White Swan
(The White)
Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Sludge rock, Doom
Sounds Like:
Windhand, Acid King, Kylesa
Ontario sludge outfit The White Swan has just graced us with a new three song EP of majestic and atmospheric doom. Upon first listen, they conjure up thoughts of Acid King or Windhand, as do many sludge bands with female vocalists. To be fair, The White Swan is so much more than your typical ho-hum sludge band. They have a very broad sound and clearly have a knack for creating spacious doom metal. Singer/drummer Mercedes Lander has come a long way since her days in the 90s nu-metal band Kittie. Her journey has gone from angst-driven metal to this now beautifully written atmospheric sludge.

1. North Carolina
2. Lions
3. The White

What makes The White Swan unique and stand out in the doom/sludge genre?
The vocal performance of Mercedes Lander is the key factor for us. Her vocals really set them apart from the crowded doom genre, she also plays the drums, guitars and synths, what a fucking great talent! Along with guitarist Shane Jeffers and bassist Kira Longeuay, they all have tremendous chemistry and it shows on this latest Ep.

What are the highlights of the album?
We seem to go back and forth between “Lions” and “White”. These two tracks are so fucking gravitating and lead vocalist Mercedes Lander is on top of her game. We love her vocal control as they sit aloft the music to create this majestic doom aura.

Two words best describe The White.
Heavy and Expansive

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Get a pack of Long Trail Space Juice. This 8.70 (ABV) American Double Imperial IPA and its dark fruity taste is the perfect complement to The White Swan. Plus, the spaceship artwork on the can adds to the experience.

Final thoughts on The White.
We have no doubt that fans of doom sludge rock will love this album. Since this EP goes by rather quickly we urge you to download their debut three song release Anubis. Now you’ll have six tracks of this sludgy rock from The White Swan. Were glad to have them on our site now since they are flying way under the radar, we can foresee them gaining momentum after this release. - 8/31/2017

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