They Say :- Dutch heavy rock collective Autumn make a return to the front line this November with their new album, Cold Comfort. This is the band’s fifth full-length effort, their third for Metal Blade Records. It offers a collection of striking songs blended into a diverse and yet surprisingly compact album, one that Autumn considers to be their most personal and meaningful to date. With a strong and solid lineup, the band thrives on the wealth of experiences drawn from recording and touring during the campaign for the previous album, Altitude. It inspired the six musicians to focus on further enriching and expanding both their songwriting and sound for Cold Comfort.
We Say :- This album for me was a strange one. It’s not a bad album by any means, but it didn’t fit into my comfort zone. That said, I’m never afraid to try something different, so I thought I’d persevere with it to see if it would grow on me.
It has won me over as a matter of fact. It’s a very heavy album overall, and for that reason can seem a little heavy going with tons of heavy rock, but there are some very proggy moments. The female vocals are haunting at times, and they add to a heavy atmosphere. I’m very confused as to where to put this album in terms of genre, but that in it’s self is a good thing. To be able to go against the grain and shy away from anyone being able to stick a label on you is a remarkable achievement.
Musically, the album seems very tight and listening to it is a journey in itself. It’ll take you places you may not have been before. The ballads on this album are stunning, with stripped back sound and this is where the vocals really excel. The sound is almost mesmerising. I also picked up many a nod to others, especially Pink Floyd and The Doors.
Personally, I think that over all this is a good album, but it’s something I would have to be in the right mood to listen to. It’s not something I would put on to relax after a hard day, or just to chill out but one thing is for certain though, I will listen to it again.
I guess it’s good to broaden your horizons, and Cold Comfort is a pretty good place to start.