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Shape Of Despair - Return To The Void



8.1 | 148 votes |
Release date: 25 February 2022
Style: Funeral doom metal

Owners:

42 have it
20 want it


01. Return To The Void
02. Dissolution
03. Solitary Downfall
04. Reflection In Slow Time
05. Forfeit
06. The Inner Desolation

Top 20 albums of 2022: 16

Line-up
Henri "Kaamos" Koivula - vocals
Natalie Koskinen - vocals
Jarno Salomaa - guitars, keyboards
Tomi Ullgrén - guitars
Samu Ruotsalainen - drums
Sami Uusitalo - bass

Additional info
Produced by Shape Of Despair.
Mixed at Beat Domination Studio.
Mastered at Chartmakers West.

Staff review by
X-Ray Rod
Rating:
8.2
The void from that artwork sure looks inviting.

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published 06.05.2022 | Comments (4)

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Comments: 19   Visited by: 436 users
17.11.2021 - 17:17
Maco
Pvt Funderground
About time.
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26.11.2021 - 15:56
skeksis25

Finally...
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22.01.2022 - 00:19
gloomydoom

After listening to the available tracks on Bandcamp I can tell this will be good!
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22.01.2022 - 16:02
Rating: 8
Neachy

Written by gloomydoom on 22.01.2022 at 00:19

After listening to the available tracks on Bandcamp I can tell this will be good!

Yeah, this is easily the most promising upcoming release of the year so far.
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22.01.2022 - 18:01
antvre

Holy shit i had no idea they were making a new one!
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28.01.2022 - 19:35
flipthecoin

Written by Neachy on 22.01.2022 at 16:02

Written by gloomydoom on 22.01.2022 at 00:19

After listening to the available tracks on Bandcamp I can tell this will be good!

Yeah, this is easily the most promising upcoming release of the year so far.



I mean one of the most promising for sure, but Cult of Luna's new album is looking to be an absolute masterpiece as well. Their Cold Burn track literally gave me shivers and made me tear up on my first listen lol, especially the 7 min and onward mark of the track.

Those two albums will most likely be in my top 10 by the end of the year, will have to wait on the full release though!🤘
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25.02.2022 - 11:54
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Solid good slow and heavy in music composition, vocals funeral doom. One of greatest FD bands, really good album, a bit better as Skepticism. More melodic, more faster. Skepticism was a bit slower. But then this is better but boat are good.
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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25.02.2022 - 13:38
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
This is a decent and successful funeral doom album, which means that it leaves me feeling emotionless and empty inside, like I'm lost in a void of misery and deep depression for which there is no escape. Which is exactly what I expected it to do
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25.02.2022 - 13:58
Rating: 9
mz

Did a bit of skimming through the record (as much as that is possible for a funeral doom metal record) and seems like they are as emotionally potent as ever. Can't wait to get completely soaked in the sad beauty of this band again.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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25.02.2022 - 14:25
Rating: 8
Neachy

Due to the timing of this release, can't help but listen as if it's a dirge for Ukraine. Fuck authoritarianism (bold stance, I know).
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25.02.2022 - 15:07
skeksis25

Solid record. It's very accesible for a funeral doom record, only 57 minutes
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25.02.2022 - 20:54
Rating: 9
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Shape of Despair are just too good. Fantastic release
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25.02.2022 - 21:20
Rating: 8
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
This album is great. Sure they brought nothing new to the table but they are MASTERS of their craft. And that craft is making guitar leads with few notes that make you weep in an instant.

Written by Neachy on 25.02.2022 at 14:25

Due to the timing of this release, can't help but listen as if it's a dirge for Ukraine. Fuck authoritarianism (bold stance, I know).


I thought the same, man. The timing could be a coincidence but... Shit, it feels like a warm hug that I need.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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26.02.2022 - 03:38
Rating: 10
miasmicvoid

Is it too early to declare my album of the year?
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14.03.2022 - 13:30
Rinbel

If despair would have an actual shape, it would be something like this album. Sorrow can be very powerful but not everyone gets to master it like these guys do.

Rating: LOVE 🤍🤍
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18.03.2022 - 10:21
Dylan 1974

I enjoyed this. It's what you'd expect from Shape Of Despair - solid atmospheric funeral, but the hype is inflated. It isn't as strong as previous releases.
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01.05.2022 - 21:58
Rating: 7
Mr. Mackey

Must admit that I expected and hoped for more... Good songs, but for me it completely lacks those spine crushing emotional sounds from the previous release.
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07.06.2022 - 16:06
bgcasio

Weak, much weaker than the previous one, unfortunately. wasted 7 years… the previous one was a masterpiece, and this one is a hastily made sequin. Nothing interesting except 2 songs.
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08.07.2022 - 17:24
Rating: 8
tintinb

Melancholic and emotional experience, listening to this album. Good funeral doom.
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Leeches everywhere.
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