Shape of Despair Return2021-11-17 by Fernando Alves STAFF | 12 Comments
|Finnish funeral doomers Shape of Despair will be dropping their new album, Return to the Void, on February 25th, 2022 via Season of Mist. The band's first new song, 'Reflection in Slow Time', can be streamed below.|
"Return to the Void isn't the follow-up to Monotony Fields in the traditional sense," Salomaa says. "As stated, the songwriting goes way back to the first music we put together for Raven. I will say my approach has changed after all these years of making music. I found new and different ways to shape the arrangements and my compositions. What matters most, I think, is that it still has the Shape of Despair atmosphere."
"Return to the Void is a title we thought would best describe the album," says Koivula. "It is a return for us in many ways. We were heading [musically] towards early Shape of Despair. Plus, Samu's back in the band. Overall, my lyrics have a red line through them—a sense of solitude and depression. The state where you find that everything has lost its meaning.
There is no past or future, only this one moment drifting near the firmament."
"We recorded the album on our own, which allowed us the freedom to record whenever and however long we wanted," says Salomaa. "Everything was done in late winter, with the mixing taking place between February and March of 2021. We had a couple of weekends to mix with Samu, but most of it was done without us. The mastering was then finalized in May 2021. [The sound is] mainly raw but still heavy. The main focus was to keep our sound world intact. I think this album sounds the most accurate we’ve ever wanted our albums to sound."
1. Return To The Void (09:14)
2. Dissolution (08:59)
3. Solitary Downfall (11:06)
4. Reflection In Slow Time (08:08)
5. Forfeit (08:00)
6. The Inner Desolation (11:48)
Return to the Void is available for pre-ordering in the Season of Mist shop on CD and vinyl at:
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this sounds very promising, looking forward to the album. monotony fields was fantastic
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looking forward to the album. monotony fields was fantastic 
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Currently nursing half a chubb because of this news.
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gnocchi staying strong for nnn
non-stop nut november
as if any self respecting guy would go looking for an excuse not to nut, sounds like a copout for lesser men to me.
monotony fields was a masterpiece. has a lot to stand up to.
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This is gooooood
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Had the luck to see them live, absolutely amazing..hyped to hear the new one
Okay, can confirm the album is fire.
this is unexpected but very welcome
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