An inspired solo project based out of Washington D.C., After Autumn is the musical moniker of Andreus Narain, a talented guitarist with a seemingly unlimited creative streak. Built from his own arrangements, After Autumn’s sound blending organic guitar and bass chords with programmed drums to create an intriguing contrast of sounds. Inspired by the sounds of the late 90’s and early 2000’s alt. metal scene, Andreus’ work is a skilled blend between his influences and his own personal touches, arriving at an evolved sound that shadows that of Korn, The Deftones, and The Smashing Pumpkins.
His debut EP, ‘The Siren’ is a stirring five-track release that crosses genres and blends styles, resulting in an anthemic and spirited sound that is best described as a little bit rock, a little bit alternative, and a dash of chill. Arriving on an abrasive wave of electric guitar, ‘The Siren’ opens with ‘Ignite’, a crushing, unrelenting track that hits with an undeniable immediacy and force. Brandishing a nu-metal vibe that stays wonderfully grounded in more traditional alt-metal sounds, ‘Ignite’ sets the standard for the EP with a breathtaking pace.
Offering a more slow-building form, second cut ‘Here & Now’ has a far more atmospheric flair, sticking to a reverberating central melody that stretches and expands to all points on the horizon. Is a more nuanced and tactile sound that it’s predecessor, but not without it’s more anthemic tricks. As the EP continues, there are similar recurring sounds to the medley of instrumental tracks, but impressively, each composition flows with its own character and sense of self, bringing the same immutable power to a diverse range of metal sounds.
There’s a lot to enjoy about the EP, once you overcome the initial shellshock of ‘Ignite’. It’s an EP that knocks you for six and then keeps you on the back foot, only letting you settle into the more melodic moments to then hit you once again with another soaring riff. Rough and ready for a tussle, ‘The Siren’ is an underrated triumph of instrumental metal.