Sunday Sesh: Seasons In The Abyss (Autumn)

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As the seasons change, so can our tastes. The shift from the extreme seasons into their moderate counterparts brings about some respite from the harsh heat of Summer or the grim frigidity of Winter. Over the years, I’ve noticed a tendency in my listening habits to gravitate towards certain genres (over others) at different times of the year. After your keen response to the 9-Steps Of Musical Progression a few Sundays ago, I thought it would be interesting to hear from you flushers on what you tend to listen to at this time of year. So take a seat on the porcelain rim and speak into the bowl for this Sunday Sesh. 

While Winter may have just ceased here in the Southern Hemisphere, we have moved abruptly into what feels like Summer, completely skipping the comfortable segue that is Spring. As I know the majority of you live North of the Equator, this article will be based on Autumn and us Southerners can will transpose our answers accordingly.

Although death metal is something that I listen to year round at a reasonably consistent frequency, during Autumn, I find a lot of instrumental stuff creeping in alongside. Not that there necessarily has to be a reason for this but I think it could be attributed to a desire for a quiet reflective period after the summer festivities have ceased and the cold is approaching. Stoner rock/metal also seems to feature prominently during these months for me. Whether it is my subconscious just trying to hold on to the last glimmers of those long days and warm nights, or just because it’s the most comfortable time of year to drive around with the windows down, letting the wind bellow through the car while something like Red Fang or Solaire (Best Unsigned Band In South Carolina) fights against the gusts. I don’t know the exact answer, but it happens.

So what genre(s) do you find yourself listening to during Autumn? Do you find that you too, seem to be drawn to certain styles and do you think they have a correlation with your personal ‘feel’ of the season? Or do you stick to the same stuff year-round, like some obstinate monolith weathering in the elements? Maybe you think your choices are random, whatever the case, let’s hear it in the comments below.

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  • Unless I have new albums to listen to (which is quiet often thanks to this site) I almost always have album shuffle on.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    My favorite disc from last year, Occultation’s “Silence In The Ancestral House” is focused on the transition from Summer to Fall among other things, very fitting that it was released in October 2014.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIBBeBomF0s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf2RPHxBxdI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImSajytK8MU

    • This is one of those bands that has been on my back burner for ages; can’t seem to make time to give them a proper go.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        I have to give their first disc(Three & Seven) another try. I didn’t care for it nearly as much as this one.

        • I added them to my mental wishlist back when the first one came out. I like that it’s witchy without sounding like a clone of ever other witchy band out there. I guess as this is not my go-to style, other things keep bumping it down the list. :/

    • Dagon

      Recorded in God City Studios, produced by Kurt Ballou.

      Great record.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        It still rustles my jimmies that this disc didn’t get much love last year. They didn’t do much touring behind it either.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Fall/winter tend to start my atmospheric black/post moods

  • TheCheezFace

    I find myself listening to Type O in autumn.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Agreed.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Seconded.

        • Thirdeded.

          • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

            Fourthed.

    • Nineinchneurosis

      And Woods of Ypres.

      • tigeraid

        This.

  • Hubert

    I find myself listening to a lot more slower and sadder music, like Agalloch, Wovenhand, Les Discrets and Dodehacadron.

    • Based Pingu

      Mmmmmm, Wovenhand

  • EsusMoose

    I start listening to black metal again and liking slower stuff which I skip during the late spring and summer. Post stuff gets some plays during the summer but anything atmospheric gets more plays

  • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

    The seasons dont change my musical taste.

  • Zeke

    Funny, I usually go through my annual stoner doom phase in the summer; not the fall. I’m not in fall mode yet (I was at the beach yesterday), but when it eventually hits two of my go to fall albums are Solar Lovers by Celestial Season- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx9RK34gFJQ
    And Highly Redined Pirates by Minus the Bear- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PiOE1uSHUr4
    Two very different albums that both make me think of foliage

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I haven’t noticed significant seasonal variation in my listening habits.

    • Me neither, to me it depends more on humour and mood. Or periods, but not on season.

      Well, we don’t have seasons anyways because this city sucks.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        We have seasons, all four of them. Winter, snow-less winter, actual winter and HOLY FUCK MY DICK FROZE!

        • Based Pingu

          I hope this winter will actually be good. Last three winters have been complete shite.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Well the summer was so good that I have absolutely no hopes for a good winter.

  • Maik Beninton™

    Anything for spring?
    It’s hot as hell here.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I have a huge drone/ambient playlist that I listen to almost daily in autumn months, and then there’s a couple albums like Ghost Reveries and Dragonlord’s Rapture that get regular spins as well; stuff that always felt autumny to me.

    That, plus My Dick.

