Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, February 28, 2022

Shape Of Despair - Return To The Void


 Man, with the end of the world closer than it's been in a long time, it's a good day for some Finnish funeral doom. Fortunately(?) the masters of the genre, Shape Of Despair are here to provide with Return To The Void a crushing and powerful anthem to sorrow. This record is truly destructive and powerful, an emotional offering ripe with sonic wizardry and one that consistently excites listeners with the breadth of execution. It's a funeral doom record for true nerds of the genre who are looking for that next slow step into hell. 

Return To The Void thrills because of how much it scrapes the depths of what heavy music can be. The guitars are absolutely colossal, more akin to the sound of moving mountains than anything else. It's a delight to hear as they unveil their demented layers and leave listeners suffocating on the sheer volume of what has been done here. Shape Of Despair thrills with the emotional depth of these songs too. The minor key threnody of a track like "Dissolution" is absolutely titanic and speaks to the power of these guys as composers. There's a very real magic and vision that fuels Shape Of Despair and keeps listeners eagerly coming back for more. 

Shape Of Despair have gone above and beyond on this record and it's good for the soul to get lost in the gloomy layers of sound that they have produced here. This is heavy music executed at the highest, and slowest level. It's a doom metal anthem for the end of the world and one that I think devotees of the underground are going to find themselves coming back too. As for me I will just blink away tears and remain in awe of this monstrous release and hope to one day find more music with this same layer of emotional power.

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https://redirect.season-of-mist.com/sod-void

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