An Autumn for Crippled Children - All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet (2020)


Being one of the best Post-Black Metal/Blackgaze bands in the world, we were quite impressed and glad at the same time that An Autumn fo Crippled Children is now on a ‘bigger’ label like Prosthetic Records. With the potential to reach a broader set of audiences, “All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet” is one the band's most exciting releases to date. Featuring ten songs and nearly 40 minutes of captivating music filled with dreamy atmospherics and contrasting harsh vocals.

The release starts with the lush “I Became You”, which sets a very melancholic backdrop to this release. The distinctive metallic textured guitars nicely weave back and forth Post-Rocky interludes and tempo changes as we can hear in “Water’s Edge” and “Everlasting”. While you can recognize some Alcest-like and Deafheaven-esque elements in the band’s sound, they have been refining their signature style through their eight full-length releases.

Crafting a very emotionally charged atmosphere, the band's use of keyboards nicely accentuates tracks like “Silver” and “None More Pale” with very melodramatic undertones. Delivering a very powerful haze, the band’s craftiness allows them to change tempos and moods very effectively as they demonstrate on the superb album title track. Another underrated aspect of the band’s sound is the throbbing bass guitar line that permeates songs like “Carving Silence” from start to end.

As a whole, “All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet” is one of the best releases that the band has put out to date. An Autumn for Crippled Children is an outfit that continues to evolve and refine their imposing sound with each release and with this one they show clear refinement and sophistication. If you are tired of the same Post-Black Metal/Blackgaze bands that all sound alike, give these guys a try as their immersive sound will captivate you from start to end.

Band: An Autumn for Crippled Children Album: All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet

Label: Prosthetic Records

Release: May 1st, 2020

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Genre: Post-Black Metal / Blackgaze

Country: Netherlands

Rating: 94/100

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