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Perdition Diaries - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
Every Sun Is Fragile - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


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Every Sun Is Fragile

Every Sun Is Fragile
(Pulverised Records - 2013)


It's been quite awhile since we heard from Autumnblaze, but now they are back with Every Sun Is Fragile. The German melancholy rockers are kicking off with Opening which leads you into New Ghosts In Town. Again Autumnblaze spice up their melancholy rock with fast noisy guitar parts and once in awhile with some growls. But there are passages which you can just describe with fragile next to blackened parts. Once more Autumnblaze take you onto a sonic journey with German and English lyrics. The first German song is Im Spiegel which has more heavy parts than fragile passages. Mein Engel, der aus Augen fließt is mixing both languages and some lines are a bit cheesy. But on the other hand don't you expect ballads to be cheesy? The title track Every Sun Is Fragile is summing up what the new album is about. Let Autumnblaze take you on a melancholy ride and enjoy it!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Perdition Diaries

Perdition Diaries
(Prophecy Productions - 2009)


Autumnblaze is back! Mastermind Eldron revived Autumnblaze and with the new album Perdition Diaries they are kinda travel back in time, back to the days Autumnblaze started - at least partly.... The trio kicks off with Wir sind was wir sind, a dark rocker based on heavy riffs. The riffing and the melody of this gothic metal tune reminds me a bit of Paradise Lost at Draconian Times... Autumnblaze lack the catchy hooks and the vocals are tending a bit towards blackened death metal. Eldron doesn't have the intensity of Nick Holmes'. But the vocals are more desperate... With Who Are You? they change musically a bit and offer a slow, atmospheric tune with clean vocals. The song make more think of Tiamat (Wildhoney era) then Anathema who often be used as a reference. Then they surprise the listener with a short heavy part. For I Had To Burn This Fucking Kingdom they speed up and present a black metal tune. They vary in speed and so you also get some mid-paced part, before they storm off again. One of my favorites is Empty House, another slow atmospheric tune. Even if they speed up a bit later and so the song becomes a mid-paced anthem-like track. Very cool! The piano-based tune Ways is solemn, for some it's probably a bit too much... After the gothic metal tune The Forge they present the closer - Saviour. The riff-based fast one is a dark metal tune with a dash of black metal, but the song has twists and turns. Another one I recommend to check out!
It seems somehow that Autumnblaze don't know which way to turn... If they go back to their blackish metal roots or if they want to stick to doomy dark metal. And that's probably what makes it more difficult for metalheads to get into the album. This mix is taking you on a roller coaster ride. Check out the first 3 songs and you know what to expect from Perdition Diaries.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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