Doomriders
BLACK THUNDER


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2009 | 14 replies | 7,772 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A glorious riff filled stomp through the land of doom. Influenced from the classics of both metal and hardcore, Doomriders blend the two together seamlessly while throwing in some good old fashioned rock n' roll.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Looking past the cheesy but awesome cover art you will soon find that there is a lot more here than some goth punk or heavy metal rip off band. Headed by Nate Newton of Converge and Old Man Gloom, this band really has a talent for stoner grooves and hardcore romps. The duel guitar melodies of "Black Thunder" and "The Long Walk" instantly bring Iron Maiden to mind but this album traverses a lot of different ground sound wise. There are heavy, meandering stoner doom anthems that pick up to a gallop, fuzzed out solos and fast paced hardcore fury spread all over the album. Taking influences from the classics of just about everything under the rock 'n roll banner, the band takes you on a ride you will not forget.

Newtons vocals change from track to track but normally stay within a hardcore bellow. "Midnight Eyes" show off his singing voice, the listener will automatically make the connection to Danzig. Some of the riffs have a very Matt Pike-ish(Sleep,HOF) feel to them, along with some of the soloing. The lyrical content deals with a lot of iconic metal and punk material, portraying death, evil and darkness in a mythic or empowering way. For the more punk styled songs, you have an amazing skateboarding theme "Deathbox and " LISTEN UP! GET OFF MY ***EN BACK!!". "Worthless" has to be my favorite from the album concerning their more hardcore side while "The Chase" captures their stoner metal side well. It's worth mentioning the instrumental "Voice of Fire", it is a nice bluesy break from the unrelenting surge of power the other tracks throw at you.

There are not too many bands that can create this vibe, it's pure energy. It's obvious Newton has talent in writing songs and the rest of the musicians are really playing at top notch on this album. Of course you shouldn't be expecting a technical masterpiece if you know what this band is about, but everything, the solos, the riffs, basslines and drumming have a ton of soul. They definitely know how to use their instruments. It's easy to see this band is having a whole lot of fun with what they are doing, especially if you can catch them live. I've been listening to this album for almost 2 years now and still have to give it a listen frequently.

If you love relentless hardcore, loud and dirty classic rock with your metal, this is the album for you. The band really made a great effort with this first full length and I cannot wait for the second offering. Until then prepare yourself to be pulverized under hoof, by the Doomriders.



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rasputin
June 22nd 2009



14517 Comments


decent review, band is a lot of fun

Transient
June 22nd 2009



1461 Comments


was going to post this on s4d

Bleekill
June 22nd 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. Yeah extremely fun band to listen to.

Phantom
August 30th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The title track's main riff is jam-tastic

Zip
August 30th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is jam-tastic
fixed

Inveigh
October 12th 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you buy this on vinyl it comes with its own pair of balls

BigHans
October 12th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah this is essential manly listening.

Inveigh
October 12th 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

makes me wanna take off my shirt and swallow a beer, can and all

ffs
October 13th 2010



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

black! thunder!


yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-aowh

TheOscillat0r
April 18th 2011



117 Comments


I like it dirty.

Spec
May 25th 2012



27060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Inveigh got it right.

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 20th 2013



5192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay i do have this rated and it's 4 sweet

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Winrar
March 20th 2013



1722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why haven't i rated this yet? I thought i did, since i've heard this at least 3 times.

Inveigh
November 3rd 2013



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new one rules hard, will probably 4 it like all their other stuff



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