Shroud of Despondency - For Eternity Brings No HopeFrankly, I’m surprised that I hadn’t heard much more of this stuff earlier.  Back in the day when I was in my old band, we played a show up in the UP (a link, for those who don’t know) where we came in contact with a really great band (whose name I cannot remember for the life of me) which contained a very great guitarist (whose name I can remember, Rory Heikkila).  Long story short, said band doesn’t exist anymore, but that guitar player has relocated from the boonies to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he currently is producing some pretty fucking amazing black metal.  If you’re into depressive black metal, you should definitely check out the first full length from this project For Eternity Brings No Hope (be prepared for some pretty low-fi recording, but there’s some seriously good shit on this album, the album was sold out, but is now available via mp3 here).

Apparently, and this is the part I didn’t keep up with, Shroud of Despondency has released other things as well, most recently a split in 2005.  However, there is apparently a session called Objective: Isolate, of which a few tracks are on the band’s Myspace.  The tracks I recommend you go and check out are as follows: “An Opposing Shore,” “This Transcends Belief,” “A Life Well Lived,” and “My Carrion.”  These tracks are fucking superb, and it’s really impressive to me how far the music has come.  I strongly suggest you check it out, and I scream a “heads up” at labels that are interested in this kind of stuff.  Seriously, get out the word if you dig this stuff.


  • Jason

    The band you played with in the UP name was Domain Malevolence. This is Rory’s first band. The other main member of the band was Ron Blemburg. Rory is a friend of mine but, I have not talked with him in a few months. Last I heard he had moved to Minnesota and was working on a new Shroud album.

  • I’m glad I’m not the only person that knows about the greatness of Shroud of Despondency! I, luckily, stumbled upon For Eternity Brings No Hope and was blown away!! Then I found out that Shroud was an American Black Metal band and I was even more pumped! At that time I didn’t like hardly any of the Black Metal coming out of my home country, other than Judas Iscariot and Wind of the Black Mountains. I can’t believe Shroud of Despondency is currently unsigned. That blows my mind!!

  • What band were you in that made it all the way to the UP!? As a native (and now former) Yooper, I have to say it’s awesome to read about a UP band alongside all these other bigger (as far as metal goes anyway) bands!

  • If you all want to hear what Shroud of Despondency is doing click that link below.