Descend are a band from Sweden that plays a very melodic and progressive form of death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Wither" which was released by Inverse Records.
The album starts off with drums and dark melodic guitar riffs and solos and a few seconds later progressive parts are brought in along with some heavier elements, screams and growls and as time goes on by acoustic guitars and melodic vocals are added into the mix.
As the album progresses the music starts sounding more heavy and modern along with some technical elements as well as a small amount of Opeth influence and you can also hear a lot of power in the bass guitars along with a mixture of clean and heavy parts and you can hear some fast and brutal parts being utilized at times.
When the band uses acoustic guitars you can hear traces of 70's progressive rock and they will come in after the music goes though its brutal phase and it also calms the chaos the music creates at times and after the instrumental you can hear some black metal influences being brought into the music as well as some spoken word parts.
Descend show a lot of color and character with their music they can be very heavy, brutal and dark at times while also being melodic and progressive and when they bring in acoustic guitars they also show they know how to play their instruments very well.
Song lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Descend are a very great sounding melodic and progressive death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Confined By Evil" "Severence" and "Sundown". 8/5 out of 10.