Whiterscape - a new name in the scene, but an old friend is behind it: Dan Swanö (including Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Nightingale). Together with guitarist Rangar Widerberg, the Swedish drummer, keyboarder and singer goes on the paths of progressive dark and death metals. The debut of the Whiterscape project is a concept album: the protagonist from Stockholm inherited an estate in northern Sweden at the end of the 19th century. "The Inheritance" is a broadly based, quite profound story. Musically the two classic Metal and Hardrock touch on and let elements of Doom and Epic Metal flow in. The whole thing is embedded in a melancholic basic sound, in which balladeskes ("Dead For A Day") and synth melodies as well as dark death growls find their way into. The whole album remains exciting. And it becomes clear that the previous musical experiences of Swanö and Co. have borne fruit here. On the other hand, some things still seem too ambitious and you miss the homogeneity.
Top track: Dead For A Day