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Autumn Nostalgie - Esse Est Percipi - 90%

Edmund Sackbauer, September 15th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2020, CD, Maa Productions

While black metal is among the harshest forms of music there are certain albums that offer kind of a fragile beauty that most other sub-genres cannot offer. Autumn Nostalgie is a band (or more accurately described a one man project from what I understood) that had been formed ten years ago, but until this year they have not managed to put out any kind of official stuff. Their debut “Esse Est Percipi” is a carefully crafted piece of art, combining some straight-forward riffing with a lot of lofty and beautiful motifs. In case you like your black metal (or metal in general) to me on the emotional side of things look no further and go and get a copy of this.

Deeply atmospheric, Autumn Nostalgie use the black metal basics we’re all familiar with to create emotive music, weaving extensive moods and blackened tapestries with ease. The songs here are richly textured with nuance and subtlety, even when things got more aggressive and straight to the point. Classic tremolo runs and melody rub shoulders with tasteful synths and longer acoustic sections, with the overall songwriting combining all those things to one wonderful piece of art. Psychedelic and atmospheric avenues are frequently explored, and each track and interlude is constructed with thought, imagination, and skill. Autumn Nostalgie are not afraid to think outside of the box and implement some unorthodox elements, while always staying true to his blackened roots, resulting in avant-garde stylings and flourishes of darkly colorful ideas.

Special mention should go to the guitars; some of the guitar parts on this album are just jaw-dropping, and really captivating. Whether going for atmosphere, a certain emotion, blistering assault, or just plain strangeness, the guitars help shape the music’s feel and impact even more than you would normally expect for something of this nature. On top of that band founder A.G. uses quite a lot of keyboard samples to weave intricate soundscapes, putting the listener into a very special mood. This is the kind of music that needs a lot of attention, with the best way to listen to it being at home with top quality headphones during the dark and silent hours of the day.

A.G. has a fantastic talent for creating haunting and beautiful melodies that feel nihilistic and depressive but also offer a glimmer of hope at the same time. He has worked with the interaction of musky moments and lighter pieces and has melted all those elements into one great piece of sinister art. The ambient harmonies dwelling in the dark and some acoustic pieces build a fantastic and gloomy atmosphere. Rounded off by a fitting production and an interesting choice for the cover artwork “Esse Est Percipi” should find its way into the collection of each open-minded and forward-thinking fan of black metal.