Back in 2015, I reviewed the last EP by Deathwhite. In it, I remarked how I assumed they would be a band I should like but that the EP just wasn’t quite good enough. I closed by saying they were a band to “keep an eye on” and they might be a force someday. That day has arrived today. Deathwhite has released their first full length album “For a Black Tomorrow” and WOW, I was right! They have officially grown into a force to be reckoned with.
Deathwhite channel Katatonia’s vibe, the vocal prowess of The Chant and atmosphere of Anathema and still put their own spin on it all. The album starts off with an excellent 1-2 punch of “The Grace of the Dark” and “Contrition.” The riffs are crunchy, the vocals are powerful and the drumming is on point.
The music is varied enough. Plenty of melody and darkness in each song but each song is still very unique from the rest. As I always say, it’s about the song. These are some excellent, well written songs. From the acoustic/electric balance of “Poisoned” to the subtle power of “Eden” (that riff!) to the ethereal majesty of “Death and the Master” (think Primordial goes prog), you think that Deathwhite must run out of great songs but no, they just keep coming through out the album! The band are anonymous which is cool but whoever they are, the riffs and the notes hit by the vocalist are equally amazing!
“For a Black Tomorrow” is exactly what I wanted from that EP in 2015. Three years on, Deathwhite have emerged as an amazing band that everyone needs to check out. I was saddened when Katatonia went on hiatus and I’ve been disappointed with the last few Anathema albums. Deathwhite has stepped firmly into that void for me. “For a Black Tomorrow” is one of the best albums of 2017 so far, without question.
1. The Grace of the Dark
4. Just Remember
6. Dreaming the Inverse
7. Death and the Master
8. Prison of Thought
9. For a Black Tomorrow
Label: Season of Mist
Release Date: 23 February 2018