    • Hubert

      My dick is gets plays throughout the year, so that’s a bit unfair.

  • I listen to grind, hardcore, crust, sludge and hip hop year round. When winter rolls around I get pissed so the volume at which this is listened to is higher.

    • Dagon

      I remember how much you hate plowing snow haha.

      • Plowing is not bad but if the snowblower craps out on me and i have to shovel then I will be hating life.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    October really is the best month to live in New England, especially if you like Halloween.

    • Hail New England October! Hail dead leaves!

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        The only thing I don’t like is that it leads to Winter. If January/February could be more like November/December, I’d be just fine with it.

        • Winter gets a little meh toward the back end, you’re right. It’s not too cold. Just too long.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            And there’s that whole 2 ft of snow thing as well.

          • Didn’t mind the snow. It made things interesting. That’s how I remember it, anyway . . .

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Nope. I live in Metro Boston so I got hit with that crap. I’d sooner deal with blast-furnace Summer than trudging through slush puddles and walking on frozen sidewalks.

          • But, but, but “trudging through slush puddles and walking on frozen sidewalks” sounds so kvlt!

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            There’s a reason I don’t care much for Black Metal, and the pains in my back, knees, and ankles after walking outside on icy surfaces don’t feel all that trve.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Im going to be taking some PTO around halloween like i usually do, i think the old lady and i will get some new ink

      • more beer
        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Kinda lost me, beerface

          • more beer

            New ink. More tattoo`s. I don`t know what you are missing?

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            More beer?

          • more beer

            I will be askimg for more beer numerois times this afternoon at Trve Brewery. Where I am meeting fellpw toilerteer Vladamir Putun.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Id still like to meey randall, who is less than 2hrs away

          • more beer

            Shit vlad. Is agood kid I had a lot of fun hanging out with him. Now I have a very hot lady coming to meet me.

        • Óðinn
          • more beer

            No more tatoo’s

          • more beer

            Not the same thing.

          • more beer

            You’re mext on my list of who i want to drink with. Bring on the beer wenches!

          • Óðinn

            I could go for some beer and wenches.

          • more beer

            Beer and wenches a couple of the best things life has to offer!

          • Lacertilian

            Nick-Nack!

          • Óðinn
  • I’ve always found Summer interminable. Never more so than here in the Sonoran Desert, where there are only two seasons: Hot & Brown. No Autumn to speak of, but I force myself into a big old nostalgia kick every year around September/October to try and remember what it feels like to be alive. Go-to genres are gothy post-punk like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izRPyRT6jWM

    or gothy black metal like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7khezlWjtJA

    or woodsy death like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TisMSbLRI-s

    Lots of My Dying Bride, Type O, Early Cure, Wolves in the Throne Room, etc.

  • Dagon

    I don’t experience seasons at all, unless we count rain every other day versus rain every day as seasons.

    Still, there are a few tunes that transport me back to Providence in October, which was my favorite part of the year, despite several attempts of assassination via pumpkin poisoning I had to survive. I don’t think they sound seasonal or anything, these are just songs I was playing at the time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGPaY5yQNH0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2mybZ3KT2E

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_71q5lVEjc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAVDHo1Elc

    • Based Pingu

      Negative one million points for The Strokes.

    • I lived in Providence for a spell. Beautiful city in Autumn, especially the hilly East side.

      • Óðinn

        RISD?

      • Dagon

        Yes! I was living in the College Hill area, very nice region in that time of the year.

        • Swank as fuck. I’m retroactively jealous. I lived out on the West end.

      • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

        I was born in Newport, RI. Sadly, I don’t remember anything about there, since I was 6 months old before me and the family got shipped to Puerto Rico (military thing).

  • CT-12

    Type O Negative is all you really need to make Fall fucking perfect. Still, I like to listen to Take Over and Destroy, the Vision Bleak, Portal’s “Seepia”, Acid Witch, Pig Destroyer’s “Prowler”, and a bunch of other shit during this season. Really can’t go wrong with cheesy goth rock or metal either. The “It Follows” soundtrack is also definitely gonna get a ton of spins in the next few weeks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yJAdVHn1xk

    • Dagon

      I like your style

    • Vote for Jeb

      I tend to jam Type O a lot during the fall.

  • Based Pingu

    I tend to listen to a lot more folky stuff when it’s Autumn.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amidvpgkZzc

  • Major Zim

    Fall is the time of listening to Gallowbraid on repeat.

  • JWEG

    Since I never really think about it, it’s a bit hard to figure out if I do have a pattern around the end of Summer and start of Autumn.

    I’ve just started teaching for the term, though, and every year in my bio for the first-year class/lab I slip in some kind of mention or other of my being a metal fan – the end result being I can usually get away with playing something unthreatening just before my second Lab week starts.

