In the year of 2003 their masterpiece „Anthems Of Rebellion“ was released, and with it they raised the bar really high for the world of Melodic Death Metal. At least I certainly wasn’t the only one who thought that the band would be able to improve once again. But what can I say…I put on the new disc “Doomsday Machine” and after a short time I was not able to control my jaw anymore. What the Swedes have unleashed here once again is just incredible.
Not only their front-woman Angela Gossow, but the Amott bothers also outmatched themselves once again. The album really abounds in variety and creativity. The intro “Enter The Machine” prepares the listener well for what will follow, and in fact it is already quite worthwhile. In “Taking Back My Soul”, the first song which comes along heavy and aggressive follows. Varied drumming, twin-guitar melodies and impressive solos as well as aggressive vocals rule the action, which is really convincing. The numerous time changes and the high aggression factor prove that the band still is in a great shape and that their artistic skills are far from being exhausted. To me, “Nemesis” is one of the strongest and best songs of the Swedes ever, for example. Not only is it a great song par excellence, just like “Silent Wars” from the last album, it might even become the new anthem of the world of Melodic Death Metal. Again the song alternates between heavy and aggressive verses and outstanding bawl-along choruses that already make you look forward to their concerts while you are still at home.
One For All
All For One
We Are Strong
We Are One
Thus reads the lyrics of the chorus, which does not only fit perfectly, but which also strengthens the scene’s corporate feeling. For me it has become a true Death Metal anthem anyway, which counts among their best songs ever at the same time.
In comparison, “My Apocalypse” is rather groovy, but not bad by any means, as there simply are no bad tracks on this superb disc. There can only be one obstacle: that the voice might not meet your taste, but those who like Mrs. Gossow’s vocals will be absolutely overwhelmed by the album. All others must check it out and buy it. In a way I do not understand, the band has managed to easily top their last album (which already was the album of the month). Once again they raise the bar in their genre and without doubt they deliver another disc of the month. Absolute killer album! Buy it! (Online December 19, 2005)