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THE AUTUMN PROJECT was first a simple one time moniker for the solo work of Mike Gustafson, upon the musical introduction of life long friend Jess Huffman and his brother John Huffman and two years of experimenting in the basement we are now again THE AUTUMN PROJECT, but in instrumental form.Formed officially in 2000, it wasn't until 2003 with the release of THE AUTUMN PROJECT debut record "Fable" that TAP began moving forward into the direction we are heading now.

After two West Coast tours, countless Midwest outings and 3 full length records THE AUTUMN PROJECT are setting the stage for national exposure. After self releasing "La Luna de Negra" in 2004 and signing onto Imagine It Records for the re-issue of "Fable" in 2005, THE AUTUMN PROJECT have now signed with the Boston, MA label Deepsend Records.In 2006 THE AUTUMN PROJECT released their third album "A Burning Light". Both Deepsend and Imagine It Records are best more in the hardcore metal worlds and we feel that we fit into that realm better than any other. THE AUTUMN PROJECT doesn't stand out in the post rock ocean, they don't create new concept, but they surely bring a fresh air in the scene. Their music is calm on moments,ambient passages can be noticed which gives extra feeling of tranquillity.Their work warms the soul, creating divine soundscapes . But at very next moment music gets as brutal as it can be,sonic attack at all senses at once, driven by beautiful madness heading towards epic feeling..and calmness again. They are creating dynamic, accessible and challenging instrumental music. Excellent cinematic heaviness, whose meditative post rock glides blissfully through huge slabs of crushing, heavenly distortion.

THE AUTUMN PROJECT music is recomended for far fans of MONO, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT,DATURAH and RUSSIAN CIRCLES. Good place to start is their 2009 album "This We Take With Us".

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Dancing in These Shadows
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4.00 | 8 ratings

This we take with us
The Autumn Project Post Rock/Math rock

Review by avestin
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4 stars Where have I heard this before? It sounds familiar; wide epic guitar riffs with a nice touch of keyboards to enhance the richness of sound, escalating swirling theme, reaching a peak. I've heard this in the works of Godspeed You Black Emperor! And Explosions In The Sky. But much like I love the works of Sparrows Sing and Swarm, who are what some may call clones (of Godspeed You Black Emperor that is), I find this work by The Autumn Project to be somewhat derivative (if not more in tracks 1 and 2), but very well executed and also pure joy to listen to. Listening to the first track on their album, This We Take With Us, I could have mistaken it for an Explosions In The Sky piece. This is the danger of this shores; walking in others steps (or closely following it). But as the album goes on, I got more and more absorbed into it and could discern more of their own personality in the music, more of their passion. There are some instances where I was thinking of Russian Circles, due to the powerful nature and aggressiveness of the music (track 6 for example). The musicianship is well accomplished, the music sounds great, the atmosphere and themes captivating; and if you could settle for that, it is fine. I could enjoy the album for what it is. So allow me to try and do justice to the album by stopping to compare it to previous bands, I think you get the picture.

There are 8 pieces on this album, flowing quite naturally from one on to the next. The music is powerful emotionally, moving and beautiful. There's not so much development of themes, more of creating one and thriving on it for a while, and then changing things a bit, by adding more components, alternating a bit the rhythm or other kinds of manipulations which all go well and eventually reaching an emotional peak. There is also aggressiveness in here; not the raw mindless sort, but a purely emotional type, where all instruments get as loud as they can and indulge in the moment (tracks 3 and 4 for instance). In this sense, this is a very powerful album, one that is best heard at high volume, and one that could energize one's spirit. There is such intensity in the music and all 3 musicians seem to invest their entirety into it, every ounce of energy they have. It's comes crushing down, pummeling the listener of his comfortable listening position. In this sense, they go beyond the intensity of other bands in this style and match up with the brutality of Russian Circles. Their sound is a little "dirty" if you can follow my meaning. And it sits very well with their sound and what they are out to create and the atmosphere they are after. Their music, as I mentioned above, is epic in a way, not only due to the length of the pieces here, but also due to their structure being grand, massive and the way it surrounds me as I listen it. That is what I want an album to do; drown me or absorb me into it. The Autumn succeeds in that, and so I can't speak badly of an album like that.

Thanks to angelmk for the artist addition.

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