All that I can say is, I’m so glad this band exists. “From Fear,” is truly awesome.
I first saw Von Doom open for Dark Tranquility nearly a year ago. They stood out like a shiny beacon then, and they will stand out on Tuesday, August 8th, when they release their single, “From Fear.”
I’ve listened to it now about six times in a row. It’s one of those songs that you wish didn’t end, but I guess it would be weird to have 10 tracks on an album that are exactly the same. But, if any band could do it, Von Doom could with this song.
“From Fear,” is the band’s first release in six years. It is aggressive from the start, complete with background vocals upon the first note. I was a tiny bit worried when I first heard it, wondering if the vocals were recorded low…but rest assured, they aren’t; that fact becomes very clear within seconds of listening.
Let me just get this out of the way: the guitars are fantastic, the lyrics are clever, the bass is strong and provides superior support to the drums (which are ridiculously good,) and the vocals match the pace and feel of the song really well.
I find Von Doom to be a bit difficult to categorize in my mind. Yeah, I don’t like the plethora of genres either, but I somehow have to make the identification in my mind when I listen. They are good ole’ USA thrash metal, but they are also very akin to European death metal, with a splash of ambient black metal.
The song starts out with a nice groove and immediate low-level vocals, and it works really well. It moves right into a full swing of bouncy groove riffs, followed by a fast thrash metal section. A reprieve with a melodic ambient slice, and then back into thrash. The interesting breakdown with an off-pattern component ends the cycle, and it goes back to relive the awesomeness all over again. The song ends with frantically fast guitaring and believably angry vocals that soften to a pretty note at the end. And when it is over, you have to listen to it again…because it is just that good.
Smart lyrics, melodic, heavy, groove-driven, aggressive, well written, well recorded, well played, and no clean vocals. The correct length in theory, but too short for maximum pleasure. Thankfully we all have a repeat or “back track” button. That sums up “From Fear.”
I can’t wait to hear what Von Doom does next. I wrote the band after I heard it and just said, “Seriously?” The song is that good!
If this song is any indication of what the band has in mind for the future…the sky is the limit for Von Doom.
I highly suggest you put Von Doom on your radar if it isn’t already. (And, if you are lucky enough to be in the Pacific Northwest, catch them on the Devil Driver bill.)
Follow them and buy “From Fear” here: Facebook: facebook.com/vondoomband or Bandcamp:vondoom.bandcamp.com