AUDIO: Shroud of Despondency – “Brumation”
Black metal project Shroud of Despondency is out with another record this week – their third this year. Done in four movements, the first of which being over twenty-eight minutes, the record deals with withdrawal and fighting the demons that want you to relapse. “Brumation” refers to a state of dormancy reptiles enter during winter. As such, the lyrics confront instability, coldness, seclusion and awakening in the most brutally metaphoric ways. Written during quarantine, these topics are resonant with reclusive creativity.