January 2020 Album of the Month: Deathwhite’s Grave ImageMonday, 10th February 2020
Nothing quite like starting off a new year (and winter) with some suitably depressive music. Here in 2020, we have the gloom of the anonymous Deathwhite, who have returned with their sophomore full-length. The stakes feel even higher this time around, with emotional payoff throughout the release, be it in the form of a pleasantly soaring vocal line, or a lurching low-end riff that makes you succumb to melancholy. Regardless, Grave Image casts a wide shadow, and those keen to dive into some fresh doom that nods to the past while setting eyes on the future are going to cherish this one quite a bit.
An excerpt from Kyle McGinn’s 9.5/10 review, which posted on January 23, 2020:
Just as mysterious as their dark, hooded figure that has adorned much of their discography to date, Deathwhite operate in the shadows. But anonymity hasn’t stopped them from catching a bit of underground buzz, due to their dedication to doom & gloom – particularly the atypical variety that places an emphasis on emotive vocals. Grave Image works as both a continuation of the formula set with previous efforts while also injecting some fresh energy into the mix.
Now two albums (and two EPs) in, few are more effective at drowning the listener in a melancholic state than Deathwhite. They continue to pull from their influences yet grow more bold in pushing the melodies and vocal presence forward while increasing their sonic palette. Grave Image maintains a solemn yet sprawling tone, with some moments of ethereal payoff that work as the icing to their dark and dreary cake. Perfect music for staring into the void during a winter storm, or an isolating late evening drive where you can reflect upon the bleakness of it all.
Read the entire review HERE