AUDIO: Shroud of despondency – “Runaway fatigue and descriptions of teeth”
Black metal project Shroud of Despondency is out with a quarantine record, as promised. Built out of thematic paranoia and fear, Rory Heikkila says that this is his first effort under the project structured through musical motifs. The lyrics here describe the existential dread, terror, and paralyzing tension one feels under societal instability – all of which feel too real for many right now. Much of that is stoked by the media, which some lyrics also confront. Repetition of lyrics and prog rock elements are incorporated to represent the anxiety stemmed from that fear. This record is certainly a relevant product with what 2020 has been panning out to be, and we are happy that Shroud of Despondency has brought that dark sound to dark times.