Descend Into Despair are a band from Romania that plays a very atmospheric form of funeral doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "The Bearer Of All Storms" which was released by Domestic Genocide Records.
The album starts out with atmospheric synths and a few seconds alter drums are added into the music which leads up to dark, melodic and heavy guitars along with growls which also bring in black metal elements and they also keep around the atmospheric parts and add in drones at times.
As the album progresses the music gets more dark, depressive, tragic and melodic with a melancholic atmosphere which brings an epic feeling to the recording while also remaining heavy and slow all at the same time and clean singing vocals are added onto the record in certain sections of the recording as well as small amounts of clean playing and symphonic elements.
When we get more into the album you can hear melodic guitar leads making their presence known and you can also hear acoustic guitars being added into the music at times and they bring a progressive feeling to the recording and on the 4th song spoken word parts are added in and the album starts having a ritualistic quality to it and on later tracks ambient elements are brought in and there is not one short song present on this album.
Throughout the recording the music remains in a slow direction and never speeds up while still offering a great amount of variety and diversity and the music can be soft at times and heavy at others but always retaining a very dark atmosphere and on one of the songs depressive black metal screams are added in briefly and on the last song the bass guitars have a very powerful sound to them.
Descend Into Despair take the funeral doom genre and add in a great amount of atmospheric as well as diversity to create an epic that is very epic and melancholic and they use more variety than most bands of this genre.
Song lyrics cover dark, depressive and metaphysical themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound along with all of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Descend Into Despair are a very great sounding atmospheric funeral doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Portrait Of Rust" "The Horrific Pale Awakening" and "Embrace Of Earth". 8/5 out of 10.