Written by Zax
- Autumn Nostalgie – “Ataraxia”
- Melodic Black Metal from Slovakia
- Released on October 21st, 2021 via Northern Silence Productions
I haven’t reviewed any black metal for Noob Heavy since June. That’s kind of lame huh? I’ve noticed that 2021 has had a lot less in the way of stellar black metal, or maybe I’ve just been listening to less of it, either way, this record is a breath of fresh air.
Autumn Nostalgie is a melodic black metal band based out of Slovakia, and this is their sophomore effort. They actually go for a very melancholic mixture of black metal and ambient that makes for the perfect soundtrack to a cold winter morning.
It’s not a particularly brutal or fast record, instead they opt for a more doom-ladden approach which really drives home those melodies and riffs. They build up some fantastic atmosphere that way, it’s a very frigid, mysterious experience. The screams are also packed with emotion, making for an intense, impactful performance.
As I mentioned, there’s also a good bit of ambient thrown on here. It’s actually very soothing and meditative in tone, which breaks up the soaring full band moments very nicely. As a big fan of both extreme metal and ambient, it’s always a treat for me when the two collide in a concrete way.
This album is going for a very specific vibe, and i think that vibe will appeal to many of our readers. It’s an enjoyable, yet somber listen overall.