Doomed from Day One: Nine Fingers review

\"NineFormed in 2009, Surrey (UK)-based Doomed From Day One have already garnered support slots with the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, Sylosis, Bleed From Within and Thy Art Is Murder, as well as receiving critical acclaim for their debut EP, The Wasted World from the likes of Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Big Cheese and Zero Tolerance Magazine, on top of radio air play from Total Rock and Bloodstock Radio. As such, with the upcoming release of their new EP, Nine Fingers, it would seem that once again they’re set to convert the masses to their own brand of progressive death metal. With a reputation for constantly touring, Doomed From Day One have already assembled a veritable army of fans, recruiting new members thanks to the intensity of their live shows. Now, with Nine Fingers due for release on Monday 21st of October, and a tour scheduled across the UK throughout September, the army is primed to grow and Doomed From Day One are surely about to expand on the mark they’re already leaving on the UK metal scene – but is the new EP any good? In a word – yes, it’s very good indeed. From the opening moments of title track, “Nine Fingers,” that draws the listener in with soft acoustic guitars, before ushering in the bands own signature blend of melodic, powerful metal, through to the dramatic closing moments of “In This Life Not The Next” there’s not a track that doesn’t fit into place perfectly or deliver all of the goods. Preconceptions of progressive death metal soon depart as the band reveal their true colours, managing to combine blisteringly heavy with soaring melodies and carefully thought through arrangements, demonstrating their skill and ability, as well as their understanding of their genre. Stand out moments on the EP are hard to pick largely due to the overall quality of the record, but title track, “Nine Fingers,” the progressive orientated “At Graves End” and chunky, riff orientated “The Promise” all stand out as tracks not to miss. With heavy riffs accompanied by guttural vocal lines, rolling drums and pounding bass rhythms, Nine Fingers is an EP that deserves to be played loud to fully appreciate everything that’s going on – taking the listener to a place where all that matters is the music on offer. Doomed From Day One may well have a reputation for an intense live show, but having heard Nine Fingers, that reputation is soon going to reflect their recordings as well, setting them in prime position to move forwards from here. Rating: 9/10 – Dave Nicholls