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AUTUMN ABOVE first saw the light of day in 2006. Hailing from Beverly MA, USA, fellow lead vocalists/guitarists Ryan DAVIDSON and Chris HARVEY joined forces to form a new project after the demise of DAVIDSON's previous band ENDLESS RUIN. Despite both coming from a rock/metal background they took the step to head in the direction of indie/progressive rock. This approach was adapted further to concentrate on solely acoustic instrumentation. Anthony PALOCCI Jr (bass) and Jimmy JOYCE (guitars) were also recruited from ENDLESS RUIN. The addition of Sean CAHALIN on drums completed the line-up.

The band concentrate on a varying combination of gentler acoustic reflection offsetting the heavier passages of their music. Their own description of their music as indie/progressive is accurate. The songs are not overly long but the compositions are complex though melodic, with numerous time signature changes. The music is very easy on the ear. The triple acoustic guitar arrangement is backed by delightful vocal harmonies. This organic approach, concentrating on acoustic instrumentation helps to set them apart in the modern prog scene.

AUTUMN ABOVE's first recording was the 8-song "To The Inferno", however they really hit their stride with the full debut album "Prologue" in 2010, which fully showcases the bands acoustic/indie/progressive approach. This continues with the new release "Blessed You're Still" (2015) where Sean CAHALIN also takes over the bass duties. It is an album which is dedicated to victims of physical and sexual abuse, difficult subjects which the lyrics reflect upon poignantly. "Blessed You're Still" rubber stamps the band's reputation as a real emerging talent.

AUTUMN ABOVE are recommended for all progressive rock fans with an open mind for something a little different. Perhaps the lighter moments of Opeth and Engineers would be the best yardstick. Fans of acoustic rock generally should find AUTUMN ABOVE very much to their taste.

::Bio written by Roj::

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4 stars Residing in Beverly, Massachusetts, Autumn Above consists of Chris Harvey on vocals/guitar/organ, Ryan Davison on vocals/guitar, Jim Joyce on guitar/vocals, and Sean Cahalin on drums/bass/vocals, with each member playing additional instruments. This album is a great integration of progressive rock and acoustic rock, with bits of indie rock and metal. The acoustic sound of their latest album "Blessed You're Still" is perfectly fitting, considering the context and dedication of this album.

"Blessed You're Still" is a very touching album, as it is dedicated to those who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. It is an anthem to the courage and strength of these victims, and a reminder of the love and support they have during their most difficult times. Each song's lyrics deal with the thoughts and emotions felt by these victims, and is one of the only albums I've ever heard to have brought such a great feeling of mourning and sympathy. Although I have not personally been affected in this way, this album is truly moving, since I can only imagine the terror and pain that arises from such a situation. It seems only recently has this issue been brought to light and being taken seriously. I feel for the band, and I commend Autumn Above for joining in the fight to prevent and end physical abuse. Thank you guys.

In coexistence with the cause and meaning behind this album, I can't forget to mention that "Blessed You're Still" provides almost an hour of excellent, acoustic rock. From the progressive sound of "I Carve Away," to the instrumentals "The Voice" and "The Voiceless," and to the jamtastic title track "Blessed You're Still," this album provides a variety of genre-hopping sounds. The mood shifts from anger to somber as the acoustic guitars strum away. For being an "acoustic" album, there are many moments of pure rock and roll. The band is not afraid to show some grit, especially throughout the song "Filthy." The vocals are brilliantly executed by each vocalist, who remind me of professional singers Joey Eppard of 3 (Harvey), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (Davison), and Travis Stever of Davenport Cabinet (Joyce). The album closes with passionate cries from the singers, with a heartfelt cry to those that have wronged them:

"At least I can say I'll never be you / At least I can say I won't be like you."

I highly encourage everyone to share this album to those who have become victims of physical or sexual abuse. Please support Autumn Above and their amazing album.

Thanks to Roland113 for the artist addition.

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