Another rainy, cloudy, and moody Autumn morning in the Swiss mountains. Today, I spent my morning listening to the song “Eternal Autumn,” which caught my attention and introduced me to a promising new band, Beheading Samsara from Spain. In the meantime, I listened to this song more than a few times on different occasions, and I even went further by listening to a few more songs from their latest album with the same title to find answers to my mixed feelings. So let me try to explain them to you below.
First and foremost, the song caught my interest mainly because of its progressive death metal concept, along with influences from one of my all-time favorite bands in this specific genre, Opeth. From a musical standpoint, the song incorporates tranquility and violence under the umbrella of progressive death metal. The dynamic and complex structure takes the listener on a journey of contrasts that made me feel like it’s part of a larger story, calming you down with its melodic and moody clean passages while raising the tension with its heavy sections. I thoroughly enjoyed the dark and moody energy overall in the song, even though the underlying idea sounded familiar from time to time.
Moreover, the vocalist of Beheading Samsara deserves credit for his contribution to the authenticity of their musical concept. In “Eternal Autumn,” we hear him singing melodically, whispering, death growling, as well as performing theatrical parts, all of which earned my appreciation. Most importantly, he demonstrates potential for a range of versatile vocal styles and personalities rather than just having the ability.