Damnations Day – Invisible, The Dead

Nightmare/Sony/Red

Review by Rick Ossian

Damnations Day are a sort of prog/power metal outfit from Australia. In my humble opinion, they also border a bit on Classic Rock. They deliver right out of the gate with the title track to this collection. There is an excellent, clear vocal here, even soaring at times. A surging, urgent delivery indeed. Features some very good drum and guitar work. The Meaning, on the other hand, is particularly thrashy, and features the obligatory double-bass drum pounding with some nice melodic vocal work. It is also a case of the singer describing the music: “this is not the ending/I’m descending“. A cool guitar solo about two-and-a-half minutes in, and a great scream at the end!

I am continues on a positive note with drums and more screaming at the onset. Our hero feels rather full of himself on this number: ‘Here I am/Feel that I am more than just a man‘. Again, lots of screaming going on, but it’s well under control. Reaper features more of the same (screaming vox, double-bass drumming) – loads of energy. A very nice vocal here as well, powerful and melodic. I sensed echoes of Anthrax’s ‘Worship Music’ here, particularly with the vocal delivery. A good guitar solo fits in nicely about a minute-and-a-half in, and we actually get to hear a fade-out at the end here-something I thought had been disposed of in metal, but evidently not!

A Ghost In Me is a beast of a completely different species, however. Acoustic guitar strumming at the onset, and a very mellow, even plaintive, vocal. Simply beautiful. Vocals, by the way, are very powerfully handled by one Mark Kennedy. Also on display are the guitar work of the producer, Dean Wells (Teramaze), Dean Kennedy on drums and Luke Vinken on bass.

Lucid Dreaming is described in the company bio as a ‘traditional melodic monster’, and indeed it is. The drums again come to the fore in the intro, and the screaming vocals and shredding guitar make a return also.

Reflections assaults us with a very heavy double bass drum and guitar opening. It is another thrashy tune, where the vocals, the drums and the guitar are the obvious keys. At the fade-out (again?) we get more screaming and guitar work. About halfway in things turn introspective, but not for long.

Carried Above the Sun find DD very knowledgeable about their strengths once again. There are some acoustic atmospherics, a great central riff and some Thin Lizzy-esque guitar work. The Power Metal turns almost into Battle Metal, if you will, on this one. There is some really neat violin at work at the end, and another cool fade-out! Maybe DD are bringing them back…?

The final track, A World To Come, is another relaxing, gorgeous acoustic piece. So, they only let up to get mellow on us twice, and the rest is pounding, in-your-face power/prog metal. What more could we ask for?

Rating: ****/5

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