Deathwhite
Grave Image
(2020)
Crank this to 9.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Progressive metal
Sounds Like:
Katatonia, Opeth, Paradise Lot
Sunday, February 02, 2020
Let the music speak for itself and lets not make our identities available is the schtick that Deathwhite have maintained since 2012. Frankly we don’t give a fuck ourselves so the feeling is mutual. We care about the music, so lets quickly get past their anonymity. Grave Image is the trio’s fourth release and second full-length. Deathwhite delivers what we like to refer to as crisp and pristine dark progressive metal. It is cathartic and cleansing amongst the beautiful harmonies and majestic separation of tight percussion and crystal clear fretwork.

Grave Image is the shining release for the trio in that it maintains a chemistry and consistent landscape that does not let up in its calming nature for the listener. LM’s vocal patience resonates and is infectious to the bone. Katatonia’s Jonas Petter Renkse is the clear and apparent influence here and the band does a nice job paying homage, but ultimately paint their own original landscapes. While the lyrics will not hit the levels of intrigue akin to Opeth, their sonic prowess overwhelmingly overrides the basic themes at hand. 

Track Listing: 
1. Funeral Ground (5:04) 
2. In Eclipse (4:46) 
3. Further from Salvation (4:56) 
4. Grave Image (4:50) 
5. Among Us (4:10) 
6. Words of Dead Men (3:55) 
7. No Horizon (5:28) 
8. Plague of Virtue (4:14) 
9. A Servant (4:42) 
10. Return to Silence (6:38) 

Standout Track: 
No Horizon takes the top spot for us. The melodies on this track are so inspiring and AM’s percussive double bass drum clamor and build-up make for some of the best contrast and heaviest moments on the album. LM’s vocal’s are at their pinnacle on this track and it best displays the crispness and clarity that sets Deathwhite apart. Similar vibes exude from our runner up A Servant both stupendous tracks. 

Adult Beverage Pairing: 
There is nothing more soothing than an awe-inspiring seasonal Puff Puff from Six Point’s own arsenal. At 9.8% ABV this is one of the crispest and smoothest IPAs we have ever wet our lips with. A perfect compliment to the clarity that Deathwhite bring under ‘Grave Image’. Just go easy on the intake, these fuckers go down dangerously smooth pure hop particulate for extra potency. For fans of Resin this one is amped up the special blend of dry-hops by 2x. 

ROTATION RECAP: 
Captivation and Variety 
9.2 out of 11 

Weight of the Heavy 
9.0 out of 11 

Lyrics 
7.9 out of 11 
 
Vocal Performance 
9.3 out of 11 

Hallucinogenic levels 
8.7 out of 11 

Fretwork Prowess 
8.9 out of 11 

Percussion Prowess 
9.2 out of 11 

Overall Album Flow 
9.2 out of 11 

Contrast 
9.7 out of 11 

Album Cover Aesthetics   
9.3 out of 11 

Production Value 
9.8 out of 11 

Band Members: 
DW- Bass, Vocals (backing) 
AM- Drums 
LM- Vocals, Guitars 

Final Thoughts: 
Deathwhite’s Grave Image is the trio’s best release to date. We are impressed by the band’s commitment to clarity and creeping heaviness. No question we are on top of everything Katatonia releases, well now, Deathwhite has shown us enough to make them a mainstay in our rotations for the future regardless of who the fuck they are.

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