Red Descending is a melodic death metal band from Perth, Australia. They were formed in 2003 and they released a demo and a DVD in 2004! Their debut full-length album “Where Dreams Come to Die” came out 4 years later in 2008, receiving great feedback. With the addition of Cabba on guitars (also on Claim the Throne as Baronaxe) the band got a more melodic sound and on August 2011 they released their second album “Kingdoms“.
After listening many times to the album, I came to the conclusion that I can’t easily categorize it. The term melodic death metal, or symphonic melodeath that they use, aren’t also enough to describe them. Red Descending play very melodic death metal with some black metal references, especially in the vocals. They move from mid to fast tempo, but their music isn’t rather extreme in general. Melodic lead guitars and various vocal styles share equally the “burden” of melody. The band experiments a lot with its black / death screams, while they also add nice clean male and female vocals and choirs in a very epic result. They also use a lot of keyboards in various styles and it is one of the basic elements of their music, but their use isn’t that extended to call their sound symphonic… There are many catchy parts in their well-written compositions and the album lasts for almost 60 minutes, including 10 songs. Their sound is very good and clear; I think though they need a more solid and powerful production. All their lyrics are in English, talking about epic fantasy themes.
Red Descending is a very good epic melodic black death metal band that deserves the attention of the genre’s fans. They still remain relatively unknown, but I believe it’s only a matter of advertisement and promotion… Anyway “Kingdoms” is self-released and you can visit their official pages in the links below, if you are interested in getting a taste of their music, or a copy of their albums. On July 2012, Red Descending self-released the DVD “Burned to Death” with live videos of the band, making of and the official video-clip for the song “Burned to Death“.