Fireworks

CD Reviews

Damnations Day - 'A World Awakens' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/05/36/e1/damnations-day-a-world-awakens-92-1517257227.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 29, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4432   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Label

Label

Genre

Doesn't lack in ambition and proves an impressive journey.

...And so... would a world awaken at the sound of the Mark Kennedy-led monolith of sound which announces the returning Damnations Day.

This is a band made up of the Kennedy brothers – guitarist/singer Mark and drummer Dean – plus the lead guitar of Jon King who are all accompanied by the bass and string-arranging skills of Dean Wells. All members are active players in the Aussie Metal movement who collectively touch a few more bases than basic Metal, erring towards arrangements which tick the Progressive box, yet with elements verging on the powerfully melodic and Symphonic, whilst also being big on the drama. Support slots with the likes of Accept and Nightwish have gone some way to cementing their reputation and potential, but how do they shape up in the studio?

Lyrically, we're delving into dark areas; there's an early indication of the direction with the declaration "we're witnessing the falling of it all". Everything is penned in a sometimes disturbing and cryptic narrative via the first person, songs in the manner of 'Dissecting The Soul' and 'Colours Of Darkness' provide a commentary to accompany the deeply burnt amber stone towers of the cover art, while completing the experience is a resonant musical soundtrack. By the time the album reaches 'Into Black', an angst-filled acoustic-based number which comes swelled out with a string arrangement, it signifies the half time whistle and a welcome respite following the passionate workout of 'I Pray'. The latter is a track that concludes an energetic opening twenty minute burst that sees the gods of thunder pouring out one dynamic and vital climax after another.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The restart sees 'To Begin Again' evolve into a huge spectacle from subtle beginnings, while the drama is reined in for a more back-to-basics charge through 'The Idol Counterfeit'. Suddenly, the thought occurred to me that Mark Kennedy is sounding a bit like Sammy Hagar (Van Halen era). The combination of a lilting and contemplative acoustic intro is used again to close out the album on 'Diagnose'. A lick and spit of studio polish ensures any raw edges are smoothed out and the overall impression evokes a sense of grandeur.

This, the second Damnations Day album, whilst maybe not setting any new markers, doesn't lack in ambition and proves an impressive journey.

Mike Ainscoe

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  October 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 18 hours ago
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.
  • Berny : @Hysteria & @KI2000: Many thanks for your kind words! :)
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site