As a second song from the coming album, WHITE WARD unveil the over six-minute-long composition ‘Cronus‘. On it, the Black Metal experimentalists transcend arbitrary genre borders and combine seemingly unorthodox elements fluently with each other – perfectly aligning Black Metal, Jazz, and alternative Rock into a captivating experience.
Guitarist Yurii narrates about the unusual beginning of the track:
“On an early version, the opening of the track was even ‘lighter’ than it is now. At first, I had just a clean guitar part in my head, but it sounded too simple and empty for me. So, we decided to add a piano as well as more reverb and distort the sound of the guitar on the sax section with some shoegaze blur. The overall idea was to create an ANATHEMA-like vibe and combine it with Vitaliy’s vocals.”
Lyrically, the song uses the symbols and metaphors of the ancient Cronus saga to tell a story of police violence and the abuse of power. Vocalist and lyricist Andrii notes:
“The name of the song refers to the story of Cronus eating his children. The state machine also devours its infants, especially those who seem dangerous to the current order of things. It is blind and emotionless. Thus, even such innocent citizens as a five-year-old boy fall victim to the state apparatus. These ancient texts and legends are the background of every culture. Therefore, they play a role in WHITE WARD as well. However, their appearance is not always obvious and visible. This does not only account for our Art, but also concerning everything that surrounds us. There are lots of movies, paintings or pieces of writing that refer to ancient myths.”
“False Light” will be released on CD (digipack & limited digibook), tape, vinyl and digitally on June 17th. Different merch designs will accompany the album as t-shirt (men/women), long sleeves and hooded sweatshirt. Pre-orders for the album and merch are possible via the label’s EU, US (no merchandising) and Bandcamp shops.
WHITE WARD, from Odessa, Ukraine performs intensely deviant music of a noir shade.
Formed in 2012 and taking root in raw depressive Black Metal, the band rapidly shed all boundaries, taking inspiration from an array of dark atmospheres including the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and I.M. Banks. The band’s excellent early recordings were compiled into the “Origins” compilation released in 2016.
First full-length “Futility Report” was released in 2017 by Debemur Morti Productions to instant critical acclaim. Exploring themes of borderline death states, aberrant afterlife worlds, and strange mental disorders, the WHITE WARD sound had evolved into a unique mix of Post-Black Metal, deeply emotive soundscapes and expansive dark-Jazz atmospheres utilising perfectly fitting saxophone motifs.
WHITE WARD continued to evolve in distinctive directions with 2019’s much-admired “Love Exchange Failure“: the dark-Jazz aesthetics more vibrant and deeper than before, the elements of blackened Death, Progressive and Black Metal – propelled by new drummer Noctum – now more furiously intense and complex. Lyrically the record explored more universal, less-abstract dimensions, diving into the abyss of the human psyche atop the band’s most lush and professional sound to date.
In 2021, WHITE WARD composed and recorded two new songs to celebrate the 200th release of their label Debemur Morti Productions. A continuation of the band’s progressive Black Metal experimentalism, the new EP “Debemur Morti” features Lars Nedland (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD) on additional vocals.
Just one year later, in June 2022, the Ukrainian Black Metal innovators are prepared to unleash their third album, “False Light“, incorporating and intertwining various influences into a potent and dystopian mix. “False Light” is an indispensable record from a stunning band at the top of their game, skillfully giving form to urban angst and the writings of Mykhailo Kotsubinsky, a famous Ukrainian writer of the early 20th century.
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