The Autumn Offering : The Autumn Offering
Although every new line-up of this Florida-based act has helped influence the direction they’ve taken on each of their four albums in the past, The Autumn Offering have remained, for the most part, a metalcore act.
Although every new line-up of this Florida-based act has helped influence the direction they’ve taken on each of their four albums in the past, The Autumn Offering have remained, for the most part, a metalcore act. This time around the band have taken a slightly different tact, embracing the melodic death metal side of their sound to bolster their metalcore foundation. And as you expect, like most that have tried to make the same leap, The Autumn Offering’s latest effort comes across as a good idea, but misses with its limited scope on the song writing front.
After the obligatory introductory piece (Cotton Shooter), the album gets underway with Synapse. While fast paced and heavy, the song isn’t anything too revolutionary or groundbreaking as a whole, and Matt McChesney’s vocal efforts seem to take away rather than add to the whole experience with his efforts to keep in with the heavy handed feel of the song itself.
Born Dead does stand out a little more with the inclusion of some harmonic lead work and the slight hint of melody within the choruses, but the song still falls foul of the pitfalls of the former track.
It isn’t until Exhale The Locusts that the band finally provide something substantial on the album, and surprisingly enough, it’s a song that’s more metalcore than melodic death metal. Perhaps it’s because the band aren’t trying too hard to be different, or maybe they’re more familiar with what they can do rather than can’t, but either way, the song is one of the few winners found on the album.
From here, it’s a real mixed bag of an effort, with the brutal punch of Viral, the more melodically inclined Death Mask and the slightly more adventurous Myriad Black standing out amongst the pack.
In the end, The Autumn Offering is ok, but hardly the kind of release that’s about to stand out amongst similar releases from within the metalcore/melodic death metal scene. If you’re a fan, then you’ll no doubt like it. If you’re not, then don’t expect it to blow you away.