This is an album you just have to be in the right mood for. Yes it's long, really long and not meant for instant gratification. But if you can set some time aside for it, it's very rewarding. A death doom album for a rainy day.
Favorite track: Scrying Below the Wolf Moon.
Their first proper full-length after a series of EPs and singles, Rites of Despair is the resulting vision of two years' worth of tumult, including relocations, lineup changes, life and death. Divided between two Acts, Act I: Depersonalization & Act II: Derealization, Rites of Despair explores themes of isolation, depression, decay, tumultuous self discovery, and abandonment. Tracking and engineering was completed by both Alec Rodriguez at New Alliance in Cambridge, MA, as well as Andrew Oswald at Secret Bathroom in Oakland, CA. Mastering completed by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna.
As tradition, Rites of Despair contains artwork from the vision of Bryan Clovenhoov Proteau, who has worked with Fórn on imagery for all of their solo releases to date.
released September 21, 2018
Brian Barbaruolo - bass, guitars
Christian Donaldson - drums
Joey Gonzalez - guitars, electronics
Chris Pinto - vocals
All tracks written and performed by Fórn.
Lane Oshi - vocals/synth/co-writer on track 1
Brandon Terzakis - guitars/co-writer on tracks 2, 3, 5, 6
Madalynn Collura - vocals on track 4
Jessica Way - vocals/lyrics on track 10, vocals on track 11
Alec Rodriguez - auxiliary percussion on tracks 9, 11
All music recorded, engineered and mixed by Alec Rodriguez at New Alliance Studios in Cambridge, MA.
Vocals recorded by Andrew Oswald at Secret Bathroom in Oakland, CA.
Vocals on track 4 recorded by Nick Lambert
All tracks mastered by Magnus Lindberg
Artwork by Clovenhoov
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this band so far can do no wrong. this is an album people will be talking about for years and years to come. it's an instant classic. it has everything you want in a death metal record. this is a must have album and my album of the year in 2019 kittyandpooch
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Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle are not playing opposites, nor even allies on this record. They are constantly swapping roles and spotlights. At times, Rundle leads while Thou backs. At others, Thou is center stage. It's a magnificent, ego-less union. felixwav