Woods of Desolation, a project outfitted in Australia from the nearly anonymous D., delivers a formula of black metal within the scope of depressive-tinted expressions. Like the outlets of its number of contemporaries, the project is not limited to the lyrical themes as it is sharply detected throughout the conveyance of the instruments, atmosphere. The projects from Woods of Desolation have offered the sense of rawness and “reaching” that is funneled through intense percussion and the presence of solemn, yet dynamic electric guitar wailing.
Woods of Desolation’s Torn Beyond Reason. Image courtesy: metal-archives.com
Other tracks are less dynamic in their showing as they can leave listeners inclined to solely absorb the atmosphere; in particular, this is demonstrated with the title track. Listeners familiar with Austere will find the Woods of Desolation Australian contemporary a holder of more direct despair and hurt channeled through the screaming. Another difference is that some of Austere’s tracks includes a more melodious layering; Woods of Desolation relies more on the “stripped” appeal of black metal constructs.
With its consistent deliverance, Torn Beyond Reason seems fit for examining and entertaining dismal emotion through its dark performance. The production of the album is of a recognizable quality, which rises Woods of Desolation’s “underground” status for distinct appeal within the depressive scope of black metal.