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New Avant-Garde Doom EP from FOREVER AUTUMN

Haunting, avant-garde act Forever Autumn are preparing to unleash the new EP on the 3rd of February 2023. Following the 2021 EP Hail the Forest Dark, featuring a guest appearance from Aaron Stainthorpe of the legendary doom band My Dying Bride, Crowned in Skulls delves further into acoustic and pagan realms and sees Aaron return as a guest vocalist on ‘The Forest and the Nyght’. There is a dark and unique talent to be found in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, where it is FOREVER AUTUMN.

Autumn Ni Dubhghaill comments:

“Crowned in Skulls is a haunting return to the deep magicks of Forever Autumn. It is a ritual unto itself, yet piece to a greater whole. I am honour’d to share this werke and hope it reaches those that need its medicine.”

Opening with ghostly balalaika and banshee screams, ‘The Forest and the Nyght’ establishes the natural, earthy tones that bleed through the tracks on Crowned in Skulls. Aaron’s commanding clean vocals evoke a mysterious aura among the gloom that contrasts with Autumn’s harsh screams. Powerful percussion grounds the music emphasizing the pagan influence. With ferocious speed ‘Death Folk’ unleashes a fury of intense acoustic instrumentation accompanied by anguished cries. Dissonance materializes out of the smoke from ‘Incense and Deer Skulls’. Discordant strings and percussion instruments imitate sounds from nature with an uncanny feel. Minimalist in style, each part is given space to achieve its full impact. As the music intensifies, the energy shifts in apprehension of the heightening sound before segueing into ‘Dried Herbs in Water’. The longest track on the EP, ‘Dried Herbs in Water’ is enticing with droning cello notes, gentle vocals and spectral breaths. There’s a tranquil quality to the music as it gradually journeys into different realms. Building into rhythmic progressions alongside harrowing shrieks entwined with the cello, the atmosphere shifts once again. ‘Under Shadows of Annwn’ brings a dreamy offering of calming melodies and soft vocals adding a mellow tone. Drawing the release to an end, the enchanting music leaves a lasting impression.

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