Review by Adam M on June 15, 2020.
Deathwhite have created a very interesting doom metal album with their newest release Grave Image. The songs are morose and feature a good deal of emotion. This is very appropriate for the time as there aren’t many other albums like this at the moment. The tracks move along at a medium pace and manage to remain intriguing at all points.
The band is comparable to the likes of Draconian and similar bands with their doom metal that has some metal elements from other genres such as gothic. These come in when the band switches tempo, but the vocals in particular point towards a doom release. Songs like 'Among Us' are catchy and will remain ingrained in your brain. Indeed, this album is very accessible and features a very welcoming sound. It is still very sad sounding and this atmosphere permeates every note the band performs. I still think the music could be improved upon with a more forward thinking mindset as the songs sound a bit standard at times and could be spruced up with more interesting ideas. Still things rollick along at a nice pace and manage to remain gripping, even if they are fairly straightforward sounding. As far as doom releases this year, this remains one of the best of the year so far and is a completely unique and moving experience.
Though it is not the best release the genre has ever seen, there are enough atmospheric elements to make this a compelling and wholly worthwhile release. With more emphasis on progressive tendencies it could be even better, but Grave Image remains thoughtful enough regardless. The album is well rounded and features a good grasp of many metal elements for a complete experience overall. It is thus recommended to doom metal fans as they will really like what they hear.
Rating: 7.7 out of 10365