was created in 1995, from the ashes of the death metal band Perished (initialy
founded in 1993).
band started exploring the doom/death metal genre, and released his
first demo tape « As
my Soul reaches Infinity » in
the end of 1998, the band toured in France and composed enough material
to enter the studio and record his debut album... Unfortunately, several
band members decided to leave the band for some musical reasons, only a
few weeks before entering the studio.
1998 and 2002, DESPOND
remained the individual project of Richard Loudin, vocalist and founding
member. During this period, Richard Loudin wrote and composed brand new
songs, in a darker and more extreme doom metal genre.
« Supreme Funeral Oration »,
this album was recorded between October 2001 and July 2003, by Richard
Loudin for most of the instruments (vocals, guitars, drums,
keyboards) and Jonathan Thery (bass).
August 2002, DESPOND
reformed with a brand new line-up including musicians from the doom/death
metal band Ataraxie, and the former DESPOND’s
The debut album « Supreme Funeral Oration » was finally released in July 2003 by french label Haceldama Productions. In the same period, and after the show in London, the band parted ways and Richard Loudin is now the only member left.
will be the 10 years anniversary for DESPOND...