Loss
Despond


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas EMERITUS
May 31st, 2011 | 186 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: an unrelenting pillar of melancholy

Several years ago Loss made an indelible impression in the brains of doom metal fans world wide with their 3 song stunner Life Without Hope... Death Without Reason. It was an absolutely beautiful and unrelenting pillar of melancholy, which was, in many ways, the Funeral Doom equivalent of Warning's Watching From a Distance in terms of not only general style, but from the emotion that rang out with each somber chord. Unfortunately, yet understandably so, Life Without Hope... Death Without Reason never really managed to catch on into the global metal lexicon of fair weather doomers like Worship and Skepticism had, despite Loss being more than worthy. Luckily, now after many long years Loss have finally released their follow up, the aptly titled Despond.

Like most doom metal albums, Despond is an incredibly demanding album on the listener but the pay off is in spades. Much like how long-time sludgesters Corrupted finally mastered their take on ugly by incorporating more pleasing sounds into their music on El Mundo Frio, Loss have wrapped their despair in a very sonically pleasing package on Despond. While the album itself retains many of the expected protracted heavier than hell dirges that come with the territory, there's an underlying sound of hope that accompanies Loss through the void. It's a welcome mindfuck, to say the least and makes Despond such a joy to listen to. It teeters on the brink of misery, indulging in its sorrows, but even though the album is a conceptualization of the thought process leading up to suicide there's always something subtle, be it a harmony or an overall motif, that keeps Despond from fully embracing the darkness, before it finally plunges into the depths on the album's closer, “The Irreparable Act”. This can be seen to its fullest on “Conceptual Funeralism Unto the Final Act (Of Being)” as the grinding guitars and processional drum beats sound as though hell itself has opened up beneath you as you fall further and further into sorrow before one of the most hauntingly beautiful harmonies put to tape pulls you back up. It is emotion portrayed and exploited to its fullest.

What Loss have made on Despond is too engaging to be ignored. In a year that has yet to see a landmark release in the metal world's brooding underground, Despond couldn't have come sooner. It is a quintessential slab of funeral doom that should finally garner Loss the respect that they've so long deserved.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Emeritus
May 31st 2011


17240 Comments


in short: if you like doom at all (or even bands like Agalloch) you need this.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2011


16138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, Adam. Great album.

liledman
May 31st 2011


3826 Comments


awesome.

Relinquished
May 31st 2011


27661 Comments


I've been waiting for this album to drop for awhile

rasputin
May 31st 2011


14615 Comments


good review adam

i just finished off my review of this for DC, i share your sentiments



alachlahol
May 31st 2011


7567 Comments


word round the campfire is this brings the crush

alachlahol
May 31st 2011


7567 Comments


man this aint no kind of music you play when your grandmas in the car thats for sure

alachlahol
May 31st 2011


7567 Comments


this is what warning would sound like if they actually wanted to kill themselves

ThyCrossAwaits
May 31st 2011


3084 Comments


I was like hopping up and down waiting for this thing to drop.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2011


17950 Comments


i'd like to hop on your unrelenting pillar of melancholy

ThyCrossAwaits
May 31st 2011


3084 Comments


"Your words make very private scars, you suffered down low."

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2011


10789 Comments


what's up with uncapitalized summaries, is that in right now

Athom
Emeritus
May 31st 2011


17240 Comments


channeling my inner cam.

SeaAnemone
May 31st 2011


21147 Comments


I thought the 'no period' thing was really hip, but I guess I'm behind too, rudy


yeah but this sounds good I'll listen

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tomr4
May 31st 2011


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2011


17950 Comments


i was doin that in 2008

pizzamachine
June 1st 2011


12608 Comments


no surprise there

DarkNoctus
June 1st 2011


9056 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

good review but I thought this was so mediocre

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Grimlin
June 1st 2011


882 Comments


no way. you should probably change your opinion soon, or you won't be cool.

DarkNoctus
June 1st 2011


9056 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

i'm noctus :]



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