The Autumn Offering's third album gets a melodic boost from newcomer Matt McChesney, formerly of Hell's Within, who took over for departing vocalist Dennis Miller in early 2007. A new drummer, Allen Royal, also makes his debut, and the retooled band sounds energized as a result. Royal's feet hover around the kick drum, which he pummels vehemently and unrelentingly with both legs, but McChesney's metalcore pipes take the spotlight on this release. He mixes melody with aggression, beauty with menace, singing with screaming. Like Miller, he's a formidable (and somewhat scary) frontman, alternately growling his lyrics like a monster from a Wes Craven film and letting loose with bloodcurdling screams. Pair those vocals with the album's release date -- October 30th, or "Devil's Night" -- and you've got a record that inspires children to have nightmares and Tipper Gore to hold court hearings on censorship. Fear Will Cast No Shadow is simply creepy, despite the brief counterbalances that half-heartedly brighten the mood: a soothing piano interlude in "Crown Yourself a King, Kill Yourself a Queen"; traces of pop-metal melody in "A Great Distance"; similarities to Scott Weiland in McChesney's singing voice.
01 From atrophy to obsession - 3:01 02 The castaway - 4:09 03 Crown yourself a king kill yourself a queen - 3:57 04 Silence and goodbye - 3:14 05 All that falls around us - 2:41 06 A great distance - 3:50 07 Your time is mine - 3:14 08 Fear will cast no shadow - 3:30 09 March of the clones - 3:11 10 The wolves at your door - 3:03 11 Dystopiate - 3:46