Desolation are a band from Germany that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of black/death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Desoriented" which was released by Rebellion Records Germany.
"Home Is Where The Heart Is" which is also the first song on the album begins with heavy guitar riffs, drums, synths and a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams before adding in some melodic guitar leads that come in and out of the song and a few seconds alter the music speeds up in some parts along with some blast beats and you can also hear the bass guitars at times.
"Dorothy' starts up with some melodic guitars riffs, drums, synths and a mixture of black metal and death metal vocals and it leads to some heavier parts and after awhile the music starts utilizing some symphonic elements as well before adding in some guitar solos and leads along with some clean singing vocals while also keeping around the growls and screams before adding in some spoken word parts.
"Desorientated" which is also the title track begins with heavy guitar riffs, drums, synths and blackened death metal vocals and a few seconds alter guitar leads start coming in and out of the song as well as a brief use of spoken word parts before getting heavy again along with a small amount of blast beats which also lead to some high pitched screams and growls before alternating between fast and slow parts.
"On Bloodshed" begins with some symphonic synths and a few seconds alter, drums, melodic guitar riffs and black metal screams make their way into the song along with some death metal growls and a minute later guitar leads start coming in and out of the song as well as a brief use of whispers and towards the end the bass guitars start utilizing more power.
"L'auberge d'esolation" kicks off with psychedelic sounds before adding in guitars, drums, synths and melodic vocals as well as some melodic guitar riffing and progressive sounding bass which also leads to growls and screams to kick in and after awhile guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song before adding in some fast parts and blast beats for a few seconds along with a small amount of female spoken words.
"The Sainthood Of the Fallen" opens up with symphonic synths and heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before adding in some growls as well as some screams and a minute later guitar solos start coming in briefly along with some doom metal influences.
"Ava Maria" hits off with some classical style violins before adding in some drums, heavy guitars and spoken word parts which lead up to some black metal screams as well as some death metal growls a few seconds alter before adding in some guitar solos and leads and halfway through the song there is some power being added into the bass guitars.
"Contagion" makes its way in with symphonic synths, drums, heavy bass and guitar riffs along with some growls and screams and then the guitar riffing starts utilizing some melody as well as putting in some spoken word parts, halfway through the song there is a brief sue of melodic clean singing vocals being utilized briefly and towards the end there is a small amount of blast beats being utilized and the song closes with some clean guitars.
"Agnus Dei" comes in with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some synths, blast beats and black metal screams and a minute alter the music goes into a more mid paced direction along with some growls before alternating between fast and mid paced parts as well as adding in some slower sections and guitar leads and a minute alter melodic vocal make their presence known for a few seconds.
"Iche Hassee Ein Bisschen Die Welt" which is also the last song on the album begins with powerful bass before adding in melodic guitar riffs and drums along with some synths black metal vocals along with some growls a few seconds later and halfway through the song guitar solos and leads start coming into the song
Song lyrics are written in a mixture of German and English and cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Desolation are a very great sounding symphonic and melodic black/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Home Is Where The Heart Is" "L'auberge d'esolation" "The Sainthood Of the Fallen" and "Agnus Dei". RECOMMENDED BUY.