The Autumn Offering The Autumn Offering
The Autumn Offering - The Autumn Offering
Released: August 31, 2010 Victory
This Daytona Beach, Florida-based quintetÃ¢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 theyÃ¢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 arenÃ¢â¬â¢t just ripping off Pantera). Frontman Matt McChesney's clean vocals (as heard on Ã¢â¬ÅExhale The LocustsÃ¢â¬Â and Ã¢â¬ÅMyriad BlackÃ¢â¬Â) are a definite weak point, a trick the band should have tossed from their repertoire. But the Swedish-style melodic riffing on Ã¢â¬ÅMyriad BlackÃ¢â¬Â is pretty swell, and the keyboards that come in toward the end of Ã¢â¬ÅBloodlustÃ¢â¬Â are a nice touch, too. Overall, this is a gutsy clenched fist of an album thatÃ¢â¬â¢ll make for excellent headbanging behind the wheel.