The Needle Drop

An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love

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An Autumn For Crippled Children, yes, that's this band's name. I'm being serious.

I know, you probably don't find the name that strange. You probably also don't find it strange that they're a black metal-influenced rock outfit from the Netherlands. Their latest album title seems like a sound piece of advice, though: Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love. The album art seems a little unorthodox for this style of music as well, but we're post-Sunbather now, right?

While the saturated and slightly lo-fi production on this record brings a harsh aura to the songs here, the melodies and instrumentation are pretty triumphant and beautiful much of the time. There's plenty of strings and keyboards tucked away underneath all of the brittle guitar distortion as well. The sounds all bleed into one another, creating a sharp drone--a lot like on the track "never complete." And the details don't stop there.

While this collection of songs does have a slightly demo-ish feel, the band's ideas impress enough to warrant deeper listens. Enjoy!