Desultory
Into Eternity


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
August 5th, 2008 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A forgotten gem from the over appreciated Swedish death metal scene.

The funny thing about Desultory is why the fuck does everyone forget about them? Common discourse would lead you to believe that the allegedly influential Swedish death metal scene is limited to an At the Gates, Dismember, Entombed power trio. In many ways, Into Eternity is the red headed step-child of the scene, falling chronologically and sonically in between the earlier more aggressive Left Hand Path and the later, poppier Slaughter of the Soul.

In spite of its inexplicable obscurity, Into Eternity is a remarkable album. Painstakingly thrash-influenced, Desultory's debut album is neither overly melodic nor relentlessly aggressive; in fact at first glance, it's unassumingly somewhere in the middle. Of course it only takes about 2 minutes for Desultory to find their footing and about three minutes for the listener to regret putting them off for so long, since it's about a third of the way into the introductory title track that the band hits you with apocalyptic guitar leads that sit comfortably between hyper-thrashy verses and a soaring guitar solo. The production is anomalous of the scene, sounding remarkably clear without coming off as safe and replacing the traditional Swedish "crunch" with a tastefully audible balance of instruments.

Much like its Swedish compatriots, Into Eternity essentially revolves around one core song being more or less re-written 9 or 10 times. And much like with its compatriots, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Into Eternity is thrash influenced and guitar dominant, revolving around Stefan Poge's hook-y, proficient leads and constantly fluctuating moodiness. Highlights include the contemplative hooks in "Tears", the doom-y intro to "The Chill Within" and the nearly perfect "Visions", but Into Eternity is ultimately an album best absorbed as a whole. Though it starts to overstay its welcome about three-quarters of the way in, its relative obscurity pardons its tendency to drag.

By finding a happy median between melody and aggressiveness, one would assume that Desultory would have been able to carve a niche alongside its peers. Instead, they released the relatively mediocre Bitterness before they turned into a death'n'roll band and broke up. In spite of their later journey into the pits of mediocrity, Into Eternity proves that, at the very least, there are more than three bands hailing from Sweden and that there are more than three Swedish records worth hailing.



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Tyler
Emeritus
August 5th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been meaning to review this for, like, a year, so I couldn't sleep and was all, "what the hell", and here it is. Two in one night I know blablabla eat me raw. Also I know it's short so lolol nice soundoff etc. Also the summary may or may not be grammatically correct, but fuck you I wrote this at 4am in bed in a notepad. This Message Edited On 08.05.08

DBlitz
August 5th 2008


1690 Comments


sounds like i will enjoy this

Thor
August 5th 2008


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll check this out today, your review made convinced me. And I've sadly never heard of these guys in my life.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 5th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, these guys must be really unappealing...I don't understand it. This album is incredible, but not only does no one want to listen to it but people dont even read the reviews for it. This Message Edited On 08.05.08

charlesfishtitz
August 5th 2008


784 Comments


Yeah, i've never heard of this. Sounds somewhat appealing.



Is this their big album to check out, or do they have something better?

Tyler
Emeritus
August 5th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Instead, they released the relatively mediocre Bitterness before they turned into a death'n'roll band and broke up.

I need to reword it to say "they went on to release" or "they followed this up with" but yeah, no, this is their only album you really need or should ever listen to. Well, their only "real" releases; I haven't heard their earlier demos or EPs.

charlesfishtitz
August 5th 2008


784 Comments


oh, I guess i missed that part. Just woke up.

I'll probably go looking for this later today

UnderFlames
August 5th 2008


268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Found it today, listening to it now. If anyone can't find it, I can send it.This Message Edited On 08.05.08

Eliminator
August 5th 2008


2067 Comments


album rules

UnderFlames
August 5th 2008


268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This fucking rules. I've never heard these guys, thanks for that, Cocaine.


Wizard
August 5th 2008


19403 Comments


Need to check these guys out. On a roll with the reviews today Coke?

Your love for Captain Kirk is strange.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

IAmInsect
August 5th 2008


3800 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0vfDHK7vsU&feature=related

jrowa001
August 6th 2008


8750 Comments


ill have to give this a listen. ive heard their album Bitterness and i didnt really enjoy it too much

Lunarfall
August 6th 2008


3179 Comments


lol into eternity

Tyler
Emeritus
August 6th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol why is that funny

Lunarfall
August 7th 2008


3179 Comments


it makes the band into eternity all the more unoriginal.

Eliminator
August 7th 2008


2067 Comments


it's a pretty common phrase

Lunarfall
August 7th 2008


3179 Comments


it makes the band into eternity all the more unoriginal.

just like my posts.This Message Edited On 08.07.08

Eliminator
August 7th 2008


2067 Comments


yeah post that a few more times please

Tyler
Emeritus
August 7th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KD Lang's Watershed makes Opeth all the more unoriginal.



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