Having enjoyed Deathwhite’s material on 2014’s Ethereal and 2015’s Solitary Martyr, I was pleased when their obvious talent was recognised by Season of Mist. I’ve enjoyed witnessing them develop as a band over the years, and now we finally have a full album of material from them it’s great to see them fulfil their early promise.
Playing melodic metal in the European style, you might not expect Deathwhite to be from America on first listen; not that this really matters, of course, but For a Black Tomorrow is certainly the type of thing you’d more expect from Scandinavia than the US.
The band put their own spin on this melodic metal style, of course, but can still be recommended for fans of bands such as Amorphis, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Moonspell, Katatonia, Anathema, etc. I like that although I can hear elements of those bands, (and more), in Deathwhite’s sound, they have managed to channel their influences into something that’s very much their own.
Deathwhite’s music has an emotive and melodic sound, full of dark tones and sombre moods. The band’s playing is expressive and melancholy; the feelings and emotions portrayed by the songs are in many ways the most important aspect of the band’s music, and this comes through strongly in everything that they do on For a Black Tomorrow.
The songs take in many different moods, feelings, paces, and ideas. Some of them are slow and downbeat, while some of them are energetic and upbeat; all of them dark and woe-filled. I very much like it. I’ve said before of Deathwhite that I can easily imagine enjoying these on a large stage, and hopefully one day I’ll get to experience this. For a Black Tomorrow is packed with enjoyable songs with many hooks and memorably catchy moments.
The singer’s voice is just as emotive and expressive as the music, more so actually. His voice has done nothing but improve since their early days, (when it was still well-performed), and he’s reached a point now where he can compete with the best of them in terms of his delivery. In fact, the same thing can be said of the band as a whole, as For a Black Tomorrow is their best work, and it’s great to see them produce something as slick, professional, and enjoyable as this. Importantly, they’ve kept the heart of the band intact too, as this is an emotive and affectingly enjoyable listen.