Company: Debemur Morti
Reviewer: Greg Watson
I was totally blown away by what I heard upon listening to 'Futility Report', the band's debut full-length album. Depressive black metal is melded with post black metal and Jazz to create a very unique musical palette. The black metal is cold and empty like a frozen wasteland while the post black metal is crisp and clean. Then comes the saxophone, yes I said saxophone. The jazzy tones of the saxophone take this album to a completely different level. I can see this being similar to some of Ulver's later material when they were moving more toward their experimental side. The whole album melds this different sound throughout, creating some truly unique and very evocative compositions. The vocals are a mix of classic and post black metal screams and wails and really compliment the different sounds the album showcases. The production is really well done, allowing everything to shine individually and as a cohesive unit as well. This isn't your typical black metal, so don't go in expecting angry bees and painful screams. The difference on this album is really refreshing and I cannot wait to see what is up next for White Ward.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.