An Autumn For Crippled Children
Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
02 December 2013
Returning with their fourth full-length and continuing to ride upon the hipster’s coat tails of black metal’s post-Wolves-In-The-Throne-Room circuit are Dutch trio, An Autumn for Crippled Children.
With Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love, the band are intent on carving something far more personable and genuine than their past releases; they are attempting something that can be seen as a career-defining moment. It opens in typically soaring fashion, ‘Autumn Again’ transcends a typically epic-sounding template crescendo, opting for more subtle sustain and release formula. The guitars breathe and the cavernous rhythms stapling the albums’ pace in fair fashion and elements of electronica and synth populate with panache. Sure, whilst their character was grounded and defined enough for black metal aficionados to take notice on last years’ Only An Ocean Knows, tracks like ‘Never Complete’ and the album’s eponymous centrepiece are warmly welcome additions to their catalogue of lush, forlorn pastiche. On Try Not… you’ll hear a more airy AAFCC; a band focussed more on hypnotic melancholia and less on cardboard cut-out misery.
Whilst it’s tempting to lazily hyperbolise the album’s shoegaze elements, the labyrinthine nature of Try Not… is more shoemaze than shogaze. This record can be intensely and surprisingly beautiful in places – if only it delivered track-by-track instead of wondrous spots of magnificent amongst the beige. Deafheaven have paved a healthy resurgence of interest in the artsy post-BM schtick, and the bar is set high, perhaps too high for Try Not… to be nuzzled in the same league.
Sounds Like: something you’d enjoy once your wank-load for Deafheaven’s Sunbather had depleted
Standout Tracks: Autumn Again, Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love