Celebrating the 200th DMP release, Black Metal experimentalists WHITE WARD composed a two-track EP fittingly titled “Debemur Morti”. Debemur Morti Productions proudly present the title track, featuring not only neo-jazz saxophone arrangements and Black Metal ferociousness, but also clear guest vocals by well-known Lars Nedland (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD).
Mastermind Yurii comments on this new song:
“The compositional process started with a riff, but soon afterwards I seriously broke my arm and was not able to play guitar. But sometimes your desire and power are stronger than any physical issues, so I finally decided to compose all the music only with computer software. To my surprise, it worked! So, all you hear in this song, besides the first riff, was composed by me without guitar and with one hand. It was a real challenge for me as a composer, and now I am very happy that I was able to cope with it and that I did not disappoint the other guys from the band as well as, of course, Phil from DMP.“
The nine-minute-long song can now be streamed on Bandcamp and on the YouTube channel of Debemur Morti Productions.
The chance to work together with Lars Nedland came as a great surprise to the band:
“We contacted Lars almost the same time the idea of the new EP was born. Phil talked to Lars when he ordered our records, and Lars told him that he would not mind recording some vocals for us. Of course, we agreed! We were almost shocked a little bit, and it is an honor for us. I almost never have a clear vision of a new song’s structure when I begin composing. It all grows spontaneously. I just knew this time that I wanted a part with clean vocals, so I started trying some different ideas. I think these epic clean vocals are totally successful. We are happy with the result and proud of it. We hope that one day we will be able to perform this song live together with Lars”, narrates Yurii.
“Debemur Morti” track listing:
01. Debemur Morti
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.