Deathwhite – Solitary Martyr

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.

Band information:

http://deathwhite.com/

https://www.facebook.com/deathwhiteofficial/

https://deathwhite.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Monstrance – World on Its Knees: Rise of the Metal in music and spirit

Well guys, Monstrance gave us once again another damn blast from the past, and we weren’t prepared for such an amazing song. As you know, my last entry was about the rebirth of organic, raw and honest metal music; and as you can see, Monstrance was included on that list, well guys, I was not wrong at all.

Metal music lately has lost one of their vital columns: Content, Philosophy, Message, etc. I remember back in the 90’s that metal was all about rebellion, about society, about real matters, you know. I’m ok with the content of the current bands, but it’s hard to imagine that none of those bands are truly worried about the things on the world today. But without any warning, Monstrance has released this killer melodic metal song, with a straight to your face lyrics.

The melodies on the song invite to rebellion, to stand up and fight for your principles. Metal should not be plane and shallow , although Monstrance brings back this feeling, with a musicality of the highest levels.

There is no doubt that Monstrance will bring back the true metal among the community anytime soon. I’m personally impatient to hear a whole album recorded by this band, hopefully they going to be on the track of this very soon.
Please check their official sites and support them:

https://www.facebook.com/monstranceofficial

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCENrJuSOjpmkMdoB6TkeFWQ

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Should Metal music be attached to any specific subject?

Ok, I know that it’s been a long time since the last time I actually wrote something, and this could be mainly because I have been too much busy, or maybe, because there is nothing special going on in the metal scene lately, which is actually sad.

Well, since there is nothing important to discuss honestly, I would like to know your opinion about something:  Should be Metal music and lyrics be attached to a specific subject? I mean, if you’re playing in a Grind Core band, you should write lyrics exclusively about dead, murder, blood, etc.? Or what about Doom, Gothic? What if you’re feeling happy? Would you still write sad and depressing content? Would that be honest?

I don’t know you guys but I definitely don’t believe that music should be attached to an specific subject, I think that sooner or later, it’s going to be boring, think a little bit about Fear Factory. I love FF so much, but is quite annoying to know that much of their lyrics are about the same subject: Man vs Machine, and yeah in the 90’s that was so fucking great, but right now, at least for me, is not that interesting. To be honest with you guys, the best FF album, is Archetype, and is basically, along with transgression, the only two albums not associated with man vs machine subject.

I have to say, I’m huge supporter of the free speech in music, so as you already know, one of my past entries, was about Christian content in Extreme metal, once again, what is your opinion about that? Moreover, what is your opinion about NSBM (National socialist Black Metal)? I don’t like that content at all, I don’t agree with them neither, but only because of that should I condemn that scene?

How to know the boundary of be honest and keep yourself faithful to your ideals? And, when is enough to write lyrics only with shock value purposes? Or only to tell about the book you loved?

Well, I would love to know your opinions, please share it in the comment box, or on my Facebook page facebook.com/granulum.music

Thanks for reading, and see you next time around!!!…