“If you are looking for original, aggressive, and highly melancholic Metal music with wide boundaries, look no further and pick up a copy of “False Light“.” (Infernal Masquerade)
On “False Light“, WHITE WARD present a stirring mélange of fast-pacing Extreme Metal passages, intelligently designed detours with progressive hooks and clear vocals as well as jazzy noir sounds, ambient moments and Alternative Rock passages. Thus, their third album perfectly balances tension and traction, restraint and resurgence, fatalism and focus into an indispensable record.
A few days before its official release, Debemur Morti Productions present the full album stream of “False Light” on the label’s YouTube channel:
Composer and guitarist Yurii narrates about the musical development since “Love Exchange Failure“:
“The changes in the sound are directly related to the global changes in the atmosphere that we wanted to convey on “False Light“. If “Love Exchange Failure” was about the vibe of ‘midnight city noir’, then on “False Light” we moved the scenery to rural grounds and tried to create a dry neo-noir daymare. This is also the reason why we use new instruments, elements, sounds and sonic approaches which you can definitely hear on the album. Our main development was the much more serious and responsible approach when preparing for the recording sessions and the studio work. In the end, this preparation gifted us with a much better result with which we are very pleased!“
“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.