Another statement piece from one of the most punishing bands in metal.
Sounding of immense frustration, there is a palpable bleakness to each moment. As if to soundtrack the apocalypse, the heft of the doom and sludge is washed in a distortion of caustic noise that makes moments even more frighteningly destructive. This is most apparent on the track 'Brutalist', which also brings in freaked out saxophone
The entire album is an arduous crawl of slow-motion suffering, and the pain is agonizing.
Favorite track: Brutalist.
Tartarus Records is very proud to present ‘Death Weight’ – the absolutely gargantuan new double album from internationally revered Melbourne doom legends Whitehorse.
Having burdened the Earth with thunderous, noise-ridden sludge since 2004, the great unholy beast known as Whitehorse has dragged its carcass around the world, spewing audible viscera in its wake — and the band have the scars to prove it. For two decades, Whitehorse has toured extensively through the USA, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, rattling bars, venues and entire neighbourhoods with their heaviness and shaking the very souls of the punters.
‘Death Weight’ is their mind-alteringly heavy new album. Brutal and beautiful, intense and intricate, epic and electrifying – this expansive double LP lifts Whitehorse’s already stellar sonic practice to terrifying new heights. Folding together elements of grind, metal, sludge, industrial noise and general auditory carnage, ‘Death Weight’ is a long-form magnus opus that further cements the bands rightful place at the forefront of the international art-doom movement.
In early 2020 Whitehorse felt they were well on the way to finishing writing their 3rd album, then the world was turned on its ear and Melbourne around them entered into hibernation. Physically separate for months on end, while we all watched the world in throes of chaos, the 6 members of Whitehorse members kept ideas, sounds and discussions flowing.
Come August when Whitehorse were finally able to reconvene in their rehearsal space, they came at the material they had left early that year with altered ears. Writing, refining and adding to the body of work with somewhat of an understanding that the world for now had changed, everything was a little darker.
Whitehorse members have always been drawn from varied and different worlds, coming together to create something heavy. Death Weight is heavy. Themes of death, loss, despair, isolation, darkness and frustration drip through the riffs, swept along by the squalls of the electronics, hanging in the mist haze of the growls, awakened by the beat of the drums.
Whitehorse present Death Weight as the soundtrack to this unprecedented, mid-apocalyptic world we have found ourselves in. Soak in it for a while.
Whitehorse Dead Weight drops April 29th on vinyl and cassette.
released April 29, 2022
300x 2LP (released by Heavy Machinery and Whitehorse)
pressed on red and white 180gr vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve.
100 cassettes housed in a die cut cardstock sleeve