"Perdition Diaries" (Prophecy; 2009)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Autumnblaze have quite the history. I won’t repeat it here, but it sounds like the trials and tribulations of the main members of Autumnblaze have forged stronger ties and a renewed dedication to the unique sound that they produce.

The band declares Dissection, Katatonia, Naglfar, Rapture, Anathema, and Paradise Lost to be main influences. A quick listen to “Perdition Diaries” proves that the band’s self-proclaimed influences are indeed spot on. For the most part, Autumnblaze rely on a broad swath of black metal’s strongest points while incorporating melody via melancholy (not symphony) for a fresh approach to the stalwart genre. Autumnblaze are diverse enough to step away from black metal to strike out other musical ground making for a fairly diverse album in a genre generally known for its lack of it.

“Perdition Diaries” is an impressive return to form for Autumnblaze. Here’s hoping they build on this particular success.

“Perdition Diaries” was produced by Autumnblaze.

Autumnblaze is Eldron on vocals and guitar and Arisjel on drums and backing vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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