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Doomsday: Doomsday
Crust Punk, Death Metal
Disorder Recordings
November 6th, 2012
Release length: 21:08
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One quick search will bring up a staggering amount of bands using the name Doomsday. However, the one in the player today is the supergroup from Chicago, Illinois. The five piece features Zack Simmons of Goatwhore, Jeff Wilson, Jon Woodring, and Zion Meagher of Nachmystium notariety, as well as Bob Fouts from that band, but also The Gates of Slumber, and many others. This coupling came together in 2011, and brings their own self-released, self-titled EP of violent Death Metal and Crust Punk to Jon’s own recently formed label, Disorder Recordings. But, does this group of established, as well respected musicians have what it takes to create an EP that breaks the curse of the supergroup, or is it nothing more than cannon fodder for the bands they are, or were, already involved with?

Doomsday is a superb mix of the two styles, right down to a moderately rawer production quality. The guitars have a great deeper tuning and distortion to them that actually feel more at home with a Grindcore meets Death Metal approach, which can also be found on the recording from time to time. Mixed with the deep bass, the output can be rather uncompromising. The drums sound fantastic here as well. The cymbals are clear but buried a bit in the back, giving way to rich, tight snares, but moreso deep click to the bass kick. Vocally, things are handled with a distortion that pushes them back like the cymbals, though still audible enough over the instruments. Holding a slight echo to the shouting, it works perfectly with the early Death Metal vibe and energy the group brings with them on each and every song.

Spanning just over twenty-one minutes, this EP packs a great deal of intensity into just six little songs. “She Will be the One” wastes no time, slamming right into pounding, blasting riffs and drumming with shouting that seems a bit monotone, but perfectly suiting to the explosive start. The pace remains as it shifts into two-stepping Punk influenced Death Metal for the main verses and bridges, making a mosh-worthy offering that can easily find blood on the pit afterwards. “Bring Down the Knife” has more of an ominous touch to it that works well with the lyrical concept, even the quicker, somewhat upbeat two-step music in many of the passages. Even when the pace slows down, the held chords still offer a dismal touch that feels right at home. The guitar solo isn’t anything major, suiting the pace, but things do start to drag along as it paves the way to a fading conclusion that is a nice touch, but leaves you wanting the music to go back to the faster material for at least one more chorus.

“The Punishment” breaks from the Crust Punk influence quite a lot, having a consitant Death Metal groove to it with a commanding atmosphere. The cymbals can sometimes establish a marching sound to the main verses, and the chorus itself finds the bass giving a bit of a grander, powerful push to it. There is some two-stepping after the second chorus, shifting the sound about half way through with a decent transition, and then slowing down a bit for what could be considered a quicker breakdown. It’s a nice change of pace to keep the listeners on their toes, but in the end it seems tacked on and simply unneccesary. Of course, there’s also the final track, “I Kill Everything I Fuck,” which has an atmosphere that comes off as if it doesn’t want to take itself too seriously, but yet does in the performance itself. The song is catchy with more of a strict Punk vibe to it, fueled with a great deal of enthusiasm that seems stronger in the vocals. These incorporate a little more harmonization in the mix, which sounds fantastic given the edgier distortions used on the somewhat upbeat music. This does come out of nowhere, but who can deny that it’s a truly memorable offering, even if it is nothing more than the band having some fun in the studio.

Doomsday is a surprising underground release from some of Metal’s most important minions, and it definitely shows a band with great chemistry performing a style they love. The six songs on here can show some wear and tear at times, and some of the blast beat introductions can start to mesh together after a while, but there’s no denying that this is a solid EP full of promise. Doomsday wrap the Death Metal and Crust Punk worlds together seamlessly, and at times even seem to bridge into a bit of a Grindcore domination, all while feeding into the Death Metal revival movement without obviously standing up and declaring their hat being thrown into the ring. With a solid audio quality, energetic performances, and addicting music, there’s no reason this debut EP from Doomsday should be ignored, especially if you’re a fan of the work from one, if not all the members involved.

01. She Will be the One – 3:31
02. The Punishment – 4:06
03. Bring Down the Knife – 5:02
04. Empty Vessel – 3:04
05. Black Judas – 3:18
06. I Kill Everything I Fuck – 2:07
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Disorder Recordings via Earsplit PR.