Wisconsin's Shroud Of Despondency have returned with a new recording that shows them moving away from black metal on focusing more on a progressive neo-folk style and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "Moon From The Mountain".
Acoustic guitars start off the album and after awhile keyboards are added onto the recording along with some distorted yet melodic guitar leads and the music also brings in progressive and psychedelic elements at times which also gives the recording more of a 70's feeling along with a the tracks being all instrumental.
With this recording Shroud of Despondency moves way from their more black metal orientated music and creates an album t hat is all instrumental and is in more of a progressive neo-folk style and the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording.
Influences of classical and folk music can be heard on the recording while also having the atmosphere of a movie soundtrack and heavy guitar riffing can also be heard at times and as the album progresses the music starts getting more symphonic and the acoustic guitars also bring in a great mixture of finger picking and full chords.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Shroud Of Despondency and will some black metal fans might not like the new style, I still feel this is a very great sounding progressive neo-folk album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bank Full of Roses" "Stray Bird Shiver" and "The Most Poisonous Flies". 8 out of 10.