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!