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The Autumn Offering

The Autumn Offering: Embrace the GutterEmbrace the Gutter (2006)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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If I didn't know any better, I'd bet a fair amount that the Autumn Offering put a different track listing and a different album art on Revelations of the Unsung and just called it a day. Their second release of 2006 (technically Revelations was a reissue, but it's kind of a moot point) finds the fiv.
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If I didn't know any better, I'd bet a fair amount that the Autumn Offering put a different track listing and a different album art on Revelations of the Unsung and just called it a day. Their second release of 2006 (technically Revelations was a reissue, but it's kind of a moot point) finds the five-piece in much the same place they were previously left, if not a bit more uninspired.

Taking the same route as countless of their metalcore peers, they've decided to change little nothing from their sound and just change the album name. Embrace the Gutter is the newest foray into the ever-interesting metalcore arena and I feel the same way about the band as I did some months earlier. Heavy on talent -- short on direction. I didn't find so much a problem with it on their debut, because well, it was a debut. I didn't go in expecting a band with a fully realized vision.

To be fair, I didn't expect a fully realized vision here either, but what I did expect was a step up. An improvement. Anything to show me that their increased tenure as a band had given them additional avenues to try out, maybe the incorporation of some new and enriching elements to round out the sound of a genre on the heavy decline. All's said and done though, and despite looking intently, I found none of that. I found two guitarists, Matt Johnson and Tommy Church, with all the skill in the world. I found slick solos and extremely intricate progressions, and in those I also found a rut. Those two men do have the skill and the knowledge to create something interesting, but this type of music limits them greatly. Still, songs like "Ghost" put their abilities on full display, with the mid-tempo rhythm leading right into some really impressive clean chord progressions. They do, when they want to, have the ability and vision to create something musically impressive, but songs like the followup, "Misery" sees the band chugging along while Dennis Miller's deep growls plod along the top of everything.

Miller is one of the cogs in this band that stifles things to an absolute halt. Be it through a lack of ability or lack of desire to push himself further, his inflections are boring and seem to sap, not add life to the music. This is where it becomes tough to tell whether or not he could really branch out and diversify his delivery, or if he's just perfectly content with being mediocre.

It's unfortunate that some talented members of this band are relegated to nothing more than the doldrums and double bass. It's clear this band is capable of more, but this is an unfortunate regression where they had the chance to actually spread their wings.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
damnitsderek (February 3, 2007)

"Embrace the Gutter"?

Wow.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

Bands with the word "Autumn" in their name can hug my dick. Embrace THAT.

-Ken

m-oo (February 2, 2007)

Whats going on?? A Victory band not reviewed by crazytoledo? Something smells fishy...

LaredoKid (February 2, 2007)

Nothing going on here,looks like I'll be listening to Rust In Peace again today.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

Dennis Miller's in this band?

Man, I bet this band makes Chaucer look like Kierkegaard.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

saw these guys open for sick of it all and they actually were pretty good on stage.
musics sort of mediocore though.

android (February 2, 2007)

what a lame band name.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

thirst

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