Funeral Doom with a very deep and heavy voice, with a slow, ethereal and dry sound that builds a base of tragic and heavenly elements. A true song for the ears of those who enjoy melancholic, sad and heartless music. A masterpiece!!
Favorite track: antumbra.
"Where the album really holds my attention are the most unusual passages, with the use of synths and strange melodies that you don't often hear in funeral doom; I think a full album that elaborated on those elements - or even an extension of the beginning of "Dis[re]member" - would be do more to capture the imagination of the grieving public, but Opium is still a cool coffin of its own."
Buy all Funere CD releases 2018-2020 bundle + GIFT t-shirt Sinister Downfall
Includes 8 releases:
Sinister Downfall - Eremozoic
Ornamentos Del Miedo - Este No Es Tu Hogar
Vofa - Vofa
Evadne - Dethroned Of Our Souls
Sinister Downfall - A Dark Shining Light
Descend into Despair - Opium
Invernoir - The Void and the Unbearable Loss
My death belongs to you - The world seems to be fading
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Descend into Despair is a Romanian Funeral Doom metal band, founded in 2010, gradually rising from that point into one of the most noteworthy bands in the local scene – with a fair ammount of international critical acclaim. Fusing together death metal, black metal, sludge, electronica and dark ambient elements to further refine the Funeral Doom foundation, Descend into Despair push creative boundaries and take pride in experimenting as much as they can. The band developed a musical and lyrical universe around a pervaisive feeling of weltschmertz, a brooding and ever-looming feeling that physical reality can never fully satisfy the demands of the mind. The Romanian doomers consider that the confines of traditional doom metal can no longer accommodate the broad spectrum of emotions that they seek to transpose into sound. Conflicted with the obtuseness of this world, their response became increasingly nuanced, ranging from the chronic, almost surreal screams of anguish of their earlier works to a more stoic – almost blissful in a masochistic sense – realization of the freedom one can find by embracing pain. Peculiar and strong emotions can only be exposed by their own particular sound, so they sought to create it from the ground up and turned to analogue synthesis. This- an abstract conceptual touch complemented by abstract sound design – is, without a doubt, what singles them out from the crowd.
"Opium's conceptual driving force is, we believe, fully grasped within this image, blurring the lines between painting and photography.
Twisting classical beauty into modern obsession, weaving harmony of proportion into the disharmony of meaning that soaks through the fabric of existence, our Venus rises forth from horror and remembrance, drained by her rebirth, as murky as the sea that bore her."
Recorded between April and December 2019 by Descend into Despair
Written by Descend into Despair
Guitars, lapsteel recorded at A.P. Roads Studios in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Drums and vocals recorded at Corvin Studios in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Vocals, analogue synths - Xander Coza
Clean Vocals, Lapsteel guitar and field recordings - Florentin Popa
Guitars - Xander Coza, Dragoș C., Cosmin Farcău
Bass - Alex Costin Keyboards and Rhodes Piano - Flaviu Roșca
Drums - Luca Breaz Featuring vocals from Tara Vanflower on track 1
Choir on track 3 by Irina Movileanu, Eva Breaz, Luca Breaz, Florentin Popa
Dialogue on track 3 by Bogdan Neciu and Răzvan Târnovan
Mixed by Indee Rehal Sagoo from March to April 2020 in London, UK
Mastered by Greg Chandler in April 2020 at Priory Recording Studios, Birmingham, UK
Cover artwork photography and concept by Xander Coza, model Melinda Nagy, painting by István Bába, bodypaint by Brigitta Adorjan
Additional album artwork by István Bába Band photography by Eduard Szilagyi, make-up by Ștefania Boțoagă
Doom metal in tone and lyrics steeped in a dark, haunting world. Wicked cover art to magnify this sweet, sweet blackened treat. Abigorum grows stronger by the day.
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