Doomsday – Depictions of Chaos (Creator-Destructor Records)Monday, 14th November 2022
Developing a love of crossover thrash from the Bay Area, Doomsday formed in 2018 to include members from various hardcore / metal outfits – pumping out a steady set of material in the form of an EP, demo, and a series of singles before issuing this second EP Depictions of Chaos. Rarely do you find a sextet of this type featuring three guitarists, allowing the band to have a very chunky attack embellishing lead breaks/accents for energetic texture throughout these six songs. Expect a sound that traverses classic Bay Area elements from the 80’s while serving up a potent, in your face aspect that has crossed over to the new generation that love some punk/hardcore force in the mix.
These musicians have an uncanny knack for knowing when to push the accelerator to the max, or stride valiantly into that mid-tempo pit-swirling transition – adding in the right gang vocals, sadistic screams, or wild lead break to produce this larger-than-life sound. The spirited, bluesy leads throughout “Mask of Sanity” capture Kirk Hammett-esque vibes, while the speedier riffs plus insane divebomb bends during “Soul Depravation” take you back to classic Slayer. The calmer, acoustic parts for the first 55 seconds of the title track soon give way to a stop/start electric riff bonanza: the galloping main music components and fluid drum fill/double kick madness serve as the main course, while the Power Trip-oriented tempo change that includes killer bass licks should stomp everyone into oblivion. With each song in that two to three and a half-minute sweet spot, there’s rarely a nanosecond to miss, trimming off any excess fat to get to the heart of the matter – injecting quick sound clips when necessary.
Ready to get back to the stage where this music really shines, Doomsday appear poised to open up a wider birth of followers through Depictions of Chaos.