Genre: Progressive Death-Metal
Album Year: 2013
Let’s face it the metal scene can get bland and have hundreds of clone bands. This leads to lack of imagination, and creativity. It is rather easy to copy and paste a certain band’s sound and be almost identical to it. Doomed From Day One’s “Nine Fingers” Ep definitely brings a new perspective into the realm of progressive metal, almost tapering into progressive deathcore.
I must admit, at first glace I though that this was going to be just another “djent” band, or something along those lines. Needless to say, my first notions were everything but correct. To the point of being pleasantly surprised throughout the EP’s progression.
Right off the bat one can hear clear inspiration from bands such as, Veil of Maya, The Faceless, and similar progressive/technical metal acts. Although these inspirations are prevalent throughout, Doomed From Day One is in no way shape or form like the bands mentioned.
Doomed From Day One gives a very progressive vibe without veering into pointless wankery. The song structures are very well put together. One can see the ability the band possesses to compose intelligently, without being technical or progressive, simply to be technical or progressive. Such symptoms can be diagnosed with many other bands in the genre.
“Nine Fingers” is interesting in the fact that it balances itself with two very distinct genres, death-metal, and deathcore. As many know, these two genres are often times at odds with each other, but again the intelligent composing by the band keeps that balance tight. The incorporation of break downs is very interesting, as it does not involve overly simplistic chugs. Instead they rely on interesting break down progressions, often with dissonance, and carefully placed guitar licks. On the other hand, the death-metal side of the band is refreshing, and I dare say melodic.
The instrumentation is precise to say the least. One can definitely see the obvious professionalism, and virtuosity of the musicians involved. Everything is kept on time, tight and clear. Something that is to be expected from a progressive band.
One thing that is important to mention are the amazing clean breaks the band performs in various songs. They are soothing and soft. One could say that these breaks act as “the eye of the storm”, which gives the listener a slight break. Then, from the break, the breather if you will, the heaviness and anger comes crashing once more. Definitely something interesting and unexpected.
Progressive metal, to many can be a exhausting to listen to. This due to the fact that very little, creative wise, is circulating within this sub-genre. Doomed From Day One’s “Nine Fingers” gives the listener a different view of what progressive metal/deathcore can be. Intelligently composed music, that is both easy to listen to, but not overly simplistic. This is the perfect EP for anyone looking to get into the depths of progressive/technical metal.