An Autumn For Crippled Children - Everything (2011)
Sorry if you read this one before but this album will feature in my Top 5 of the year, or won't be far to be in, since there are on it some fantastic tracks (eg, "Forever Never Fails", "Nothing / Everything"). This band received some very severe critics and despises from black metallers who listen to music through their narrow-minded classification, and since it's actually not true black metal (but to lie to classification is something every musician should tend to) and even not really black metal, they can't appreciate the extraordinary beauty of this music when the band reaches the peak of it's style (cos' there are some weaknesses, notably the use of some synth-sounding keyboards not very inspired). Based on a style developped by Celest and early Katatonia, they take it to a higher level since it's never repetitive, boring or self-indulgent and since melodies are most of the times present and interesting. Of course, Xasthur's influence is also easy to detect, and Sigur Ros, Echo &the Bunnymen, the Cure and so many more. What's important is that AAFCC make all this theirs and offer a great piece of work that you'll play over and over again as I do for the last days. Quite different from their previous (and first album), more solar, more heavenlish than hellish, it's still a music to hang oneself on, don't be afraid. You can really feel to fly when listening to this record, not a common sensation when, like me, you've listened for so long to music and lost this capacity to be caught by music that we all have more easily younger. From Nederland, this is a band that'll make our year less boring for sure. Enjoy it here and then don't forget to buy the LP, these bands need support to go on and enchant our lives. Their myspace here.