Review of Descend - "The Deviant"

To be from Stockholm, Sweden or one of its surrounding boroughs is to be from one of metal’s most long-established and storied hot spots; for to hail from the same birthing grounds as such legendary and varied acts as Entombed, Dark Funeral, Amon Amarth, Grand Magus, Watain, Bloodbath, Necrophobic, Katatonia, Candlemass, and Bathory (just to name a few) is to hail from the same home as metal royalty. Hell, even the widdly-wah (and never-ending hair) of Yngwie Malmsteen was born and raised in Stockholm! But seriously, if you’re an aspiring metal musician who happens to live in this celebrated hamlet, then you’ve already got a leg up thanks to the generations of musicians who came before you and made it into the international metal haven that it is today.

Subsequently, the next generation of Stockholm’s metal royalty are well on their way to making their names just as famous as the ones listed above. Up-and-comers such as Enforcer, Saturnalia Temple, Flamekeeper, Avslut, Goatess, Vananidr, Mist of Misery, and Descend have all been gradually building their renown through years and years of solid releases; and the fruits of their labors are beginning to proliferate around the world just as the works of their predecessors did before them.

And thanks to this glorious proliferation made easier by their antecedents, the beautifully delectable progressive/melodic death metal of Descend has officially – and gratefully – made its way to the States, and the headquarters of Hated One Metal Reviews.

Displaying influential airs ranging from Between the Buried and Me to Rivers of Nihil to Ne Obliviscaris to Katatonia and beyond, Descend’s forthcoming third full-length, The Deviant, is poised to break this already deep-rooted act wide open on the international scene. Containing seven sprawling new cuts that amaze and mesmerize from alpha to omega, The Deviant is far and away one of the most intriguing and beguiling albums of 2020, now or to come.

Inflected at times by auspiciously resplendent horns, acoustics, and guest female vocals, Descend’s The Deviant is pure progressive metal genius. Covering an array of impassioned and melancholy moods, tones, dynamics, and feels, each song presents its own uniquely gratifying journey for the listener, but if pressured to pick favorites, the amazing twists and turns of “Blood Moon” and the spine-tingling allure of “Wallow” would be the absolute must-listens.

On the whole, though, The Deviant is truly greater than the sum of its parts, and is an album that emphatically begs to be listened to in its entirety, so don’t skip one nanosecond of this fantastic effort once it is officially released to the public on June 26th, 2020. You will not regret doing so.

To listen to “Blood Moon” from The Deviant, just press play below, and don’t forget to visit the band’s pages, show Descend some love, and order a copy for yourself if you like what you’ve read and what you’re about to hear! \m/

Release Date: June 26th, 2020 (Aftermath Music)

Genre: Progressive/Melodic Death

Influences and Contemporaries: Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, Ne Obliviscaris, Katatonia, At the Gates, Martriden, Rivers of Nihil, Obscura, Black Crown Initiate, Svengahli

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