If there has been one band over the years that I am consitantly excited for new material from, it is An Autumn For Crippled Children, a post-black metal/shoegaze band from the Netherlands. This band has released either an EP or a full-length album every year since 2010 and I have loved every single song. AAFCC over the years has either stayed consistant or risen above my expectations with each release.
Starting around 2016’s Eternal, the band started expanding their sound a bit to incorporate some electronic elements, which shouldn’t deter you because they are an interesting part of the bands sound now and are never overwhelming. This come in to play on the first track from the bands latest offering The Light Of September. The title track opener drives a steady pace of screamo-tinged shoegaze. As we move into “New Hope,” we open up into more of a post-rock-styled track but with MXM’s signature wretched vocal delivery.
“Hiding In The Dark” opens with an eerie intro and then immediately bursts into a storm of everything I love about AAFCC. The electronic elements flourish here and drive but do not overtake the song as a whole. “Lovelorn” is an odd track that almost felt like a filler until close to the two-minute mark when it picks up and begins its ascent. This song is beautiful and moving and sits wonderfully as an instrumental int he middle of this album.
“Fragility” begins with a soft piano intro that builds to life as the track slowly picks up around the two-minute mark. This track shows similarities to Deafheaven in it’s execution. This track is stunningly executed. “The Silence Inside” has an odd vibe right from the start. It’s tempo and tone are both strange and kinda stand out against the rest of this already varied album. Once the track comes to fruition, it does pick up a bit, but the tone is still just strange to me.
“A New Day” kinda erupts right out of the back-end of the previous track. Again, an odd choice although I like this track more than the previous one. This song is slower and melodic, which had me zoning out and losing focus on my writing. That’s a good sign I think. It’s not super surprising that the most ferocious, and for that matter my favorite, track is the final track on the album. “Still Dreaming” is a full throw back to the bands early material which thrills me to no end. It’s driving, mid-paced and extremely melancholic. So, yeah. An Autumn For Crippled Children have done it again.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Label: ConSouling Sounds
Favorite Tracks: “Fragility,” “Still Dreaming”
For fans: Lantlos, Deafheaven, Violet Cold