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Absence of Despair 'Desolate' Album Review by Allyson Kingsley

Absence of Despair

Desolate

Release: September 13, 2019

Album Review by Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

Joe Reynolds: Vocals

Tyler Caruso: Guitar/Vocals

Dillon Desimone: Guitar

Mike Perrotta: Drums

 

Rhode Island is indeed the smallest state in the USA and we are located next to Massachusetts and Connecticut, both of which are equally miserable by the way. I've often wondered why all three states have not just converged into one to give us a fighting chance economically. Aside from my dig at the tri-state area's horrible politics and economics, I am biased in that we have some of the very best musicians and a heavy metal scene that is alive and thriving. I am proud to review the new album Desolate by Providence-based Absence of Despair. Since their formation in 2008, they have been slaying stages and working diligently to maintain a pedal to the floor experience. I can attest to the fact that their stage presence commands the utmost respect as they give 100 percent of their talent and energy to the crowd.

 

Desolate is a potent album that speaks to us of the human condition. Vocalist Joe Reynolds says: “Desolate‚Äč is focused on gaining the strength to look at obstacles in your life and overcome them. Each song represents a different side or emotion of a person and tells the story of what’s going through their head. At the end of the day, we want the listener to find meaning in themselves and the world around them.”

 

This Providence RI act has unleashed a blistering record of high energy metal that takes their influences from a multitude of areas. There is a density and opacity to the sound that enables all the songs to be brutal and heavy. Opener "Esc" sets the scene for a pulverizing assault via 12 formidable songs.The metalcore touches are present with well-placed breakdown riffs and throaty raging vocals and seems to generally veer close to thrash.

 

"Shadowbreaker" adds some atmospheric effects to the mix and seems to augment the sound rather nicely. There’s a scintillating sense of passion and liveliness to the album, an atmosphere of urgent honesty that’s palpable and unmistakably their own.

 

Desolate has been a joy to listen to. Absence of Despair have put out a record that’s inviting, invigorating, and interesting, worthy of many loud spins.

 

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