Dennis : One would think that this melodic death metal band from Luxembourg was inspired by the main character Desdemona from Shakespeare’s tragedy 'Othello' when they choose their band name Desdedomia, yet it came from quite a different source. The band named themselves after the MS Word font 'Desdemona' and simply added an 'I' to it to make it sound cool. Ever since the band started out in 1994 the line up consisted of the brothers Tom and Marc Dosser on bass guitar and guitar respectively and drummer Tom Michels. With David Wagner who joined the band in 2013 on guitars the line up was completed. In the past twenty-three years Desdemonia released three albums independently, without really standing out from the masses. You know what they say, persistence pays off and thus their fourth full length album 'Anguish' will be released by the Danish Mighty Music record label.
During the Summer and Fall of 2017 the band recorded nine new compositions in their home studio and send them to no one less than Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall) to have the songs mixed and mastered to give the songs the powerful, clear and aggressive sound they needed. And I have to say the band and producer have done an excellent job shaping this album. Desdemonia treats us with a solid slab of melodic death metal with some thrash influences that can be traced back to bands like Amon Amarth, Bolt Thrower, At The Gates and even some Dissection. The songs contain a good dose of melody and are incredibly groovy and catchy but aggressive at the same time. Double bassdrums, pounding drum rhythms, catchy guitar riffs spiced up with great solo’s and some melodic semi-acoustic guitar parts and aggressive vocals by Tom and Marc Dosser are the main ingredients of this fine death metal record. Desdemonia understand their trade and their newest output 'Anguish' is a great example of well thought out death metal compositions with solid musicianship and a big sounding production and I am sure 'Anguish' will finds its’ way to fans of melodic death metal worldwide.