Black Autumn are a 1 man band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays an ambient form of black metal with elements of doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Losing The Sun" which will be released in September by Rain Without End Records.
A very dark, atmospheric and ambient sound starts off the album before going into a heavy and melodic doom metal direction along with the leads and solos taking the same out as the riffing and after awhile grim black metal screams start becoming a huge part of the recording along with some keyboards in certain sections of the recording.
Ambient elements are a huge part of this album and they mix in with the heavier parts at times as well as the guitar riffing bringing in more raw and black metal traces and the vocals also have a depressive feeling to them at times and clean and acoustic guitar playing can also be heard at times bring more of a post rock edge to the recording and they bring in a more progressive side to the artist's musical style.
As the album progresses there are some psychedelic and electronic music elements being mixed in with the more ambient side of the recording and after awhile a small amount of blast beats are added into the music when the guitars start adding in a brief use of fast riffing while the main focus is on a slow dark metal musical style and one of the later tracks also sees a few seconds of spoken word parts being utilized as some of the songs on the album are very long and epic in length.
Black Autumn remains true to his mixture of dark ambient, black and doom metal as well as adding in more melody this time around and showing a great amount of progress on the guitars and keyboards which also have more of an organic feeling this time around, the production has a very dark, raw and heavy sound while the lyrics cover dark, poetic and melancholic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Autumn and if you are a fan of this project, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Losing The Sun" "From Whence We Came" and "In The Ruins Of June".