Connecticut’s Autumns Eyes is at it again with the new, all-instrumental album Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets. As always, this one-man band, the brain-child of Dan Mitchell, focuses on all things scary, creepy and downright frightening. Broken Leaves and Haunted Streetsconsists of songs Mitchell first conjured from his nightmares in the early days of Autumns Eyes and he’s decided it’s time for them to be released on an unsuspecting public. I’m certainly glad he did, because this stuff is damn good. Creating an instrumental song that captures a listener’s attention and keeps it for 3-4 minutes is one thing, but you’ll be wondering where all 13 minutes and 46 seconds of “Lucid Empathy” went when it is over.
Sometimes you have to look back to move forward, and that’s what Autumns Eyes has done with “Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets,” which features a collection of five re-imagined tracks from the band’s earliest incarnation. Taking music written a decade back, sole member Dan Mitchell has re-recorded five previously unreleased songs with the knowledge and experience of 10 years in the metal scene.
Those familiar with Autumns Eyes are well acquainted with the fact that sole member Dan Mitchell wears his passion for the season surrounding All Hallows Eve on his sleeve…eh, band title. With his new EP entitledBroken Leaves and Haunted Streets, there is no exception to this as the essence of fall emanates through the atmosphere on this instrumental EP. Dan has put out another release for the season of death, haunting and change.