Autumn - Cold Comfort


7.2 | 41 votes |
Release date: 4 November 2011
Style: Symphonic rock, Symphonic metal

Owners:

31 have it
8 want it


01. The Scarecrow
02. Cold Comfort
03. Black Stars In A Blue Sky
04. Retrospect
05. Alloy
06. End Of Sorrow
07. Naeon
08. Truth Be Told (Exhale)
09. The Venamoured
10. Changes For The Bitter [limited edition digipak bonus]
11. The Mute (Inhale) [limited edition digipak bonus]

Staff review by
Doc Godin
Rating:
7.7
Having a girl in your band in the hard-rock/metal world is a strange thing. While it's stopped being groundbreaking ages ago, most record promo sheets try and speak otherwise. It's actually become sort of self-defeating, I mean, much of this promotion uses euphemistic language to basically say "Look! This band has a chick, but that doesn't matter, because she can rock out like the boys can!" A bit hypocritical isn't it? Constantly reminding us of the presence of a female, yet trying to convince us that the quality is the same (or better) despite this. Well, oddly enough, Autumn has to be one of the first female-fronted bands I've reviewed that doesn't use a female front-(wo)man as a marketing point, yet her voice is the most conducive part of this album.

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published 02.12.2011 | Comments (17)

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16.11.2011 - 13:03
Rating: 9
Awesomesaurus

Posts: 68
From: Serbia

A bit weaker than their previous releases.
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16.11.2011 - 21:11
Rating: 7
SceneryOfLoss

Posts: 196
From: Portugal

Written by Awesomesaurus on 16.11.2011 at 13:03

A bit weaker than their previous releases.


I agree... They used to sound quite better :/
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16.11.2011 - 23:31
Rating: 9
Jason W.
Razorbliss

Posts: 3451
From: USA

I find this album a better release than their last one, and therefore their best with Marjan singing. They've moved the lyrics toward a slightly murkier tone, and after the first handful of listens, musically it opens up a lot for me. Perfect rainy November music...
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17.11.2011 - 18:56
Rating: 9
Awesomesaurus

Posts: 68
From: Serbia

Written by Jason W. on 16.11.2011 at 23:31

I find this album a better release than their last one, and therefore their best with Marjan singing. They've moved the lyrics toward a slightly murkier tone, and after the first handful of listens, musically it opens up a lot for me. Perfect rainy November music...


I can agree with the statement that Marjan sounds on Cold Comfort better than ever, but songs are weaker and more oriented to soft/atmo rock than on metal, they need more power and complexity in them cos harmonies are not the problem - they are perfect as always. On this release there are only two songs of Autumns trademark sound: The Venamoured and The Mute (Inhale).
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Always be a poet, even in prose.

A man who wants to lead the whole orchestra - must turn his back to the crowd.
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17.11.2011 - 21:27
Rating: 9
Jason W.
Razorbliss

Posts: 3451
From: USA

Written by Awesomesaurus on 17.11.2011 at 18:56

I can agree with the statement that Marjan sounds on Cold Comfort better than ever, but songs are weaker and more oriented to soft/atmo rock than on metal, they need more power and complexity in them cos harmonies are not the problem - they are perfect as always. On this release there are only two songs of Autumns trademark sound: The Venamoured and The Mute (Inhale).

I can easily see that leaning toward the atmospheric rock side of the spectrum could make the sound less interesting, so maybe this newer style of Autumn is just not as much for you then I like how they are playing atmospheric metal/rock - but written for metal fans, not prog or rock fans. I do feel the biggest factor is the mix in the last two albums, which I find is an attempt to match Marjan's voice, which is more murky and soft by nature, unlike Nienke's. I still find a lot of similarities in this album with My New Time that make it distinctly Autumn, but the mix is so different it makes it feel like a different band at times However, "The Venamoured" is a great choice for older fans to start with - it ends on thick, heavy guitarwork for two minutes, and would be great live!
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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
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17.11.2011 - 22:41
Rating: 9
Awesomesaurus

Posts: 68
From: Serbia

Written by Jason W. on 17.11.2011 at 21:27

Written by Awesomesaurus on 17.11.2011 at 18:56

I can agree with the statement that Marjan sounds on Cold Comfort better than ever, but songs are weaker and more oriented to soft/atmo rock than on metal, they need more power and complexity in them cos harmonies are not the problem - they are perfect as always. On this release there are only two songs of Autumns trademark sound: The Venamoured and The Mute (Inhale).

I can easily see that leaning toward the atmospheric rock side of the spectrum could make the sound less interesting, so maybe this newer style of Autumn is just not as much for you then I like how they are playing atmospheric metal/rock - but written for metal fans, not prog or rock fans. I do feel the biggest factor is the mix in the last two albums, which I find is an attempt to match Marjan's voice, which is more murky and soft by nature, unlike Nienke's. I still find a lot of similarities in this album with My New Time that make it distinctly Autumn, but the mix is so different it makes it feel like a different band at times However, "The Venamoured" is a great choice for older fans to start with - it ends on thick, heavy guitarwork for two minutes, and would be great live!


