Deathwhite - For A Black Tomorrow album review

Doom-laden upstarts bring a touch of gothic grandeur

Cover art for Deathwhite - For A Black Tomorrow album

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After two sensational EPs, despondent American trio Deathwhite are finally set to crush both skulls and expectations with their long-anticipated full-length debut. As nihilistic as its title, For A Black Tomorrow is a chunk of gothic doom that bridges crushing melodies with haunting, acoustic atmospherics. Clean guitars often give way to harrowing harmonics, providing a dark dance beneath the grim yet operatic delivery of the nameless lead singer. This interplay becomes For A Black Tomorrow’s bread and butter, established from its opening as The Grace Of The Dark’s tranquil verses juxtapose an ominously hummed pre-chorus. Contrition remains strong after a rhythmic start before hitting a zenith with the album’s crescendo of a title track. Armed with a lugging riff that builds to an extended solo and climactic refrain, it’s the perfect footnote for this promising slab of heaviness

Louder’s resident Cult Of Luna obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.