Futility Report

White Ward - Futility Report
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May 12, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Debemur Morti / Label
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Metal Injection

White Ward are pushing the boundaries of black metal, growing the instrumentation and encouraging us to keep delving ever deeper to find that ultimate band. Avant-garde but never alienating, this is the sort of group that you can fall in love with.


I really like the mix of jazz and blackgaze; the idea itself is already cool, but the realisation made it even better. I honestly waited for more wall of sound (since it;s blackgaze), so I was really impressed by hearing a great groovy riff in 'Stillborn Knowledge', it reminded me of the album New Bermuda by Deafheaven. Most songs are just simple blackgaze that goes hard, then soft, then hard, then soft and etc. It's just nice, y'know, like the whole album is, pretty much. If it's had more ... read more


Felt like I was sitting in some banquet room in a high rise building overlooking the city, listening to soft jazz. Then a huge thunderstorm smothers the surrounding area, and the jazz musicians start playing relentless, brutal metal. Awesome stuff!


The lead-off track, “Deviant Shapes”, covers an astonishing amount of ground: there’s electronics and drum machines before heading into more standard black metal fare. But then it quiets down, and in comes, get this, a sax solo. Saxophone winds up appearing on every track on this album, by the way. This is followed up by a rapid hi-hat hit early-to-mid-2000’s Indie drum beat before another sax lead comes in. In fact, I hear more early-to-mid 2000’s influence in ... read more

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Track List

  1. Deviant Shapes
  2. Stillborn Knowledge
  3. Homecoming
  4. Rain as Cure
  5. Black Silent Piers
  6. Futility Report
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Added on: April 9, 2017