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  • Jason Hesley


Long running atmospheric black metal band AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN have today announced the release of their upcoming album, Closure, due out on August 4 via Prosthetic Records. Alongside the album announcement, the Dutch group has also shared Closure's lead single, Where pain begins.

LISTEN TO WHERE PAIN BEGINS BELOW. Stream Where pain beginsvia Apple Music | TIDAL | Deezer | Bandcamp and Spotify Pre-order Closure here.

Speaking on Closure's announcement, MCHL (guitars, vocals, keys) comments: "Album number ten and fourteen years in existence. Nobody in the band would have guessed in their wildest dreams that we would make it this far, it's been a wild and emotional ride. We've poured every moment of happiness and sadness into this band.

"This tenth album feels like a closure, like an end of something. Ten is a kind of magic number, isn’t it? It feels like the end of an era, the end of the road. Nothing can last forever. Melancholic, bittersweet emotions, awe, lost memories, faded lives, forgotten pasts... it all comes together on this album."

In the fifteen years since their 2008 inception AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN have become a staple act in both black metal and shoegaze circles, delivering hauntingly evocative missives of introspective, yearning and sorrow alike. On Closure, the Dutch band continues to push the sonic template of their disparate influences to its limits, resulting in a sound that nurtures their ethereal sensibilities as much as their wall of sound approach to the genre’s more extreme inclinations.

Recorded by the band between September 2021 and May 2022 in the Netherlands, Closure’s production spotlights the trio’s complex melodies with an accomplished sheen without compromising on the staple lo-fi elements of AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN’s foundational intensity.

On their latest full-length, AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN’s well trodden themes of loss, love, and self-actualisation continue to be expanded on in depth with an all too human ache permeating throughout. Well over a decade into their existence, primary songwriter MCHL’s vessel for melancholia and catharsis remains as poignant and vital to the modern atmospheric black metal canon as ever.

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