The Autumn Offering The Autumn Offering
The Autumn Offering - The Autumn Offering
Released: August 31, 2010 Victory
This Daytona Beach, Florida-based quintetĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s fifth full-length announces its lack of subtlety right off the bat, with cover art depicting some kind of demonic raven gripping a pentagram in its claws. That the album itself consists of churning, downtuned metal riffs, genuinely impressive guitar solos and muscleheaded roaring should surprise absolutely no one, whether or not theyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve been fans all along. Musically, the group fall somewhere between Avenged Sevenfold at their crunchiest and Bleeding Through or maybe Throwdown (when Throwdown arenĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t just ripping off Pantera). Frontman Matt McChesney's clean vocals (as heard on Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Exhale The LocustsĂ˘â‚¬Âť and Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Myriad BlackĂ˘â‚¬Âť) are a definite weak point, a trick the band should have tossed from their repertoire. But the Swedish-style melodic riffing on Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Myriad BlackĂ˘â‚¬Âť is pretty swell, and the keyboards that come in toward the end of Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“BloodlustĂ˘â‚¬Âť are a nice touch, too. Overall, this is a gutsy clenched fist of an album thatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ll make for excellent headbanging behind the wheel.