Despot are a 1 man band from Brazil that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw, melodic and atmospheric form of black metal with elements of death metal and this is a review of his self released 2013 album "Satan In the Death Row".
Dark sound effects start off the recording along with some synths and they bring an epic feeling to the recording and after the intro the music goes into a fast and raw black metal direction along with blast beats and high pitched screams and you can also hear a good amount of melody and atmosphere in the music along with some death metal growls being utilized at times and you can also hear a small amount of experimental elements being added into certain sections of the recording.
As the album progresses clean singing is added into certain sections of the recording along with more death metal influences and the guitar solos and leads also having a technical feeling to them when they are utilized, after awhile traces of 80's Brazilian black/death metal become a huge part of the recording and you can also hear a small amount of spoken word parts being utilized on some of the tracks.
When we get more into the album the songs start getting a bit more diverse and you can hear a good amount of old school thrash metal influences being utilized in the guitar riffing along with some of the vocals adding crust style growls in the black metal screams, once acoustic guitars are brought in briefly the album starts having an even more epic feeling but they are only used rarely and the album focuses more on fast and heavy parts while also adding in traces of traditional metal and a good amount of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Despot show a great amount of growth and diversity with this album and while it is self released it has the same quality of sound some of the bigger label black metal bands have and could become a well known name in the future is he keeps up this progress, the production sounds very professional and the lyrics cover Satanism, Atheism and literature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Despot and i would recommend it to all fans of black metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Matriarch" "Satan In The Death Row" and "Egregious". 9 out of 10.