Raleigh, N.C. 2009: Enter the band, Age Of Despair. With Age Of Despair's twin guitar assault featuring ex-Confessor guitarist Shawn McCoy and second guitarist Marcus William’s swirling, crushing and harmonically diabolical guitars, singer Brian Zuccaro’s primal screams, the powerful precision of drummer Abdala Saghir and bassist Ali Lugo solidly holding down the low end, the music world has been taking notice. One of the bands’ unique points is how their songs churn, drop, rise and then pummel you into the ground. Great metal should be larger than life, heavy and played with emotion. This is the essence of Age Of Despair. The band, currently working on their debut record, is the latest in the strong, talent rich bloodline of the Raleigh, NC music scene which has produced some of metals most influential bands.