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Autere
Amal'l

Company: Inverse
Release: 2014
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: T. Ray Verteramo
  • Pugilistic intricacy



  • So, who the hell are these Autere people? They have less than 1,000 likes on their website, barely more than 530 on their Facebook page and they're practically non-existent on Twitter. The album cover is about as interesting as the side of a barn…in fact, I think that's what it is. YouTube? WhoTube. WhatTube? There is NoTube.

    And yet, they sound enormous. These boys can play.

    Based out of Turku, Finland, Autere is hiding innovative and piledriving metalcore with skillful and pugilistic intricacy under a rock. Complex timing and tempo changes flawlessly executed by a relentless rhythm section (Markus Virtanen, bass and Tatu Turunen, drums) and rich, pissed-off guitars (Petri Huhtala and Joona Alamaki) frame egocentric, human lyrics that get the blood pumping and the brain thinking. Anssi Rissa delivers bi-polar vocals with an honest, not-too ugly / not-too pretty style that make this "core" unit truly unique and easy to connect with. The songs have a way of snapping you out of whatever you are and giving you a smack upside the head if you're not paying attention. And just when you think a verse or a phrase isn't going to go anywhere or that bizarre, augmented chord progression is going to lose you, they go in for the kill and smack you again.

    There is absolutely no reason why "Circle of Kinetic Damage" should not be made into a video and streamed to death. It's full of visualization, tons of energy, and is a force to be reckoned with. There is absolutely no reason why "Redeemers" should not get airtime. It's got a great hook. There is no reason why we should be asking "Who the hell is Autere?" Yeah, sure, as I said, there are some awkward spots scattered along the list. But, they work like little suspenseful teases and for every awkward spot, there are about 10 good ones that make up for it. This is good metal.

    Good metal makes you listen. These mysterious Finnish boys don't say much on the computer screen, but when they're in your ears, they own you. "Amal'l" is done well. The music is done well. It is written well, produced well, and performed well. What sucks is their publicist.


    About this Writer:
    T. Ray Verteramo // T. Ray is a product of New York Mediterranean upbringing, discovering Alice Cooper before puberty, and Iron Maiden after. Taken underwing by the former managing editor of Hit Parader magazine in 1985, she took to freelancing, writing up the local and national circuit for 7 years. A new millennium, a published dystopic thriller, and a CNN article on life in metal in the 80's later, she's been thrown back to the wolves, into a much darker and deeper part of the forest.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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