Despot are a duo from Brazil that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw, atmospheric and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 ep "Pictures Of the Void".
Spoken word parts which also are used on other songs as well start off the ep before going into more of a raw and melodic black metal direction and a few seconds alter the music speeds up and adds in blast beats and grim screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in growls at times.
Half of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also heat both death and thrash metal influences in the guitar riffing at times and when solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks also bring in a small amount of clean playing and synths and clean singing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Despot creates a recording that is very raw, melodic, epic and atmospheric and the music goes for more of a 90's style of black metal but done with more of an up to date approach and the music also incorporates elements of thrash and death metal to make the songs really stand out, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Atheism and Literature.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Despot and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bound Forever" and "Bastard Hive". 8 out of 10.
"Artifact" Single (Promo Video): www.youtube.com/watch?v=VChS0nltWnQ