|Review: Shroud of Despondency - For Eternity Brings No Hope|
|For Eternity Brings No Hope|
Label: Bindrune Recordings
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 27, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:For Eternity Brings No Hope
This is the first release on Bindrune Recordings, and if "For Eternity Brings No Hope" is any indication of things to come, this is a label that won't be releasing copycat bands. I guess the best way I can categorize Shroud of Despondency is to call the music "Blackened Doom Metal". This is nearly 31 minutes of extremely emotional and depressing music that could put many doom metal bands to shame, with a little Black Metal twist added - especially in the vocals, and to some extent some of the musical parts. Throw in a good dose of very well done and emotional, sorrowful acoustic passages and you get a very varied collection of material that has one thing in common: Depressing as hell - and I'm pretty sure this is what the songwriter intended. Despite the fact that this stuff almost makes me want to jump off a cliff, I can't help but think of this as extremely "beautiful" (for lack of a better word) music. That's probably why I keep on playing it rather than succumb to the urge of putting it aside and listening to happier stuff. ;) I guess I could try to ramble for a few paragraphs trying to describe the music, but that would be a pointless effort. This is the kind of music that makes you look at your inner self, so I suggest you pick this up and experience it yourself. Shroud of Despondency is a band to keep an eye out for. Highly recommended.
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