    I’m currently looking into what I can play without having the other Lab staff on my case for being noisy. I might try some Fulci or Carpenter soundtracks, instead, though.

    …or possibly the ‘Zombi’ cover by Sulphur Aeon, just to cover both bases…

  • Óðinn
  • Vote for Jeb

    I mentioned Type O below, but Mastodon seems to get more plays from me during Spring/Fall as well.

  • Autumn and Winter is generally when I pump death doom, gothic, doom, and black metal more. Woods of Ypres and Novembers Doom are some of my autumn staples. I’m going to be listening to a bunch of Woods of Desolation this week.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      But were you buried in mt pleasant cemetary?

  • Óðinn
    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      My buddy and i have frequent arguments about the best agalloch album. This good choice

      • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

        All of them are solid. If I really had to choose, I’d say Ashes Against The Grain.

  • Max

    I might be in the minority, but I’m one of those people whose listening habits have absolutely no correlation with what time of year it is, what my emotions are, what activities I’m doing, etc. I remember first hearing Danzig’s “How the Gods Kill” and feeling pretty lonely, but that’s about it.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      I find it very difficult to listen to upbeat music when my back yard looks like Siberia.

      • Based Pingu

        That’s the only moment when I can listen to upbeat music.

      • Max

        I do acknowledge that a lot of people get very down emotionally during winter; my dad does it. It’s actually a chemical thing – there’s gland in the middle of our foreheads which responds to light and produces a different chemical compound depending on how much light it’s getting. When it isn’t getting a lot, the compound produced is a depressant, or so I’m told.

        But for me it doesn’t seem to happen noticeably. Perhaps the fact I live in a region where it never snows (I’ve never seen snow) might have something to do with it. If anything, I find summer more annoying.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Im sorry youve never seen snow. Despite our elevation, our snows are poor compared to out west, north, or where based penguin lives, if i never saw snow each year id be one sad beard

          • Max

            The closest I’ve ever gotten was one day at high school when it hailed so heavily there were piles of it in the yard and we were able to make snowballs out of it. But in terms of what it looked like, frankly you could have gotten the same effect by just emptying out a bunch of ice-boxes here and there.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Thats no good, we get extremes of hot and cold here, but the way global warming has worked we havent gotten a good snow in years. Me and the old lady keep talking about moving

          • Same phenomenon occurs here in the desert once every couple years, as it happens.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            You can have mine.

        • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

          Not me! I thrive in wintertime, but then again I’m a Chicagoan. Brutal, long and oppressive winters are practically knitted into my DNA. Winters here in southeast VA are almost laughable in comparison.

          • Max

            L-Train ist krieg.

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

            Especially the Red Line after 11PM! Trust me, you’ll meet every variety of fucked up known to man.

          • Max

            Was the Risky Business sex scene on the L-Train?

          • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

            Dunno, never watched it.

      • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

        Try some shoegaze when you smoke in the winter, then.

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          Yeesh, no thanks. I’ll stick with Opeth and/or Type O.

    • *HIGH FIVE BRO!*

  • Óðinn
  • Guppusmaximus

    ‘Patterns in the Ivy 2’ is a brilliant Autumn song…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPJef0CpHIo

    And ‘Winter Rains’ is great for Autumn & Winter

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfwiFfHsUyI

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      Opeth is great Autumn/Winter music.

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        ALSO SUMMER/SPRING!!!!

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          I like them anytime, but they’re more suited for Autumn than any other season.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Some primo Gilmour and Snowy White guitar work on this one, and it’s a special dedication to David Cameron!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF1JhFvIN_M

  • Count_Breznak

    Load playlist, hit random. Same as in every season. And doing that I just got remembered of how much the latest Pitbulls in the Nursery sucks. They went from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5AvubC8vrg
    (the “hidden” track Marwa especially)
    to something that sounds like a halfassed Gojira-parody.

    • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

      *as pick scrapes play in the back Deliverance style*

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General
    • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

      Are you watching Night Of Champions? Owens won the IC title.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        I’m not watching,but that’s fucking awesome. I’ve been a fan of his for over 6 years and saw him wrestle for ROH twice.

    • Lacertilian

      Primus are perennial faves.

  • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

    Taker/Lesnar is happening inside Hell In A Cell in October.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      That’s crazy. I guess UT wants to be like Lemmy and die in the ring.

