“DEATHWHITE unveil ‘For A Black Tomorrow’, their first full-length album of world-class dark, melodic metal. The anonymous collective dig deep into their influences from metal’s halcyon days of the 90’s to craft vivid songs that are sharp, polished and deeply emotional. “The Grace of the Dark”, “Contrition”, “Dreaming the Inverse” and more simply sound alive! A work of timeless metal, DEATHWHITE’s ‘For A Black Tomorrow’ is profound and powerful.” via Season of Mist.
What is it like working as a three-piece anonymous metal band? How do you distribute work evenly?
We are mainly a studio band that gets together only when it comes time to write a new album. We’ve yet to play live, although that is something that appears to be in the cards in the near future. The idea with Deathwhite was to simply write and record our own music, release it, then start the process all over again for each successive release. There was never a grand scheme behind the band. Yet, the songs typically originate with one member, who writes the riffs, lyrics and arrangements, but, once the other members become involved, the songs can often change significantly. It’s truly a collaborative process in the end.
In what ways have the Pittsburgh metal scene shaped you?
The three of us have been in and out of Pittsburgh metal bands throughout the years. We’ve always found the scene to be very competitive with a wide variety of bands. Some of the friendships we’ve made within the Pittsburgh metal scene persist to this day, although Deathwhite isn’t necessarily a fully-functioning member of the scene like a traditional band would be. We are, however, happy to be associated with the city’s current crop of bands. But, since the Pittsburgh metal scene doesn’t have a defined sound, we are not influenced by it. Rather, we take our influences from primarily English and Scandinavian bands. That being said, with the success of Code Orange, the future appears to be bright for Pittsburgh metal.
What are some of your lyrical influences?
Lyrically, we are influenced by English and Scandinavian doom bands who tend to favor a more personal, reflective approach to their lyrics. We function largely the same way, albeit with our own perspective. Since we have a clean singer, we cannot afford to arbitrarily write lyrics — everything has to fit properly, so, lyrics are often approached with the utmost care and consideration for our style as a whole, which tends to fall under the “dark metal” banner. It is up to the listener to interpret our lyrics, but, some songs are a bit more obvious than others.
When and how did you guys form? What was the initial inspiration that sparked the inception Deathwhite?
We formed in 2012 with the basic premise of being a studio-only band. We never intended to play live. The band’s creation was spurred by the desire to write music in a slower and more melodic approach than our previous bands since many of us had played in death and thrash metal bands. One of the main elements was to use all clean singing and not employ growled vocals. We are fans of heavier, more gruff vocals, but it would probably not fit into our overall approach. Nevertheless, it’s somewhat difficult for us to fathom the band is already six-years-old. In many respects, we are just getting started.
Are there other genres aside from melodic metal, that have influenced your writing? I sense a lot of atmospheric elements that reach a whole other level than melodic metal groups normally tap into.
We are all fans of Goth music such as Sisters of Mercy, Fields of Nephilim and more, along with The Cure, although we’ve never really thought of those bands when songwriting. Perhaps they creep in subconsciously. But, as we’ve gotten older, we’ve been more interested in other forms of music than metal. There’s a quite a bit of flexibility within the genre of metal — virtually nothing is off-limits, but we’ve found enjoyment in other styles of music as well.
Do you have any tours planned in support of the new album or maybe some local shows here in Pittsburgh?
While we currently do not have tours lined up at the present time, we are in the process of arranging our first live shows. We recently added two live members in order for this to become a reality, but, we will take the necessary steps to ensure we are ready to play live, for the last thing we want is to play before we are ready. That being said, we may arrange a show or two in Pittsburgh. Time will tell.
(Interview questions answered collectively by the band)
‘For A Black Tomorrow” comes out on February 23 2018, through Season of Mist. Check out their video for “Dreaming the Inverse”, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lByzo3UZzOg, and keep an eye out for their new album!