Shroud Of Despondency might be a USBM band but as I’ve stated before that doesn’t really say too much about the band’s music as that definition includes a variety of different sounds. SoD seems to work very much with different atmospheres. I like the contrasts this can create. In the case of SoD they go from the sombre to the serene to the chaotic (sometime within the same song). This wide spectre of emotions creates a wide array of sounds that combined makes for a perfect canvas to paint on. But it also makes for a harder journey emotionally where you never know where you’ll end up. “Pine” might be more direct than previous SoD records but that doesn’t mean that it is a simpler record. This is still as challenging as all their previous efforts, just in a different way. “Pine” is a fine slab of black metal. Anders Ekdahl

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