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We're Doomed: Like a Machine

We're Doomed is a 4-piece out of Halifax, the one in Canada not the drab northern town five miles down the road from me here in sunny West Yorkshire. In their blurb they state that they "will melt your face faster than a zombie outbreak would overrun civilization"

No, me neither.

This is their debut EP and it starts brightly with the anthemic, and incredibly melodic opener "Impending Doom". Vocals are emo, and shouty in places. Haven't seen emo-prog as a sub genre yet, but it'll come, mark my words. It's very proficient for a debut, and there's enough going on to appeal to fans of metal as well as alt/prog. And stun guitars, in the vein of one Mr E Bloom esquire, make an appearance. Always a highlight for me, stun guitars.

It's pitched at fans of Everytime I Die, The Mars Volta and As Cities Burn.

"To the Church" is a balls out rocker, with a great guitar solo, and a bit of shouting at the end, and despite their tender years the band show an impressive ear for a hook, and a riff.

"Like We Said" slows things down a tad, languid, bluesy guitar over a frenetic drum beat, before it gets emo-y and anthemic again. Bet this one sounds awesome live. In this, and the next track "The Show Must Go On" I got more than a flavour of classic 80s guitar band Big Country. Which is a very good thing.

"The Rise of the Mammoth" ends the EP some great time changes on offer, and a lot of musical ideas and for my money it's the strongest track, with a string/synth close out.

So it's got some 'shouty' vocals which, purely from a personal point of view, doesn't float my boat but otherwise this is a really strong debut EP from a young Canadian band. It's a well-produced, powerful sounding debut that will appeal I'm sure to prog-metal and metal fans alike.

Simon Outhit - Guitar / Vocals
Scott Tiller - Drums / Vocals
Mike Andrews - Bass / Vocals
Nick Jones - Guitar / Vocals

Track listing:
1. Impending Doom
2. To the Church!
3. Like We Said...
4. The Show Must Go On
5. The Rise of the Mammoth

Added: July 11th 2011
Reviewer: Brian Watson
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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