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Damnation's Day - 2013 Invisible, The Dead



ARTIST: Damnation's Day
ALBUM: Invisible, The Dead
LABEL: Nightmare Records
SERIAL: NMR-574
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Nightmare Records Haulix Portal

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LINEUP: Mark Kennedy - vocals, guitar * Jon King - lead guitars * Luke Vinken - bass * Dean Kennedy - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Invisible, The Dead * 02 The Meaning * 03 I Am * 04 Reaper * 05 Lucid Dreaming * 06 A Ghost In Me * 07 Reflections * 08 Carried Above The Sun * 09 A World To Come

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WEBLINKS: www.damnationsday.com


Background
A couple of Australian power metal bands have crossed my desk lately. The first being Melbourne based Copia, the second being this lot Damnation's Day, also from Victoria's metropolis, though starting off just down the road in true AFL territory: Geelong. Kicking off in 2005, the band released an EP in 2009, but their September 2013 CD 'Invisible, The Dead' is their first full length effort, and it's been picked up by Nightmare Records for worldwide distribution. Their musical poison is a cross between power metal and a dose of thrash. They don't quite hit the spot in either sub-genre's, so it might take them slightly longer to pick up a devoted audience, though I'm sure local Melburnian's might disagree with that.


The Songs
Nine tracks all told, and interestingly for a power metal band, all tracks are kept to a shorter duration. Most are around the 4 minute mark on average, the longest at 5 and half minutes. The title track is a powerful enough start, they pick the speed up halfway through which reminds me of early Metallica (ironically, one of their influences), the thrash metronome shining through as clear as day on 'The Meaning'. It's not a all full-on assault during the course of their songs, as there are change-up's in tempo and variations in speed. 'I Am' has definite Metallica moments, Mark Kennedy gets to stretch his vocal nodes appreciably on this one. 'Reaper' for mine is one of the better metal songs here, so too 'Lucid Dreaming', which is very European power metal based. This track has promise. 'Reflections' operates in dual mode: super fast sections offset by slower reflective sections, providing a contrast. The drums are bullet-like, as they are throughout the album. 'Carried Above The Sun' is my choice for best song on the CD. It's played in mid-tempo mostly, and they leave the thrash aspects alone for this one. It has orchestral parts, and is played in a stand and deliver mode a la Symphony X or 90's era Savatage. The two odd songs out are acoustic ballads 'A Ghost In Me' and 'A World To Come'. Both are quite good actually, but are so different that you question why they are on the album.


In Summary
Well, I'll say this about Damnation's Day. This is a band with great potential, but they've given us three sides of a coin. Yes, I may be talking in metaphors, but.. their power metal meets thrash meets acoustic ballads make this band more than just a one-dimensional entity. So just how do they harness this potential one wonders? They have a foot in the old school style of things, which I like, plus they dabble in the modern. To be honest, even with trend-setters like Karnivool showing the way in Australian metal, I'd like to think that Damnation's Day don't go down their path, personally for me, Karnivool are the most overrated band in Australia by a fair distance. Instead, DD should focus on European audiences, take on a European power metal persona, and put out a huge sounding album for effort #2. Here's hoping..


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