Saturday, July 11, 2009

Every Shirt CII: Autumn Above

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shirt: Autumn Above
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2008
provenance: band

It's been a while since a shirt came up in this round where there could be a legitimate debate as to whether the band involved is metal or not. In this case, though, the definitional boundaries are wide enough to bring Autumn Above in, especially since there's no pre-established heaviness filter or anything. For now, at least, their Jester Race-era In-Flames-borrowings, tendency to write an Opeth break whenever songs need bridging together, Sentenced-styled lyrics and concepts, and occasional hxc backing vocals make them metal enough to get listed here; for broader purposes, the question will remain open as to whether they are a pop-rock band with Opeth breaks and a headbanging mania, or a metal band with acoustic guitars and pop vocal hooks.

As noted above, you should go listen to them, and despite the short notice you could find a hell of a lot worse things to do, if you're on the North Shore, than go see them open Witchstock this afternoon.

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