F U L L . R E V I E W S


White Ward
Futility Report
Type: CD
Company: Debemur Morti
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 11/8/2017
Saxophones in black metal, what's happening here?
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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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