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10 Years - "The Autumn Effect" (CD)

10 Years - "The Autumn Effect" CD cover image

"The Autumn Effect" track listing:

1. Waking Up
2. Fault Line
3. The Recipe
4. Cast It Out
5. Wasteland
6. Seasons To Cycles
7. Half Life
8. Through The Iris
9. Empires
10. Prey
11. Insecsts
12. Paralyzing Kings
13. The Autumn Effect

Reviewed by on March 6, 2006

"This band has alot to offer and a great future ahead following up the success of their first single will be key"

On the announcement of 10 Years critically acclaimed song Wasteland added to the new Headbangers Ball album, I thought I would do a review on their debut album The Autumn Effect. First let me state I am a fan of the band, though they arent in my top 10, and I wouldn't go see a 6 band show just for them, but I do enjoy their sound. They are one of the few rock bands whose CD I've actually purchased. The quintent from Knoxville, TN play a form of alternative hard-rock with traces of heaviness and some Tool influence. In 2005 they signed to Universal studios and began working with Josh Abraham (Staind, Velvet Revolver) for their debut album The Autumn Effect.

The album possess a vary of tracks from the softer - Waking Up, and Fault Line. To the harder - Wasteland, and Paralyzing Kings. To a more raw alternative sound in The Autumn Effect track and Prey. The title track swirls as an intrepid soundscape with an wide variety of modern aggrresion.

The album altogether plays very well, but can be picked apart easily. I can honestly say I dont like every track, but that is the case with alot of albums nowadays. What I can say is that I can find something I like, something distinctivly original, yet not so off the ordinary that fits into their style well. Paralyze Kings has such a great tempo and the vocals of Jesse Hasek contain the range needed to fill the voids in the song. The Autumn Effect has some great sound - guitar work is the essential on this track - and they skip around from low tempo almost near standstill chords, to a more melodic heavier carrying (mind you this is ROCK) tone.

This band has alot to offer and a great future ahead following up the success of their first single will be key, but I believe they have a few more radio quality tracks on the album, including Empires - a track about this generation of people who are addicted to material possessions and rely upon these possessions to satisfy all the needs of life. The band has a great focus on writing their material. Picking a subject for each song and focusing on all aspects of the area and their own personal observations, instead of just writing about what is popular.

Highs: A quality rock sound, with good roots and a nice mix of melody and raw sound.

Lows: It is a rock album, and the band is alot softer on more parts of the record then not.

Bottom line: A good rock album that catches the eye of people who enjoy music with passion behind it.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)