Doomsword
The Eternal Battle


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2013 | 10 replies | 991 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Storytelling is going to last forever.

Despite a revolving door of members Doomsword has continued to release a steady display of musicianship over the course of the band’s career. From their self-titled in 1999 (which in all honesty missed the mark but not by much) to their claim to fame Let Battle Commence in 2003, the music has been steady, with strong lyrical themes supporting this excellent level of storytelling. Enter, The Eternal Battle and it’s clear right from the start that not much has changed. The album is ambitious, without becoming over-bearing and triumphs where most other groups become ‘corny’ or tiring. To describe their sound the listener must first look at the era in which Doomsword began. Acts like Grand Magus and Cirith Ungol are likely to be at the top of the listeners’ ‘sounds like’ list keeping in mind that the music has a simplistic 80s style to it. These two acts came straight out of Sabbath-era hard rock with Cirith Ungol finishing up near the beginning of 1992. These Italian doom rockers as well as many others would cite Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and some Iron Maiden influences whilst at the same time trying to blend their own sound into the mix.

Where Doomsword is able to separate it from its fellows in in its contextual tendencies; themes of battle, gods having colossal wars, other mythology and other soldiery themes are present throughout the record. Not only do these themes present the listener with some strong storytelling, it also ties the record together. Let’s get one thing straight here; these guys may not be the best in the business but from what they have to offer they might just start to receive some attention. Passages are bouncy, catchy and memorable in design – this all works for Doomsword, and more importantly the listener. Even their songs are appropriately named; the band isn’t trying to hide behind any gimmickry. Rather, with track titles like ‘Wrath of the Gods’, ‘Battle At the End of Time’ and ‘Song of the Black Sword’ these guys are the gimmick – in one complete set making for an enjoyable listen. The album itself may be far from colossal but that’s not what they’re going for.

Where the record comes together is in its instrumental design. Take a moment to absorb the guitar lines, interlaying chords and tasteful licks. Notice how the drum kit isn’t always present and how the bass doesn’t push at the listener but is still noticeable throughout. There is enough here that the album could push through mid-tempo without become the slightest bit boring. Overall, this album highlights a complete package. Excellent instrumental passages combined with a quality production that’s clear enough to reinforce the wobble of the bass guitar and some strong storytelling capable of painting a vibrant image in the mind’s eye of the listener. The Eternal Battle showcases just how the traditional doom genre can be juxtaposed with viking/battle metal themes reassuring to the listener that storytelling does still have a viable place in making metal albums.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review that I've been wanting to do for almost a year. It's cheesey, but it's not dripping.

pizzamachine
January 2nd 2013



12568 Comments


Very informative! Sounds like a cool album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Speaking of cheese ; ] Welcome to the party Pizza!

pizzamachine
January 2nd 2013



12568 Comments


thanks my man! You know I'm where the cheese is

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I reckon youd be a fair shot with this album mr pizza.

CaptainDooRight
January 3rd 2013



26438 Comments


swee rev pos

band is chill, music is solid but I've always felt the vox were boring and weak

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



4337 Comments


Good review, might look into this out of curiosity because I havent heard of this band before. POS'd.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks so much guys.

MaidenFan24
January 3rd 2013



54 Comments


These guys are awesome, need to look into more of their discography. Great review, probably gonna buy this as soon as I have aquired some of their older albums. Also, vocals are god-like!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2013



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably gonna buy this as soon as I have aquired some of their older albums

Start with some of the middle albums in their catalogue before steppinb back to the debut self-titled.



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