A Positively (Negatively?) MONSTROUS album, and an amazing achievement for an already astounding band. Can’t say enough about this beast of a creation. Takes hours to fully absorb, over multiple listenings. Allow plenty of time without distraction to fully appreciate on your first trip through, then repeat….and repeat…and repeat…louder and louder….
Favorite track: Death Weight.
I never listen to Whitehorse driving, ESPECIALLY this album. I’ve found it to
Induce road rage. In all seriousness, you definitely have to be in the mood to hear this album. I save it for when I’m in need of working through severe frustration and aggression (to listen to at home, alone).
Favorite track: Death Weight.
Heavy Machinery records is very proud 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.
released September 10, 2021
Sean Hinds – guitar
Rama Parwata – drums & percussion
David Coen – synthesizers, electronics & percussion
Peter Hyde – vocals
Dominic Lewis – bass
Brent Stegeman – guitar
Instruments recorded by Joel Taylor at The Black Lodge
Electronics and vocals recorded by David Coen at Ecotone Studios
Guest saxophone performed and recorded by Bobb Hatt
Mixed by Xavier Irvine at The Garden
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by Brent Stegeman
Project coordination by Annalee Koernig
Series curated and produced by Miles Brown