This album reminds me of the scene from The Shawshank Redemption when Andy puts on the opera album and plays it over the loud speaker. His friends hear it and have no idea what they’re hearing, but Andy hears true beauty and finds a piece of heaven while it plays.
Favorite track: Manifestations of the Divine Root.
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
All tracks written and recorded by Fórn.
Chris Pinto - Vocals
Joey Gonzalez - Guitar, Electronics
Brian Barbaruolo - Bass, Guitar
Christian Donaldson - Drums
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 is about as good as OSDM gets, to be honest. Blood Incantation are quickly building a pretty flawless discography of modern classics and every release just improves and evolves their sound. Stellar stuff (literally). Colin Kauffman