A superband of sorts, Doomsday comprises past and present members of such bands as Nachtmystium, Goatwhore and Bones, just to name a few. The band’s debut offering, the self-titled debut EP, was recorded by just over 6 days, and is the band’s bleak, apocalyptic vision of the future of mankind. With the rather wide variety of musical background of each of the members, Doomsday promises to be a rather interesting debut release for the band.
Kicking off the album with She Will be the One, the band’s aggressive aural onslaught is relentless, as blastbeats and urgent riffs hit the listener. But without much ado, the band breaks into their crusty side, with the d-beats of drummer Zack directing the musical style of the band at any given time of the record, and guitarists Jeff and Jon complementing him, alternating between punk-styled riffing patterns and straight-on, death metal-styled riffs. And the band’s songwriting capabilities are displayed through the seamless transition between the different styles, with each easily accentuating the essence of the complementing styles.
The crusty moments help in bringing out the raw, punk-ish energy that is contained in the band, while the at times somewhat blackened death metal moments bring about the apocalyptic visions that the band seeks to portray with their music. Guitarists Jon and Jeff also litter the record with their rather simplistic, punk-influenced leads. The punk rock moments are most evident on closing track I Kill Everything I Fuck, a pure punk anthem with a tinge of death metal infused in it. The bleakness in the music is further emphasised with Zion’s vocals, his gruff shouts of desperation. Also, not all is just fast and aggressive as the band brings in some slower and slightly retrospective moments towards the end of Bring Down the Knife.
The production on Doomsday is extremely raw, fitting to the style of the music that the band plays in and brings about some slight nostalgia of early extreme metal. The abrasive tone of the guitars at times even brings about a slightly Swedish death metal sound, especially so with the heavy crust influences that are present in Doomsday‘s music, such as on songs like Bring Down the Knife. Also, rather than burying certain instruments under the mix due to the production, each of the instruments are surprisingly clear on Doomsday, and the bass of Bob seems to benefit from this, providing that constant ominous growl throughout the record.
The nihilistic message and vision of the band certainly manages to get through to the listener with Doomsday‘s debut. The high energy and fast pace of the material would ensure that no neck is left unhurt by the end of the 20 minutes of Doomsday.