One of the most anticipated records of the year should be Shroud of Despondency‘s self-released Dark Meditations in Monastic Seclusion. Fortunately, I’ve been able to get permission to share what is probably my favorite track on the CD, but of course, the favorites are different for everyone! In any case, there are two things you should notice about this recording and the first of these is that these guys are for real largely because of the riffing. The riffing is like this throughout the record, that is, superb.

The second is to notice how damn good it is! Despite its advanced length (10 minutes), the instrumentation is fantastic and the feeling and flow is tremendous. There are very, very few bands that successfully write emotional metal music, but Shroud of Despondency does it amazingly. These guys, as I’ve pointed out before, are a band to watch. Keep watching and enjoy this exclusive track!

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  • ZacP

    Despite my reservations on extended spoken work sound bites, I really like this…so I couldn’t find anything much about this band (i.e. no wiki article). Is this their debut album or are they more established? Does the rest of the album sound this good?

    • This is their third record, technically. Though I’m not sure how readily available their earlier material is. Originally it’s just a project from Rory, but this is the first one as a whole band. I love this fucking track and I tend to not like extended clips and shit, either, but it just works here.

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