Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine review
|Release date:||July 2005|
01. Enter The Machine
02. Taking Back My Soul
04. My Apocalypse
05. Carry The Cross
06. I Am Legend/Out For Blood
07. Skeleton Dance
08. Hybrids Of Steel
09. Mechanic God Creation
11. Slaves Of Yesterday
12. Heart Of Darkness [Live in Paris 2004] [Japanese bonus]
13. Bridge Of Destiny [Live in Paris 2004] [Japanese bonus]
Disc II [German limited edition bonus DVD - Live Apocalypse preview]
02. Dead Eyes See No Future [Live in London 2004]
03. Ravenous [Live in London 2004]
+ Nemesis [video clip]
There seems to be a lot of praise for Doomsday Machine, people think this was the comeback album of Arch Enemy after the lacking Anthems Of Rebellion. I didn't listen to Arch Enemy that often until I found the slipcase version of Doomsday Machine for a low price so I decided to pick it up and see what all the praise is about.
I love the futuristic look of the cover and the album booklet, it really gives a post apocalyptic aura and it shows great care - another good reason to buy instead of downloading. The intro really emits the post apocalyptic aura even more; it really sounds like a doom machine is about to be unleashed. And the machine unleashes it's rage on "Taking Back My Soul". The sound is crystal clear and Angela's screams are really crushing and it grabs you directly by the throat and the aggressive melodic riffs set the score just right. "Nemesis" is really a song for live performances especially with the lyric "One for all - all for one we are strong - we are one Nemesis". Now my favourite track of the album "My Apocalypse" has the perfect balance of brutality and melody and I love the added "sonar echo" effect. It gives a vision of a submarine about to strike.
"Carry A Cross" shows a change; it is a nice slower and softer song to fit the mood of the "burden we carry". Unfortunately it is also a bit dull and I really think it would have been better if Angela had've sung clean vocals here. The dullness doesn't end their sadly because "I Am Legend / Out For Blood" starts with an overly boring intro and the anger later in the song doesn't make up for it. It gets even worse all other songs are even more sleep inducing, "Hybrids Of Steel" is now my cure for insomnia since it is the boring "I Am Legend / Out For Blood" intro but only without the anger making up for it. Only "Machtkampf" seems to break the monotony, only to fail again in the later half of the song. It's in the other half that the Doomsday Machine gets a new nickname from me: Doomsday Recycle Machine, since all of those songs recycle riffs a lot. Sorry guys but this album isn't that heavenly as you claim it is. It probably would have been if the rest of the album were just as ace as the first five songs. Instead what we have is an album that is half good but other half containing boring and monotonous songs without character.
The bonus DVD is what it is - some clips of their live DVD and it is a pretty good performance.
|Doomsday Machine marks Arch Enemy's third installment in their new millennium Angela Gossow period. This album certainly has the slickest production of all three Gossow albums. Gossow herself has been produced in order to sound harsher vocally, sometimes bordering on black metal screeching on some songs. Fans of previous Gossow albums will enjoy Doomsday Machine but will be sad as this is the last Arch Enemy album with Christopher Amott on it. Amott left the band in the summer of 2005 in order to continue his studies.
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|The 2005 release "Doomsday Machine" by Arch Enemy is yet another example of the band's ability to create brilliant melodic death metal, in their own unique way. Stepping further away from their older, original sound, Arch Enemy has created a new album consisting of songs that vary in speed and overall sound. "Doomsday Machine" is a highly entertaining mix of songs ranging from a slow, haunting intro to blistering, bone chilling riffs.
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