This past March 22nd Brazilian Black Metal duo Despot released the single ‘Artifact’ from their upcoming EP Pictures of the Void. Pictures of the Void will be released March 29th, more details on the upcoming EP to be released soon. This is the first music made available from the band since their 2013 full length album and the first since becoming a two piece band.
Belo Horizonte’s suffocating juxtaposition of greys is where the band had its humble beginnings. As a one-man-band formed by Marcelo Murrer Despot released 3 demos and its debut album, 2013’s Satan in the the Row. Diogo Borges joined the band in 2015, taking over the roles of percussionist and producer.
“Artifact” is available now for download and/or streaming from the band’s bandcamp page as well as a variety of digital music stores such as Amazon, Google Play Music, iTunes & several others. Oh, or just scroll down!
Formed in 2008 by sole member Marcelo Murrer, Despot is a Black Metal band from the infamous city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, homeland of Metal legends Sepultura, Sarcofago, Mutilator and many others. Marcelo’s curriculum includes the extreme and deranged bands Necrocult and Unholy Massacre (1998-2001).
Though the one-man-band shtick has been overplayed and the moniker is understandably associated with juvenile and musically inept bands, Despot’s aggressive music is surprisingly accomplished and mature. Mixing a wide variety of influences from the precursors of Death and Black Metal with a modern and eclectic mindset, the music takes the listeners to an imaginary place in space and time where the evolution of Metal took a different turn. Despot is definitely influenced by the old, cobweb-covered sounds of the seminal Black and Death Metal bands but it abhors tradition – the idea is to re-imagine, re-create what defines those genres, not to repeat what’s already been done.