HistoryThe Radauti-based band was formed in 2010. A demo was called Wings Of Solitude. The Vanity Devotion EP was issued in 2011 through Xaphan Records. Romanian funeral doom band, Descend Into Despair, joined the Domestic Genocide roster for the release of its 2014 full-length, The Bearer Of All Storms. Descend Into Despair released its second studio album, Synaptic Veil, a 5-track effort with duration of over 55 minutes through Loud Rage Music in 2017. opium featured three tracks and clocked in at 60 minutes.
DESCEND INTO DESPAIR – SYNAPTIC VEIL – LOUD RAGE
“and I could not recall what I lived for…” there is hardly any doubt that Descend Into Despair channels copious amounts of moroseness and grief into its music and lyrics. The tracks range from the seven to fourteen-minute kind. Funeral doom metal has long been a favourite at Metallian Towers and this Romania-based band does the sub-genre and its covenants justice. It is too bad that the band includes keyboards into its repertoire in a genre and a style where it is unwanted and unneeded. That is the act’s achilles heel. Yet, one sees this trend again and again from countries like Finland, Romania, Moldavia, whatever.
The lyrically minimalist Damnation Memoriae comes first and despite the keyboards works to instill emotion into the listener. The forceful and deep growls lead to a mid and end-song passage reminiscent of The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. The softer and heavier riffs intermix. The chanting is mournful. The clean, but not commercial, production works for the band. Demise, and especially its vocals, stray into Cure territory, but the long and brooding strumming slowly wins one over. The music is simple here and basically a very sadly tuned tonality at times. Tomorrow packs a lot of emotion and feeling. The spoken vocals are less successful, but the distortion and guitars are deep. This band’s guitar sound is heavy, profound and clear. Alone With My Thoughts may be the best track and demonstrates this perfectly. The growls on this song take one back to the old Phlebotomized days.
It may be painful to lift the Synaptic Veil, but that likely is the best compliment one can accord this sextet. - Ali "The Metallian"