Most recently I caught them at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale. They're not a band you would ever think of seeing at a Scottsdale club, especially not one with a dance room upstairs, but there was a great crowd and Autumn's End, as they always do, impressed everyone present. All in attendance got to hear a good sampling of the music of their upcoming release as well as favorites from their album, Act of Attrition.
Autumn's End is composed of four humble and very talented musicians. Original members Chris Cannella, taking on the guitar and vocal duties, and El on bass are joined by drummer Harry Ferrier and newest edition Steve Jasinski on guitar. In the time that Autumn's End has been together there have been two member changes, but the current line-up seems to be the strongest and best one yet. Each member is a master of what they do, and they do it with pride.
Autumn's End is a powerhouse of music, blending styles from American, death, and black metal with even a hint of punk in the bass once in a while. There is no defined format to what the band writes about lyrically, but goes off what they feel. The lyrics can be about anything from missing a loved one, a fallen friend, someone that has done you wrong, or a personal belief... there are no bounds to their words. Granted, I can only say what the songs mean to me, as it was brought to my attention a few years ago in a conversation with Chris. I asked him what the lyrics to a song were about. He asked me what I thought it meant and, after my explanation, said, “Then that is what it is about. It doesn't matter what I wrote it about or what it means to me. What matters is what that song means to you, how it makes you feel."
If you don't know Autumn's End, be sure to look them up or get out there and see them live!
Every time I meet someone into metal who hasn't heard of Autumn's End it amazes me. These guys have been around for a couple of years now, and are one of the best metal bands in Arizona. I personally have been attending their shows since I first heard about them and, unless I absolutely have to, I don't miss them when they play live.