An Autumn For Crippled Children - Only The Ocean Knows

An Autumn For Crippled Children may not be the biggest of names in black metal today but with third album Only The Ocean Knows, the Dutch trio continue to unleash some of the finest and most original music in the genre in the last decade. Last year's Everything was remarkable for the unashamed positivity that is so at odds with the standard fare and whilst this time they back away from such a bold and unique statement, that buoyant mood still pervades the record throughout.

Whilst Only The Ocean Knows sits sonically between the first two, it doesn't quite attain the heights of either predecessor. A mixture of the Lovecraftian malice and euphoric optimism, all wrapped up in a chillingly heavy aural package, this is still a fine example of black metal experimentation and execution, and cements An Autumn For Crippled Children as our favourite underground cult metal band.



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