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    After 3 years of waiting, I finally get to see Purson 1 week from tomorrow.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCSCfxooXuA

  • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

    Alcest would probably be the best music I can think of for fall, or some Slowdive. Winter definitely calls for some:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO5XrVdoebA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igxOaLUpV7U

    (I’d say Immortal, but that’s just low hanging fruit)

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General

    Yeah, I’ll push this one again. To be fair, it’s great Autumn music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8XIp3tD9KY

  • J.R.™

    Stoner/doom for the summer, this Ghost album and stuff has really been guiding me into this autumnal time nicely. Raspy black metal for the Winter…and I really dont like music in the spring. Nothing really fits. just stick with the classics. I buy the least amount of music in that time.

    • JamesGrimm

      Bizarre .

      • J.R.™

        I dont know what it is, man. Nothing I have really fits the mood. Maybe I just forget what I was into 6 months ago. Probably more “happy” sounding rock stuff. No music feels “spring” to me.

        • JamesGrimm

          That seems like an emotional issue bruh. Somthing you gotta hash out on your own…..6 months?….i see…..

          • J.R.™

            yeah I purchased no music from January to March this year. I guess in the spring I blossom back into my larger music collection as a whole, emerging from my frosty black metal cocoon. Summer and Fall are for stocking up wicked jams for the musical hibernation. It all makes sense now.

  • Sgt. Poopypanty’s Fartin Teeth

    Random pic of the day. Mark Walberg with moobs and something going on with his wieny in those yoga pants/demin hybrid.

    http://ll-media.tmz.com/2015/09/20/0920-mark-wahlberg-bulge-pumpkins-akm-gsi-4.jpg

  • listening to anything besides the newest Iron Maiden involves turning off the newest Iron Maiden… you see my conundrum here

  • The Bore Brings Strange…

    “…like some obstinate monolith weathering in the elements.” sums up my listen habits/life pretty good.

    • Lacertilian

      • The Bore Brings Strange…

        “Ov Flush Family Reunion: Dec – 2013”

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Just look at that water, amazing color.

        • Lacertilian

          Great-white shark territory too.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            We had plenty of those here this Summer.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    I listen to more doom, black and death metal. Also some neo-folk like Empyrium goes so well with the colder seasons. I’ve been playing a lot of the new Nechochwen (did I spell that right?), and its perfect for this time of year.

    I can’t wait for the new Panopticon album! That will be great to listen to in October.

    • Lacertilian

      I’ve been listening to that Nechochwen for the last few weeks too, and I find it to be a good Spring record also. Guess Spring & Autumn are pretty similar anyhow.

  • Waynecro

    We don’t really have weather in Southern California, so the season’s changing has little effect on my listening habits. I think seasonal changes were more noticeable in Northern California. I remember actually feeling chilly when I lived there. During the rainy season there, I listened to a lot of Daylight Dies. It’s still hot as fuck in Southern California right now, though. It was, like, 92 degrees in my house yesterday.

    • Lacertilian

      32°C = Hot as fuck?
      Don’t ever visit Australia in Summer then.
      I thought CA regularly reached 40°C?

      • Waynecro

        Well, 90-some degrees in the house is pretty hot–for me, anyway. I’ve been to much hotter areas (Nevada, Arizona, Palm Springs, etc.), but I never had to live in that heat (and people who live in those places usually have air conditioning). I’d never go to Australia period. Too many of the world’s deadliest critters live there. I’d be on edge all the time. I know the spiders are out to get me.

        • Lacertilian

          Yeah, I getcha, I was just being a dick, I’m pretty uncomfortable with anything over 35°C.
          The deadliest creatures are humans, the world over.

          • Waynecro

            I just don’t do well in the heat for extended periods. Yes, humans are the deadliest creatures; however, spiders and snakes can sneak up on me much more easily than humans can. Plus, I’d rather get shot or stabbed to death than die from some nasty hemotoxin.

          • Lacertilian

            You’re more likely to accidentally fall to your death than either option over here.
            In Australia in 2013, 1920 people died from falls, while 430 were homicide victims, and only 2 were killed by snake venom (source – ABS) and 0 recorded deaths from spider bites over here since 1979.
            Skin cancer scares me most about this place.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Really, youre almost more likely to die from spider and snake bites in the us, considering population size. Not to mention animals like the crocodile
            https://media0.giphy.com/media/o2UbrA77OymUE/200_s.gif

          • Lacertilian

            We have a really good anti-venom program these days.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            This is Murica. You get bit by a snake, you die like a man!

          • Waynecro

            Wait just a minute: How do I know you’re not a funnel-web spider or a poisonous reptile, trying to lure me to Australia so you and your colleagues can strike me down with poisons and bites and stings? “The deadliest creatures are humans, the world over” sure sounds like something a critter would say. Well, I’m not falling for it. Plus, I’m pale as hell. I’d probably get skin cancer from just looking at a travel brochure with photos of Australia’s beaches.