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Begets of Autumn
June 2001
Released: 2001, Independent
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Michael De Los Muertos

To be honest, I think Begets of Autumn have a long way to go. This band hails from Tennessee, and, I believe, has its heart in the right place – they try very hard to be something a little different from the rest of the metal world. They clearly have an allegiance to progressive and probably some traditional metal (check out their power-metally album cover), and their instrumentation is fair. However, this CD really doesn’t have what it takes to lift off. The vocals are pretty weak and monochromatic. The guitar riffage never really seems to get out of the starting gate. Drums sound flat and tinny, and I don’t think it’s just production. Overall the presentation is colorless. KEEP kind of hung in my CD player for its length, never really going much of anywhere. These guys obviously mean well and worked very hard on this. For that reason I really don’t want to get too far into the shortfalls of this album. There is a little bit of good stuff here – some riffs on the fifth track, “Operation White House,” for instance, actually do manage to sound menacing for very short stretches – but overall I don’t think this CD is worth your time.
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