Monday, January 07, 2013

Review: Doom's Day - The Unholy

Having formed earlier in 2012, Doom's Day is a brand new metal group hailing from Quebec, Canada. Originally and independently released on June 25th, 2012, The Unholy found itself picked up and re-released in December 2012 by PRC Music and it marks the debut album from this cross-genre band. Incorporating a unique blend of elements that consist of of heavy metal, doom metal and punk, how well do these genres mix together... is it genius or is it disaster?

Genre: Heavy/Doom Metal/Punk
Label: PRC Music
Release Date: December 4th, 2012
  1. Overture of the Damned
  2. The Unholy
  3. She's Possessed
  4. Necronomicon Ex-Mortis
  5. Sabbath Deadly Sabbath
  6. The Sorceress
  7. Your Last Breath
  8. Ghost of Fate
Total Playtime: 24 minutes, 36 seconds







Rating: 9.0/10





Having formed earlier in 2012, Doom's Day is a brand new metal group hailing from Quebec, Canada. Originally and independently released on June 25th, 2012, The Unholy found itself picked up and re-released in December 2012 by PRC Music and it marks the debut album from this cross-genre band. Incorporating a unique blend of elements that consist of of heavy metal, doom metal and punk, how well do these genres mix together... is it genius or is it disaster?

I have to admit, when I first saw the mash up of different genres present while doing research on this band, I reserved a little bit of fear going into it. Doom and punk are not two genres that make it a habit to collide with one another, and throwing some heavy metal influence into the mix is kind of like adding a shot of rum into a mixture of milk and Pepsi. At first instinct, doom metal and punk rock are two genres that are at polar opposite ends of the rock spectrum, one being sluggish and sometimes depressive while the other is up-beat and happy. But when you think about it in terms of song structure, they're not really so different at all since both genres use simple rhythms and riffs, and have a rare chance of (also simplistic) guitar solos. Surprisingly, Doom's Day have done an incredible job in braiding these fibers together and in doing so have created a flexible, durable and powerfully unique sound all their own.


"Overture of the Damned" starts the album with a synthesizer introduction that is slightly reminiscent of the beginning of Black Sabbath's self-titled song, complete with rain and thunder, but also adding in eerie organs and a ringing bell; all of which sets a grim mood for the rest of the material. These doomish ingredients are sprinkled throughout the album in songs like "Sabbath Deadly Sabbath", "She's Possessed", "Necronomicon Ex-Mortis" and "Your Last Breath", merging well with the abundant up-beat punk constructs. On the other hand, you also have songs such as "The Unholy", "Ghost of Fate" and even some of the aforementioned songs that have faster tempos and boast an energetic vibe, catchy rhythms and hook leads. For a punk/doom album, The Unholy has a fair share of solos present, most of which could benefit from some refining since they are lack luster and messily picked. The drumming does an admirable job of staying fresh by always emphasizing the guitar riffs, providing memorable patterns and using a variety of styles; from more exotic flavors in "She's Possessed" and "Ghosts of Fate" to regular blast beats and minor double bass in "Sabbath Deadly Sabbath" and "Necronomicon Ex-Mortis". As for the vocals, they are fairly clean sung with just enough roughness to them to appease fans of both clean vocals and growls. The vocal track, in most songs, has a subtle echo that surrounds them that really brings out the old school horror feel in which Doom's Day adequately portrays. The lyrics also leave a lingering imprint with their enticing, yet haunting, themes and brain-sticking choruses.

Doom's Day have done a shockingly phenomenal job in creating a one of a kind experience with The Unholy. Unpredictable, fun, catchy, memorable, haunting, the list of good things to say about this record could go on for a long time. The only real gripe here is that the album only lasts for a little under half an hour, giving listeners what feels like a preview of bigger and better things to come, and then leaving them begging for more by the premature end of the content. It's hard to describe just how well this band makes the vibrant punk elements clash so positively with the darker, slower doom side that is also present, like a splash of red on purple. So make sure to give the Soundcloud song above a play! Highly recommended for everyone, The Unholy is one of the most enjoyable listens of 2012 that unfortunately bypassed many radars.

Digital Download Provided by: PRC Music

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