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AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN have today released Melancholia, the second single to be taken from from their upcoming ninth studio album, As The Morning Dawns We Close Our Eyes - due for release via Prosthetic Records on May 21. The Netherlands based black metal-meets-shoegaze outfit premiered the track yesterday via Roadburn Redux, with an accompanying visual which you can watch here

Listen to Melancholia on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp

Pre-order As The Morning Dawns We Close Our Eyes here.

Speaking on Melancholia, the band comments: "Melancholia: A persevering feeling running through all of our lives on a daily basis, and we are sure in other peoples lives too. Combined with a longing for times gone by and people we miss, it can all be overwhelming sometimes. But still most of us soldier on. In a way the song is about this, but also that it's a crucial part of being human and being alive."

Recorded, mixed and mastered within the confines of the band, AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN remains a project shrouded in mystery and the band is yet to perform live. Their reclusive nature doesn’t detract from the alluring nature of their output - if anything the anonymity adds to the mystery and intrigue. Inspired by the originators of black metal and the gothic doom of the 1990s, AAFCC have created something that pays homage to its roots but remains forward thinking. For fans of Deafheaven and Alcest, there’s plenty to uncover with As The Morning Dawns

Traversing familiar topics such as love, life, death and eternal existential quandaries, AAFCC combine bleakness and hope, love and death - creating an unforgettable, majestic collection of songs. Recorded over a longer period of time than usual, each track got individual attention and was crafted as a stand alone element of the greater whole. They might not give away much about themselves, but they leave their mark on every one of these eight tracks.