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Autumn Hour – Dethroned

August 28, 2009

Label: Rock Ridge Music
Rating: 3 Guns

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Autumn Hour

Written By: Shaun Tapia

As far as debut albums are concerned, one rarely knows what to expect. You have an equal opportunity of hearing something dreadful as you do finding gold. Not the metallic, chemical element mind you, but an album that reeks of the closest ties to perfection. More often than not the album falls somewhere in the middle, slightly leaning toward the former, which, is “unperfectly” acceptable. Who expects perfection anymore anyway? With Autumn Hour’s freshman album, “Dethroned”, they do just that. Finding a comfortable place somewhere in the middle of that opinionated scale, they set up shop, and allow moments of their record truly shine. 

While the quality of the songs recorded were not professional by any means, this distracts you in no way from their music. Certain points in each song stand out as clear highlights, and they could not come at better times. Whenever it seems that a song has been dragging on a fair bit too long, guarantee a change will come not moments too late. When listening to the album, I could clearly hear the influence of bands prior, and yet a distinct air of originality remains. 

The album as a whole is a concept, taken from a book written by one of the members. If this fact alone does not sell you that this is a band who is trying something outside of the norm, then I just never know what will. Each song flows perfectly into the next, both lyrically and musically, and should be listened to as a whole. If it is normal to skip from song to song on certain albums, this is definitely one that you might need to break that habit with. 

All in all, the CD is a decent piece of work. It is catchy in the places it needs to be, powerful when the situation calls for it, and wonderfully put together. While some of the songs still fall into that middle category between amazing and dirt, so does most everything else coming out today. Overall, decent debut album from a band that has the capability to create something much more wonderful. Three out of Five stars ought to do it. Like Autumn Hour? Check out Isis and Testament.

Autumn Hour

August 25, 2009

Alan Tecchio (lead vocals), Justin Jurman (guitar/vocals), Clint Arent (bass), and Dave Lescinsky (drums/vocals) joined forces in the spring of 2008 to form Autumn Hour. Since that time the band has been on a creative journey that has culminated in their fierce and dynamic debut recording: “dethroned.”

The origins of the band can be traced back to the summer of 2003 when Tecchio and Jurman wrote about a dozen somber, acoustic songs together. It took until 2008, but eventually these songs morphed into a group dynamic with the addition of Lescinsky and Arent. The quartet deconstructed some of the 2003 material and also wrote new, heavier songs. The results transcend genre but the majority of the songs have strong metal music roots.

At the same time, “dethroned” is an album that boasts many textures, tones and ideas. A concept CD, the premise of the story is based around ideas developed by Ray Kurzweil in his ground-breaking book “The Singularity Is Near.” Taking forward-thinking concepts like strong artificial intelligence, exponential technological development, and nanotechnology, AH has woven their own shadowy, sorrowful tale of a potential future.

“dethroned” is a songbook of utter, worldwide devastation, and an aftermath in which technology tries to save the human race from extinction. The story is told in three parts: Part I: Singularity In The Making, Part II: Endgame, and Part III: The Machine Kind. The crushingly clear sound of this musical tale was devised through the keen production talents of Jon “Jonny Rod” Ciorciari (Exodus, Six Foot Sissy, Forman, Sicks Deep). Ciorciari helmed the tracking and mixing of “dethroned” at his J-Rod Productions facility in New City, New York. He perfectly captured the dark, haunting, and, at times, brutal moods of the story itself.

A U T U M N H O U R : The Players

Autumn Hour as individuals have been involved with the recording, touring and teaching aspects of the music industry for many years. Vocalist Alan Tecchio forged his career touring and recording seven CDs with 80’s thrash/power metalheads Hades, two of which also featured Lescinsky on drums. Alan did one CD with the unique, progressive Texas act WatchTower as well, and he fronted the doom/power band Non-Fiction touring the world and releasing three CDs with them in the early 90’s.

It was through Non-Fiction that Alan met Justin, as their bands had played a number of shows together. Alan recorded two CDs in 2005 and 2007 with Seven Witches, which is how Clint Arent came into the fold, since he had recorded and played out with that band. Arent also plays in Metal Mike’s Painmuseum. Musically speaking outside of AH, both Clint (School of Rock) and Justin (privately) have a background teaching music, and Dave owns two rehearsal studios and practices ceaselessly. Alan just hums, screams and whistles to himself a lot. We’re not sure what’s up with that.

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Autumn Hour – Fade Out

August 19, 2009

Download “Fade Out” by Autumn Hour
Off “Dethroned” from Rock Ridge Music
Sounds like: Alice in Chains, Dust For Life