In the nowadays metal scene, there are such a huge variety of categories that could go from the most common and well know heavy metal, to the most elaborate sub genera such the DSBM (please google to know what does the acronym means).
The problem with this, is that the songs tends to be extremely complicated, with tons of instruments and what is probably the worst characteristic, an unnecessary polished sound, making a no human sound.
Having said that, people like me, have no other option, but pick for a more minimalist and more riff based music. In that vein, I introduce to you guys: Deathwhite, a metal band commonly labeled as a Dark Metal.
I won’t try to discuss if that label is the most adequate for this band, but Instead, I would like to focus a little bit more into the music of their EP: Solitary Martyr. This work consists on 5 songs with standard duration (about 5 minutes each), and a very decent production, that in fact, remarks the melodies that identifies each song.
The songs on this material are minimalist, nevertheless with a incredibly musicality, intelligent arrangements and very catchy guitar melodies. Something that I was attracted from the very beginning, I must admit, was the voice, because highlight so well the melancholy of the lyrics, and complements perfectly the atmosphere of each songs.
Although that during the whole album (specially in songs like “Vain“), you can hear all the influence from Katatonia and My dying bride, is fantastic that songs like “Suffer Abandonment” does includes very heavy intros, that reminds to 90’s sound from bands like Iced Earth and Nevermore.
Deathwhite has just signed with season of the mist, and their new material is just about to be released. I strongly recommend to be pending of this, since I’m very sure that, just as Katatonia’s The Fall of Hearts, was one of the best 3 albums of 2016, this one has very high chances to reach the same success.
I hope you enjoy this review, and be pending for more, since some interesting material has been released over the past weeks.