Today, Debemur Morti Productions are thrilled to announce the release of WHITE WARD’s compilation “Origins” for the first time on CD, vinyl, and tape. Originally self-released by the Ukrainian Avantgarde Black Metal band in digital format in the year 2016, “Origins” assembles nearly all of WHITE WARD’s early compositions and grants the listener a unique insight into the formative period of the band.
For mastermind Yurii this release is not only of historical value, but also a sort of starting point which set the tone for the development of the band:
“We are really excited about releasing the physical issue of the “Origins” compilation. All these songs are our history, and they are especially important for us. While listening to these songs you can trace the history of our development and changes in style from the very beginning of the WHITE WARD story. Also, we are happy to give our fans the possibility to listen to these songs in highest quality and with special vinyl mastering. This compilation is a prelude to our new releases during the year 2021.“
“Origins” track list:
01. Walls MMXV
02. When Gift Becomes Damnation
03. Inhale My Despair
04. Drowned In Cold
05. Nautical Child
06. Depths Of Arcane
08. Guilty If I
09. World Of The Closed Graves
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.
Exploring themes of borderline death states, aberrant afterlife worlds, and strange mental disorders, the WHITE WARD sound adapts the expansiveness of instrumental jazz and the depths of existential despair. After recording their first full-length album, “Futility Report“, and being signed to Debemur Morti Productions, WHITE WARD is primed to embark much further on their divergent sonic journey.
The band continues to evolve and change directions with their second release, “Love Exchange Failure“. Dark-jazz aesthetics appear more vibrant and deeper than ever before, while elements of Blackened Death, Prog, and Black Metal scream out in an intense fury over vicious blast beats, courtesy of new drummer Noctum! Recorded at Checkpoint and Lipkyzvukozapys studios, “Love Exchange Failure” boasts the bands most lush and professional sound to date.
Lyrical themes explore new dimensions, diving into the abyss of human psyche instead of creating Lovecraft-inspired worlds. The atmosphere is still dark and dreadful, but it is no longer something abstract and unreal, with the problems discussed in “Love Exchange Failure” affecting everyone to some extent.
With their newest record, WHITE WARD evolve and sink deeper into ebon pools of dark, auditory desolation.