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Love Exchange Failure

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Following an avalanche of positivity towards the ‘deviant black metal noir’ of 2017 debut Futility Report, WHITE WARD from Odessa, Ukraine present second full-length Love Exchange Failure, the next step of their rapid evolution into an increasingly unique musical force.

The band channel Bohren, Badalamenti and contemporary blackened majesty into an eclectic set of visionary hymns that fuse late-night metropolitan contemplation, psychological horror, intoxicating melodicism and primeval, animal-state ferocity.

Drenched in composure, creativity and dynamism, Love Exchange Failure blends brushed drums, reverberant piano, a variety of guesting clean vocalists and neo-noir saxophone within an architecture of first-rate contemporary misanthropic black metal.

Diverse movements and tonal shifts interlink as if to mirror what the band describes as humanity’s existential struggle “caused by the inability to understand who we are and what our place on this planet is” - a clash between dreamworlds and harsh reality evocative as the urban landscapes of photographer Luke Pownall used throughout the packaging.

Love Exchange Failure is an essential listen, a record that on repeat plays opens up like a streetscape sinkhole to drag you into the degenerate heart of the city.


released September 20, 2019

Yurii Kazarian - guitars, backing vocals
Andrii Pechatkin - bass, vocals
Serhii Darienko - guitars
Evgen Karamushko - drums
Dima Dudko - saxophone
Stanislav Bobritskiy - keyboards
Vitaliy Gavrilenko - clean vocals on track 5
Renata Kazhan - clean vocals on track 6
Ivan Kozakevych - clean vocals on track 7

Recorded at Checkpoint Studio and Lipkyzvukozapys.
Mixed and mastered by Anton Riabchenko.
Music and lyrics by White Ward.
Cover and artwork photography by Luke Pownall.


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White Ward perform intensely deviant music of a noir shade.


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Track Name: Love Exchange Failure
Empty streets wallow in night lights
Crowded for a day, they rest
But lonely strangers always gaze
At every turn, they do their best

While someone's running from themselves
They often want to save some time
Instead, they make an old mistake
Passionately commit a crime

Feeble flesh is torn apart
Blood and dust are turned to mud
Once was bright — will never shine
I gift you with what was mine

Take my pains and leave a prayer
I am your most sinful player
The redemption for my past
Turned your smile into rust

A child is drowned within
Entombed in a pool of tears
A grownup is buried alive
And lives a life that's full of nightmares

A victim's always innocent
A murderer is sleepless
All my tears are pushing me
To the loss of empathy.

I delegate my weaknesses to you
And carve a hymn to tyranny
With nails that go deep inside your chest
I wish you all the best
Track Name: Poisonous Flowers Of Violence
Poisonous flowers of violence
Grow and prosper everywhere

No prophets left to see the crime
No one feels the pain done
Like a mountain stream
Мiolence devours the stone

Inglorious powers burn the crown
They meanly crash the roots
I will never forget your boots
On my face

I grow a tree out of the blackest seeds
I water it with violent deeds
And when I harvest all the thoughts
I turn them into bloody spots

My tree springs up of all the dark
I cherish it with silent notes
And then, I harvest all its fruits
My needs are never satisfied
Track Name: Dead Heart Confession
I always see the face of death
Its shadows cover every inch of this vomitous place
I always fill the emptiness
That's left when someone dies in agony
I feel no pain — my heart is cold
The everlasting flame is dead
But I believe that you can save me
Save me and then forsake me

Bury your god, bury your blood
Bury your soul, bury yourself

I always face the worst of plagues
My life is like a TV screen
The prime time is fulfilled with filth
So is the rest broadcast
And even when I sleep
I see these hideous crimes
They never make me calm
I feel like mesmerized

No longer I believe that all my past was bright
So is the vision of the present
I have an urgent need to tell the truth, so I confess
The stress is forcing me to feel the guilty pleasure
To feel the pleasure caused by death

There is no need to make a crime, I only have to gaze
I have to gaze and recognize new ways atrocity is made

Forsake me
Track Name: Shelter
Cursed shall be the fruit of your body
And the fruit of your mind
The wealth of your spirit
And the strength of your will

Blessed shall be the fruit of your despair
And the fruit of your dismay
The wealth of your insanity
And the strength of your demise

“Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.”

The words of the fourth song are a reworked quotation from the Book of Deuteronomy, which is the fifth book of the Christian Old Testament. The Western European culture is based on Christianity and inherits its dualism with all the corresponding issues. Dividing this world into good and bad prevents us from understanding the complexity of things.
Track Name: No Cure For Pain
When I heal a new soul
The emptiness smiles to me
The darkness shines blindly
My eyes bleed

And then I ask myself
What is relief?
How can it save us
in this cruel epoch?

Relax — breathe deep
Stay strong and weep
Be calm and seek
You are not weak

I gift relief to every soul I cure
The pain is reduced but wounds are never healed
They bleed and bleed to leave me dry
The walls are cracked, so demons are unleashed.

The plague of city lights, and nights, and cars is crushing us
We are all doomed by the last friction of our fathers
The nightmare is revealed, it’s burning us to dust
We are condemned by the last scream of our mothers

Distant peaks and deforested planes will never forget the treason
We're digging our own graves for multiple reasons
Dirty streams and littered lanes will never forsake misdoings
There is no reason to forgive us for everything we are doing now

Ancient beliefs bring us some rest
Digging a grave saves us from stress

This noisy space begets me
But I don’t want to be here
What cure do I need?
What did I get indeed?
Track Name: Surfaces And Depths
The sins of fathers burden us
we come from water, then go to dust
And when we die, the legacy
Burdens those ones willing to see

Starve! Do we deserve
this attitude that burns us whole?
Cry! Do we observe
Our sanity's tremendous fall

We are all doomed, so is your prayer
The wicked thoughts — the darkest share
See what is done behind your pleasure
You'll never get the final treasure

Starve! Do we deserve
this attitude that burns us whole?
Cry! Do we observe
Our sanity's tremendous fall

Low, we sink
High, we fly
Every time
We fail
Track Name: Uncanny Delusions
Silent reflections start to shout
shadows live their own lives
they move across and go beyond
onward the slow oblivion

Northern winds won't bring relief
western deserts don't let breathe
eastern stars no longer lead
Southern swamps in mourning bleed

Permanent pleasures are denied
Useless treasures — not a reason to fight
Unbearable burdens tore you apart
Unpleasantly down and never upward

Triple suns produce less light
their warmth cannot ignite
melted minds coexist
in one body they resist

Never apart
Never united
Always ignored
Forever oppressed

Never apart
Never united
Always ignored
Forsaken and stressed

Dissected into three, they breathe
And like a tree
There is one root, and independent branches
They live their lives despite all tensions

Like three dimensions, they exist
Under the thinnest domes
The multiverse is their execution

The global cataclysm destroyed the worlds
And it will never be forgotten
Despite the treatment
Our hero is condemned

Turn apart, he never knows
What world is real
But is there a real world?
How can we understand?

The cell is split into three
The triple self in agony
Is lost and never rests

The same are muscles, bones, and kin
It never knows that it has been
Forgotten and always crashed

In the dimension with no borders
It doesn’t see the normal order
Of things around and deep within

Input conditions were not light
With social laws as burdens
Which are blindly
Disfiguring the newborn mind

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