Well, Autumn can be labeled as gothic metal only if you are very lazy to think outside that box a little bit. For sure their roots lie in that scene and even now the music is slow & romantic in the same time so some gothic metal vibe can be heard but also the music is very relaxed and forsaking any shackles of genre defining. Autumn have branched to some murky/proggy and rock waters (mix/production-vise) to make one very listenable album so if I have to make some comparisons in overall sound - I would pull out their colleges in The Gathering from their less experimental phase (Mandylion) as natural ones. I like Cold Comfort, but that would not change my opinion that it is weaker than Altitude which remains my favorite and groundbreaking one.
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Always be a poet, even in prose.

A man who wants to lead the whole orchestra - must turn his back to the crowd.
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24.11.2011 - 17:40
Rating: 9
BudDa

Posts: 887
From: Uganda

Written by Jason W. on 16.11.2011 at 23:31

I find this album a better release than their last one, and therefore their best with Marjan singing. They've moved the lyrics toward a slightly murkier tone, and after the first handful of listens, musically it opens up a lot for me. Perfect rainy November music...


I feel the same way. Truth be told though, am a huge fan of this band. So, am probably abit biased
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15.12.2011 - 17:30
Rating: 10
Susan
Smeghead

Posts: 6913
From: USA

I am stunned by this album. It's just wonderful

My New Time was my first exposure to Autumn, so I of course found Altitude to be sub-par, a very nice yet sometimes boring release. Yeah, they changed styles and changed vocalists but Altitude just felt really unsure and transitional. It lacked the spark that My New Time had. Well, for my ears Cold Comfort has welcomed in their new era with confidence and they no longer sound in transition. This album blew my mind with its beauty, heavy mood, and subtle harmonies. Excellent composition and performance!

Lovely step forward from Altitude. I love a band that can grow and progress in such a way.
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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15.12.2011 - 20:41
Rating: 4
dark_mar

Posts: 58
From: Poland

I really try to love this album but i couldn't. I have bought it and what can i say: simple, non-memorable songs. Sow them live and they sound much better. I coundn't belive how great band it is when i sow them live. VOCALS Guitars drums...bas- everything was great!! I dont know but maby it is something wrong with production, sound engineer. Maby 10 years before this album would heve been 10/10 (early The Gathering times). Anyway...if i am wrong i will regred these words;)
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15.12.2011 - 20:46
Rating: 10
Susan
Smeghead

Posts: 6913
From: USA

Well, you like what you like, noting wrong with that.

I did find the album memorable. Even after just two listens I was already humming a few of the songs. Now I love it more with each listen
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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15.12.2011 - 20:53
Rating: 4
dark_mar

Posts: 58
From: Poland

Ok so i am wrong. I have feeling that al that music, riffs...i have heard arleady before. Merry Christmas
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20.12.2011 - 07:34
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More

Posts: 4721
From: Hong Kong

Retrospect is probably the most memorable track here :3
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22.12.2011 - 13:16
Rating: 8
Draugen

Posts: 379
From: Sweden

Without a doubt a step in the right direction compared to Altitude which had its moments but was rather bland and forgettable overall. With Cold Comfort however it feels like the band has evolved and improved in just about every aspect.

The album is very calming and oozes with atmosphere while Mirjan does a flawless job with her incredible yet subtle vocals. There is no weak song but some of them are more memorable than others.
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24.12.2011 - 01:22
Rating: 10
Susan
Smeghead

Posts: 6913
From: USA

Written by Ag Fox on 20.12.2011 at 07:34

Retrospect is probably the most memorable track here :3


Perhaps. I'll vote for End of Sorrow. It immediately stuck out since the harmonies are so reminiscent of classic American Gospel or even Appalachian folk music. Not what I thought Autumn would be playing with. It's the chord progressions and, actually, the way the lines resolve more than anything. I think that's why it keeps feeling like a nice little surprise even throughout the song.

So End of Sorrow and Retrospect I'd say are the most "memorable" but then there is also Naeon which may be the best of the "higher energy" tracks. AND then there is Truth Be Told which gets all jazzy for a second about half way through. Too many nice surprises in this one. I'm so damn pleased.
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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24.12.2011 - 02:22
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More

Posts: 4721
From: Hong Kong

Written by Susan on 24.12.2011 at 01:22

Written by Ag Fox on 20.12.2011 at 07:34

Retrospect is probably the most memorable track here :3

Too many nice surprises in this one. I'm so damn pleased.
well yes, the whole package is just very well done (=
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12.01.2012 - 16:53
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict

Posts: 882
From: Russia

To be honest, I never liked this band before, but i heard all of their previous albums. That's why I was surprised after listening to "Cold Comfort". Sometimes it reminds me of The Gathering of various periods of their musical evolution, sometimes even of Madder Mortem. Therefore, given that I love those two bands too much, I couldn't help falling in love with this album. Despite all this, surely the band's isn't trying to be a copycat, and they don't appear as one - one can hear that Autumn, if haven't still developed their unique kind of sound, are on the way to achieving that goal.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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