Calling a band deathcore in this day and age is a risky business. The word is often associated with mediocrity and conjures up certain stereotypes. Doomed From Day One are deathcore, but not the kind that you’re thinking of. They play a brand of groovy death metal that teeters on the edge of obvious lead-ins but also manages to sound slightly different from your run-of-the-mill prog-death rip-off band. Their production values are good for such a young band, and it definitely contributes to their sound. Think along the lines of Malefice, but in their heavier parts.
Their first effort, ‘The Wasted World’, is a five track (six if you count the fairly pointless intro) expedition through polyrhythmic riffing and mazy solos, with the occasional jazzy interlude. The title track is the pick of the bunch, playing on their almost djenty sound in places to sound pretty darn heavy. ‘From Here On Out’ and ‘Depths Of Imagination’ also use the djent tone well, sounding like a very well organised collapse of a tower of dustbins. Headbanging is definitely your best option if you can handle the random tempo changes.
One criticism to make of this almost robot like sound though is that it sounds very cut and pasted in places. It’s clear that it hasn’t all been recorded in one foul swoop and has been heavily edited. Whether this will be to the detriment of DFDO‘s live sound is yet to be seen. It’s a shame that young bands have to revert to this formula in search of the perfect release, but it can be easily ignored when listening along.
DFDO would fit well as a band at the heavier end of the spectrum on say, a DevilDriver tour, but would also work well as a support band to someone like Nile or Obscura. Hopefully they’ll get the break they need to get on something of that effect.
Written by Martin Savage
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