White Ward - False Light
6d ago
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White Ward just continue to impress. With a very unique style of black metal that borders on blackgaze while incorporating synthwave and jazz, this band is on track to become one of the heavy hitters in the genre. Everything is well put together and works on every level. Some parts of songs are more restrained with saxophone passages, while others feel closer to a modern darkwave electronic act. The black metal moments kick in and are extreme and moving, even including some great guitar solos.
At over an hour in length this record could seem like a chore to make it through, but it just dazzles with variation and knows when to speed up or slow down. Never a dull moment in the whole runtime. Their best work for sure and one of the best records (of any genre) of 2022.

Leviathan 9.5
Salt Paradise 8
Phoenix 10
Silence Circles 9
Echoes In Eternity 8
Cronus 9
False Light 8.5
Downfall 8

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4d
synthwave?!
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