DOOMSDAY CEREMONY – Black Heart
Brazilian five piece Doomsday Celebration have been treading the boards since 2001, but this is only their second full-length release to date. Upon first listen, the length of time these guys have been playing together is instantly obvious. The musicianship is confident, and the band have found their ‘sound’ and are quite comfortable putting out quality tracks.
Doomsday Celebration are a heavy metal band at the heart of it. Although there are traces of melodic death and BM, especially in the vocal approach, this record clearly shows the band’s love of classic metal – from the NWOBHM inspired riffs to the epic feel. In the end it is probably just the singing and image that couldn’t be described as ‘traditional’.
The production here is modern and does a good job of staying out of the way, letting you hear everything that is going on in the process. The songs are generally solid, with plenty of hooks and memorable riffs that grab you by surprise whenever your interest is starting to fade. Although this is an unassuming album in a way, there are parts that display an excellent musicality and grasp of melody.
Overall then, Black Heart is well worth a try if this is your kind of thing and here’s hoping the band get around to recording more regularly so that their talent can really start to shine.