use of spoken word parts.
"Black Night Silent" begins with some melodic leads and soft acoustic guitar playing and a few seconds later the bass, drums and melodic vocals start kicking in and after a couple of minutes the music starts getting alot more powerful and halfway into thew song the music gets heavy and adds in some growls and screams.
"Those Doleful Shades" begins with some melodic guitar riffs, atmospheric keyboards which leads to some growls a few seconds later and after a couple of minutes there is a brief use of melodic guitar leads and solos being utilized before adding in some clean and acoustic guitars for a few seconds and then getting heavy again as well as keeping around the melodic elements and then the song starts switching back and forth between acoustic and distorted parts.
"The Light Which No Longer Shines" begins with some melodic guitar leads and drums along with some bass guitars and deep growls a few seconds later and after awhile the music starts adding in atmospheric elements, rhythm guitars and screams and towards the end there is a brief use of melodic chanting and clean guitars.
"Darkness Reflected" begins with some spoken word parts, melodic guitar leads, bass and drums which lead up to the vocals adding in grim elements, screams and growls as well as a brief use of melodic vocals and then rhythm guitar riffs make their way into the song, as the song moves on the guitar leads start coming in and out.
"Darkness Confined" begins with some acoustic guitar playing along with some melodic and distorted leads a few seconds later and a minute later the drums start kicking in, as the song moves on powerful bass guitars make their presence known in the song before going into some heavy guitar riffs which then leads to some growls and screams and the song closes with a very aggressive sounding guitar solo and mid paced riffing.
"Darkness Everlasting" begins with some acoustic guitars and folk instruments and a few seconds heavy guitar riffs and leads along with some bass , drums and growls make their way into t he song along with some screams a few seconds later and as time goes by you can hear some background atmospheric keys.
Song lyrics cover dark and depressive themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from As Autumn Calls and if you are a fan of atmospheric doom/death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Haunted" "The Light Which No Longer Shines" and "Darkness Everlasting". RECOMMENDED BUY.