Autumn, saddest of all seasons, where life and nature is slowly decaying all around us in preparation of the dreadful, longest and most vicious time of the year, the senseless natural disaster, winter...
...And We Are Falling Leaves is the re-mastered / re-issued version of Autumn´s debut that came out in 1997. It was given a better sound production and two live recordings as bonus tracks, never released before material which will appeal to the fan of the bands. Autumn is the closest season to doom and one could easily be absorbed in the beautiful sadness contained in the artwork of the booklet. Just by looking at the cover, we are already getting lost into the deep and mysterious forest. ...And We Are Falling Leaves is a Doom Metal opus made by a young Russian band. Slow paced, sadly melodic compositions with a nice balance between calm melodic breaks and the more crushing and heavy moments of the genre. Male clean vocals vs. harsher tones can be heard. More leaning towards the spoken style, the vocals are not always precise and can be distractive at times but, somehow they do fit the overall mood. Contrastingly, the female back vocals are so pure and beautiful. We can hear clean echoing arpeggios, like in the intros for instances, while ambient keyboard parts add that harmonious touch quite often. In the more muscled passages, appropriate harsh vocals give their best performance.
I would be curious to find out how Autumn have matured, and if they took their talent to the next level. Amongst the good numbers can be found: "The Druid Autumn", "Fall Man", "Gods" and "Bottomless..."
3,75/5 Pagan Shadow - The Metal Crypt zine