“The music both ascends and seems to be pulverizing bedrock at the same time, with wrenching howls and impassioned singing magnifying the music’s thrilling yet wrenching assault on the senses. The saxophone returns at the end, more frenzied and forlorn than before, as the ravaging intensity of the music crests one last time.” — No Clean Singing on “Dead Heart Confession”
Love Exchange Failure is the stunning forthcoming full-length from Odessa, Ukraine-based post-black metal conjurors WHITE WARD. Slated for release next month via Debemur Morti Productions, and trailing an avalanche of accolades for the “deviant black metal noir” of 2017 debut Futility Report, WHITE WARD presents the next step of their rapid evolution into an increasingly unique musical force.
On Love Exchange Failure, the band channels Bohren And Der Club Of Gore, composer Angelo Badalamenti, and contemporary blackened majesty into an eclectic set of visionary hymns that fuse late-night metropolitan contemplation, psychological horror, intoxicating melodicism, and primeval, animal-state ferocity. Doused in poise, creativity, and dynamism, Love Exchange Failure blends brushed drums, reverberant piano, a variety of guesting clean vocalists, and neo-noir saxophone within an architecture of first-rate contemporary misanthropic black metal.
In advance of its release, today No Clean Singing unveils WHITE WARD’s “Dead Heart Confession” for public consumption noting, “Perhaps even more so than on the first album, venturing into the new one is like wandering unfamiliar, fog-shrouded urban streets at night, bombarded by raucous sounds and bright lights distorted by the mist, feeling both exhilarated and fearful, ducking into dingy alleyways to escape hulking shadows pregnant with violence, or to search for something more than the cold indifference of glazed eyes in emaciated figures that appear like wraiths as they pass under the street lights and then vanish again, and encountering the fleeting sounds of jazz from open doorways as you hurry along, wondering what the next bend in your crooked path will reveal.”
Read more and stream “Dead Heart Confession,” courtesy of No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION.
Stream previously-released title track, “Love Exchange Failure” below.
Following the record’s release, WHITE WARD will take on a short European tour. See all confirmed dates below.
10/13/2019 Malý Berlín – Trnava, SK
10/14/2019 Klub Močvara – Zagreb, HR
10/16/2019 Le Molotov – Marseille, FR
10/17/2019 TBA – La Chaux De Fond, CH
10/18/2019 TBA – Paris, FR w/ Borgne
10/19/2019 Into The Void Fest – Leeuwarden, NL w/ Borgne, Pensées Nocturnes
10/20/2019 TBA – NL
10/22/2019 Vortex Surfer Musikclub – Siegen, DE
10/23/2019 TBA – DE
10/24/2019 TBA – PL
10/27/2019 Aurora – Budapest, HU
Diverse movements and tonal shifts interlink as if to mirror what the band describes as humanity’s existential struggle “caused by the inability to understand who we are and what our place on this planet is;” a clash between dreamworlds and harsh reality evocative as the urban landscapes of photographer Luke Pownall used throughout the packaging. A truly essential listen, Love Exchange Failure is a record that, on repeat plays, opensup like a streetscape sinkhole to drag you into the degenerate heart of the city.
Further elaborates WHITE WARD of the offering, “The idea behind this album is to illustrate the artificial conditions people created to contradistinguish themselves to nature. Being neither a separate phenomenon nor a sustainable part of the surrounding environment, we’ve pushed ourselves to a constant struggle caused by the inability to understand who we are and what our place on this planet is. Conditions we create lead to a continually rising level of fear in the minds of individuals and at the same time – the lack of love. Under the term ‘love’ we mean not a feeling in its primitive understanding but a feature that helps us to live in harmony with ourselves, other people, and the world around. The love exchange failure leads to an inevitable degradation and degeneration. The more hatred we push towards people around us, the deeper we fall. The blinder we are on our daily way to work, the more sufferings we leave behind. People don’t have time to talk to each other. Furthermore, obsessed by desires, they don’t even pay enough attention to their children, rising each new generation more exposed to mental problems. Blindness, indifference, and domestic abuse, bullying in schools, social rejection, and many other factors lead to many tragedies of mankind. Caused by individuals, they are our own crimes.”