If memory serves me right, there was a post punk outfit called The Damn or something else or related. On second thought, now that I googled it the band’s name was The Damned. Well, pretty near. Ah, and it wasn’t post punk, it was one of the pioneers of the punk movement. Whtaever, never heard. I say these things because it wasn’t only the name that attracted me, the sonancy attracted me as well. The Damnation sounds with a punk or post punk musical attitude mainly on vocals. Musicwise, the band is more near the post punk with some dashes of gothic. There is a very melodic verve hidden in all tracks, though. Metal here is in the blood of the band. I mean, it’s the roots.
“Way of Perdition” is great tittle for a Metal album. Let’s just say that some think Metal is a way of perdition itself. The drumming amazes the fan throughout the album. Luana Diniz does a great job here with her kit. “Grief of Death,” for instance, has a quirky drumming for Metal music. Really not that usual. Ah, by the way, The Damnation are a all female band. In many way the music in “Way of Perdition” reminds me L7’s “Bricks Are Heavy” maybe due to the variety of overtones the band put in here and the different way of mixing all the influences. I won’t say the album is much more near the alternative than to Metal, but alternative is a great influence to band. By alternative I mean the alternative that got famous in the 1990s not the modern alternative that is more linked to electronica. I guess this L7 parallel explains a lot the music I hear in this album. I guess sometimes my dear fan doesn’t understand at all my references but it’s alright. Things are like this in the Metal music world. Reading this maybe an urge to listen to L7 will happen and that’s alright again.
I noticed that there are very few guitar solos in the album. That’s a choice the band did. This choice approaches the band even more to the influences I aforementioned. The ones as “No Hope Inside” are simple but effective. No shredding here. Not bad, not good. Only the choice The Damnation did. “Way of Perdition” is a great album if my dear fan isn’s exactly looking for musical prowness or high technalities. The album is raw to an extent. I liked it just the way it is.
The Damnation “Way of Perdition” was released on May 06th via Soulseller Records.
- Before the Drowning
- Way of Perdition
- Into the Sun
- This Pain Won’t Last
- Grief of Death
- Random Words
- Slaves of Society
- Rotten Soul
- No Hope Inside
- The Greed
Watch “World’s Curse” official music video here: