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TBFM - Rated 10/10
Doomsday Outlaw hail from the East Midlands and South Yorkshire and have just produced, for me, one of the albums of 2016. To pigeonhole this band is very difficult but “Melodic Hard rock” gives you a vague idea.
The album opens with the chugging riff of Walk on Water, followed by the single release, Fallback, showing real intent with both power and melody.
Things change however with an acoustic track of just 51 seconds, Driftwood, seguing into a strong power ballad All That I Have which allows vocalist Phil to show what he is made of, as does the following title trackSuffer More. Both tracks also include wonderful guitar work by Steve and Gavin.
As Suffer More fades we have the 51 second (is this a favourite number?) aural assault which is Pandemonium, I really think this track could happily be 4 or 5 times as long, but we are back with hard rock for the next two tracks, I’ve Been Found, a quite ‘bluesy track which has very addictive riff, and Bring Me Pain, which is a solid workout for rhythm section Indy Chanda (bass) and John “Ironfoot” Willis (drums – obviously!) This track also has a great sing-a-long chorus and a superb double guitar break, wonderful stuff.
Now come my two personal favourite tracks on the album “Blues For A Phantom Limb, (which is certainly up there as a track title of the year contender!), and Saltwater. These are both Chanda compositions and change the direction somewhat by having a Southern rock feel, harking back, a little, to an earlier Doomsday sound.
One of the things about this album, which makes it so good, is the variation, the light and shade, the tough and the gentle all mixed together but the track running order was quite obviously thought about long and hard. This shows with the next track Standing Tall, an out and out acoustic ballad (the first of two ballads along with the penultimate track on the album Running Into You.)
Following Standing Tall is Wait Until Tomorrow which would not feel out of place on a classic Whitesnake album, with the chugging riff and bluesy feel, and of course a powerhouse vocal from Phil. This track is awesome.
The album ends with two hard rock tracks Jericho Cane and Tale of a Broken Mansandwiching the afore-mentioned ballad Running Into You., leaving you with the overwhelming desire to hit the “replay” button.
In conclusion, a roller-coaster ride of an album where each change of direction comes as a thrilling surprise, leaving you breathless, elated and wanting more. A tour de force, and no mistake, and a very definite 10/10
Power Metal (GER) - Rated 9.5/10
Terrific Modern Blues from an undiscovered band
For a long time, a state probably not going to last, DOOMSDAY OUTLAW have led an underground existence. With their new album, this British group have certainly made a monster step to the very top, at least as regards the songwriting. Driven by some very charming Southern rock vibes to get the troops raging with 15 first-class, contemporary blues rockers that excel not only in terms of feeling and authenticity about everything the market currently, but also with regard to the supercool performance you can experience on "Suffer More" . A stroke of luck ? Yes absolutely!
The labels should therefore act quickly and secure the services of this fantastic group, because it is virtually certain that DOOMSDAY OUTLAW will launch powerful wildfire, probably even with major deal in the back. The great melodies, versatile songwriting, haunting vocals and beautiful ballads, but also the oppressive grooves - there really is nothing that does not bring the band to absolute perfection. And it's not just the blues - "Suffer More" drives . A few dirty stoner riffs are just part of the party with a few classic rock excursions deserving, not infrequently, some small LED ZEPPELIN stickers.
With such an album, DOOMSDAY OUTLAW would undoubtedly have been rushed past in the 90s to get to acts such as Aerosmith and the charts have ruled from above. But what was already a classic could mutate - and today is no less grandiose. "Suffer More" is a real find, of which one already hard to imagine that the band again someday will be able to beat him. Buy it now !
Playing tips : Fallback, Blues For A Phantom Limb, Standing Tall, Tale Of A Broken Man
Worship Metal - Rated 9/10
Almost a year to the day after Doomsday Outlaw’s Black River was a Worship Metal Album of the Week recommendation, these wily scamps from Derbyshire – by way of Jacksonville, Florida if their Southern rock/metal is anything to go by – are back with the sophomore Suffer More and we’ve no choice but to make this outstanding record, album of the week….again!
First things first, there’s a little more shine, sheen and glitz to Suffer More, an understandable nod to wider consumption perhaps, and while the influence of the legendary The Allman Brothers Band, .38 Special and Blackfoot looms large, there’s also a Led Zeppelin feel and even a grunge(!) edge to some songs. The result is an extremely varied album, incorporating elements from the entire history of classic rock and metal and a deft touch with dynamics.
The chug-heavy “Walk On Water”, “Fallback” and the 52 second “Pandemonium” (the finest 1 minute of heavy metal we’ve heard this year incidentally) recall the band that made their debut so damn delicious but the one year growth – and we’re not just describing the enviable beard length of their drummer – is most evident in the epic Skynyrd-esque anthems “All That I Have” and “Tale Of A Broken Man”; all brawn and bluster balanced by a compassionate clutch of range and depth and superb songwriting.
That grunge comparison comes to light on the Alice In Chains-esque title track. An album highlight that should further endear these hard working harbingers of hard rock to the masses, “Suffer More” showcases an indefatigable grasp of what makes these semi-ballads so damn addictive and is purpose-built for hordes of festival audiences to sing in gleeful unison. All in all, Suffer More is quality, for want of a more adventurous description, a 15 track excursion into absolutely everything that makes Southern rock/metal so timeless and Doomsday Outlaw may have just crowned themselves kings of 2016 with this release.
In our original review of Black River, we described these guys as “mountain men blindly swigging from moonshine brewed in their own piss” (this was a compliment we assure you) and we’d like to take this opportunity to now elaborate on our rather vulgar choice of words. With Suffer More, Doomsday Outlaw have upped the ante considerably, they’re still mountain men but they’ve moved on from moonshine and they’re now sipping champagne, celebrating the fact that they’ve kicked the ‘second album curse’ square in the cock.
Sophomore slump? Don’t be stupid. Doomsday Outlaw could release an album every 6 weeks and it’d be better than 99% of the bands out there!
Maximum Volume - Rated 9.5/10
East Midlanders change tack for album number two
Last year, an album arrived in the MV inbox from an East Midlands based band called Doomsday Outlaw.
It said all the right things to get us excited. It namechecked the right bands in the press kit that came with it, but moreover the record was absolutely knockout brilliant.
To give you a flavour of what it sounded like, MV (and apologies here for the orgy of self-congratulation) came up with a line that the band still uses to describe it. It was, we said, like Lynyrd Skynyrd drinking moonshine with Clutch and Motörhead.
In fact, so much did we like the record, a month or two after it came out we caught up with the band’s bass player Indy for a discussion about it.
Amongst the usual stuff, the four stringer said that the band were already working on things for album two and it would probably sound different from the “Black River” opus. At the time, to be honest, we put it down to one of those things bands say. It turns out we were wrong and Indy was right, because it’s a very, very different beast that is before us on album number two.
That means literally and figuratively. Literally because “Suffer More” is the first record for new singer Phil, but with due respect to him and the formidable shift he puts in here, the figurative is rather more crucial here, because the sound of “….More” is that of band that has thrown off any shackles they had before.
For one thing its incredibly long – clocking in at 14 full length songs. For another, it is just plain and simply incredible.
In that chat last year, Indy said the band he most wanted to emulate was Black Stone Cherry. Opener “Walk On Water” makes good on that ambition and constructs a riff and groove that quite fancies his arena rock lark, thank you very much, but this record is far too busy trying things out to admire its work.
“Fallback” likes the idea of a massive, swaggering groove, but it adds a soaring chorus to the mix while its about it. It’s the song that follows, though, that finally convinces that you are listening to something a bit special. “All That I Have” is a quite brilliant effort that nods at everything from Screaming Trees to The Allman Brothers and is the mark of a band with a total mastery of their craft.
If that is the high water mark here, then the rest, believe us, is a gold plated triumph. A record that keeps you guessing and one which you never quite know what to expect, twists and turns, shimmys and shakes its way through, the enormous balladry of the title track, a punk rock thrash about, appropriately called “Pandemonium”, there’s even a trip back to the southern swamps that the debut inhabited for the glorious fun of “I’ve Been Found” – which wouldn’t have been out of place on The Answer’s tour-de-force of a debut record.
It goes on, never pausing for breath along the way, “Bring You Pain” rocks the cowbell and sounds like the best track Thunder didn’t write, “Blues For A Phantom Limb” would make The Black Crowes green with envy, while a song as good as “Saltwater” quite simply makes everything better.
The surprises too, just keep coming and its almost as if no idea here was rejected. “Standing Tall” comes on like Tom Petty, but even for an album with as much to say as this one the fact DO can get as mean and menacing as the Alice In Chains infused “Wait Until Tomorrow” is still a shock especially as “Running Into You” is stripped back, lilting gorgeous acoustics, and provides a wonderful counterbalance.
“Suffer More” is astonishing. You won’t hear a more varied record this year. You probably won’t hear many better either. What Doomsday Outlaw have in mind for album number three, only they know, but such is their talent don’t back against them bettering even this.
The Midlands Rocks - Rated 9/10
Released by the band on 27 May 2016 while Allan Jones poured another bourbon, sat on the porch, and grooved out to it…
Ah, good ol’ southern rock: grooves galore, a distinct lack of pretention, and a desire to chill out with a decent bourbon and some good company. Which makes it all the more surprising to find that this five piece band hails from the Midlands. It’s all the more irritating that this is their second album, which means I’ve missed out on their debut. But, on the other hand, I suppose it also means I don’t have to wait to hear another album’s worth of music by these guys. And I really, really want to hear more from these guys right away too.
This album kicks like a mule, laden with groove after groove after thumping groove with more riffs hitting you over the head than you’d get if you shook a tree full of riffs while you were standing underneath it. Even better, they’re not a one-trick pony, either. Tracks like ‘Driftwood’ and ‘All That I Have’ show that they can do the softer, acoustic side of things, and still write really, really good songs. While overall there’s a southern rock flavour to proceedings, they don’t stick slavishly to the genre.
Songs like ‘Suffer More’ and ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’ wouldn’t sound out of place on an Alter Bridge album, whereas Black Stone Cherry would be inordinately proud of the likes of the first single release ‘Fallback’, and if ‘I’ve Been Found’ doesn’t have you stomping your feet like some of the best Clutch tracks you’ve heard, I’d be surprised. I have to give bonus points for the glorious cowbell in ‘Bring You Pain’ too – plus ‘Blues For A Phantom Limb’ might just be the track title of the year, while also reminding me of some of my favourite tracks by The Union to boot. It’s like a smorgasbord of the best of the classic rock genre, all filtered through Doomsday Outlaw’s own sensibilities to produce something that’s at once familiar but still distinctive.
It really is an absolute pleasure to listen to this album. It just oozes class and swagger and style. Everything just works and flows together smoothly. Bluesy guitar riffs abound, vocals strut over the top, and the rhythm section holds everything together with aplomb. It’s right up there with the best I’ve heard so far this year and should be on your playlist right now
Dangerdog - Rated 4.5/5.0
Rumbling out of England's Midlands is Doomsday Outlaw with their second effort,Suffer More. It's a barn burning riff monster of classic rock with 15 tunes at nearly 70 minutes. Really, I think these lads are misplaced, by the distance of an ocean, with their blend of American southern hard rock, blues, and early proto-metal.
Ultimately, what you catch at the start is the twin guitar riff assualt. Call them harmonious brooding and bruising, even thumping when heard over the bass and drums. Then, from lthe wall of riffage an abundance of classic solos send sparkst into the night. After this, the next thing that caught my ears was Doomsday Outlaw's sense of pure rock groove, and it's pretty persistent at that. If you can't get your toe-tapping while you're headbanging, you're too old for rock n roll.
After these things, it's the subtle nuances you need to listen for. Like the soulful Hammond organ underneath I've Been Found and it's latent blues. And that blues groove finds its way into the belly of more than a few songs. All That I Have, for instance, and also Jericho Cane, Suffer More, and Blues For A Phantom Limb. Alternatively, Doomsday can simply bring you stomping classic heavy rock, with 70's thunder and fuzz, as with Bring You Pain and Tale Of A Broken Man. Yet, curiously, I found one song that stood out among the bunch, and it's on 52 seconds long. That would be Pandemonium, which advances the new genre, hillbilly speed punk. Catch the drums and bass line in this one.
Bottom line, Suffer More is an oxymoron. You should grab this album and enjoy more. Play it loud, of course. Recommended.
The Rockpit (AUS) - Rated 4/5
After a great debut ‘Black River’ just last year, Derby’s Doomsday Outlaw is back with yet another long-player and we’re more than pleased to say that ‘Suffer More’ really does bring home the promise the debut showed. If you love your Metal all with all the ‘S’s – Sabbathy, Southern and Stoner then this is for you and while fifteen songs might seem overlong or a stretch for some, here it allows the band to explore further the groundwork laid by ‘Black River’.
‘Walk on Water’ sets the ball rolling full of menace and distortion before the rolling groove of ‘Fallback’ (the first single) plants a second foot firmly in the teeth and just when you’re waiting for the head to come clean off the gentle running water and acoustic of instrumental ‘Driftwood’ and mellow but building ‘All That I Have’ not only change gears but change vehicles too. It’s a jarring change before ‘All That I Have’ changes up gears, but not necessarily a bad one. At almost seven minutes ‘All That I Have’ with its Southern blood in the veins shows that gloriously imposing other Classic Southern Rock side to the band.
That of course is really the tale and the appeal of Doomsday Outlaw, the ‘Dark and the Light’, the heavy sludgy Metal against the grittier groove-laden rock, and it works for me. If you like that lighter touch then title track ‘Suffer More’ is almost the distillation of the two worlds, a Soundgarden-like epic that has plenty of wail and bite.
‘Pandemonium’ of course is heavy as hell, under a minute and more about Motorhead fury than Sabbath sonics; ‘I’ve Been Found’ on the other hand brings back the doom, albeit with an almost Proggy swing to it; while ‘Bring You Pain’ takes us back South. Like on the first album it’s with these type of tracks we see the elevation: It’s a great song.
The picked intro to ‘Blues for a Phantom Limb’ gives that subtle southern flavour to the fiery hard rocker before ‘Saltwater’ offers a little Hendrixy guitar to a hard blues with plenty of swagger and groove. On an album with plenty of texture ‘Standing Tall’ takes it all down again nicely, it’s a great song that builds beautifully to become one of the real highpoints of a great album.
For the very few that still need convincing ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’ rides a huge heavy groove that evokes the moodier moments of bands like STP, while ‘Jericho Cane’ worships the guitar and adds some real menace. Whilst the most noticeable thing about Derbyshire’s finest might be the smoldering voice of Phil Poole and Steve Broughton’s wailing guitars shared on lead and rhythm duties with Gavin Mills, this is by no means a band that relies on that alone with Indy's bass and (the suitably named) John 'Ironfoot' Willis drums just as much a vital part of the sound.
Closing an album that never seems overlong and hasn’t a hint of filler about it ‘Running Into You’ offers the most heartfelt moment, proving that when these guys take the pace down they do it just as well as they do the bluster . It’s a great song as is the last word: ‘Tales of a Broken Man’ that closes the album just as strongly as it began with another 5 minute plus epic that may even see Poole’s best vocal as he leads us through a song that encapsulates everything that is essential about this band.
Sometimes you get to hear the very best before everyone else catches up. ‘Doomsday Outlaw’ could well be the best independent rock band in the UK at the moment.
Altcorner - Rated 8/10
Doomsday Outlaw are a 5 piece hard-rock band from Derbyshire. Suffer More is their 14-track sophomore album and it’s amazing.
They have a really diverse sound, on a first listen I was getting strong Red Hot Chilli Peppers influence but heavier sounds, then as the album went on there are brief hints of Rolling Stones, a bit of blues, and really heavy KISS vibes. Heavier songs like ‘Pandemonium’ are broken up with slower songs like ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’. The variety made the 14 tracks really nice to listen to, it isn’t one of those albums where you get bored half way through because it all sounds the same – which was a criticism of their first album, ‘Black River’.
This album features none of the growling and gritty south-American sounding vocals provided by Vocalist Carl Batten on ‘Black River’, as the band said goodbye to Batten, they welcomed a man called Phil to take over on vocals on this album. All I know about Phil is his name, and that he is an outstanding vocalist. His mature tone perfectly complements the band’s sound as he shouts along to ‘Bring you Pain’, which makes full use of his vocal talent.
‘Saltwater’ is a massive highlight on the album, the riff and guitars are insane, the fast-paced singing makes it all the more exciting, and it is one of those songs I can really see myself moshing around to. ‘Suffer More’, the title track, perfectly emulates the album’s sound. It’s a 6 minute 48 second ballad with smooth but heavy vocals, interesting melodies, and crashing drums. It begins slow, but then builds to an epic chorus of loud vocals and power chords. The album ends with ‘Tale of a Broken Man’, which was a pretty perfect end to the album. It builds from a slow song to the anthemic, fast paced hard rock present in the rest of the album.
They are a band that wouldn’t sound out of place headlining a major festival and I am sure they will some day if 'Suffer More' is anything to go by.
Rockmuzine (NETHERLANDS) - Rated 7.5/10
TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH:
And then there was suddenly Doomsday Outlaw, a band that sounded in 2015 as if they were pulled straight out of the Californian desert, such were the heavy stoner riffs. Nothing was further from the truth: Doomsday Outlaw are from the Midlands in the UK. Their debut album 'Black River' was received in metal circles with cheers. Doomsday Outlaw is quite productive, since the end of May 2016 sees the band present its second album ‘Suffer More’.
The first thing you notice when you compare 'Suffer More' with its predecessor is that the vocals are less strained – they still sound rough, but make more use of the high registers. Whether you prefer this is a matter of taste - to me it sounds more natural to listen to.
‘Suffer More’ contains 15 tracks. The album opens strongly with "Walk On Water" in which the gritty riffs literally fly around . The catchy “Fall Back” is the first single from the album. “Fall Back” is propelled by growling bass lines, and singer Phil leads with soulful vocals.
“Driftwood” is an acoustic trifle whose sole function seems to be to merge seamlessly into “All That I Have”.
“All That I Have” is one of the highlights of the album, not least because Doomsday Outlaw builds the song nicely towards the dramatic choruses. A real crowd rocker for me. The title track of the album, "Suffer More”, is another one of the highlights of the album. “Suffer More” is a dark epic – similar to Alice in Chains in their heyday, with slow heavy riffs and impassioned vocals
Thereafter follows a trio of tough, energetic songs. “Pandemonium” is, as the title suggests, a punk explosion of less than one minute. “Pandemonium” blends seamlessly into “I've Been Found", an energetic rock song. “Bring You Pain” to me is the best of this trio, an aggressive filthy Southern Rock song.
“Blues For a Phantom Limb" along with the title track, is the highlight of 'Suffer More'. After a traditional blues intro on banjo, the riff is taken over by a cutting electric guitar. "Blues For a Phantom Limb” creates a desolate atmosphere. A wonderful epic tale of loss in a filthy blues rocker
In “Standing Tall” Doomsday Outlaw shows that they can convince in a ballad. Nicely built with acoustic guitars, with a slow-building threat of guitar feedback and slowly rising bass. "Wait Until Tomorrow" turns this completely around - heavy, bulky guitar riffs and sung beautifully dark. Bouncer “Tale Of a Broken Man” has an intro reminiscent of Bon Jovi, but the guitar riffs erupt and this number grows into a fat Southern rocker .
On ‘Suffer More’ we hear a strong, inspired band . Doomsday Outlaw seemed to have no problems with the "always difficult second album syndrome". There is not a bad song on the album, although some numbers do not really add anything to the whole. “Driftwood”, “I've Been Found" and "Jericho Cane” may be missed in my opinion, making the album more compact and would have more impact.
Musipedia - Rated 7/10
Doomsday Outlaw is an apt name for the Midlands based band, with the right amount Southern flavour to a doomy, modern heavy rock sound the Doomsday Outlaw's second record is full of swaggering riffs, a huge rhythm section and some soulful vocals that mean that the record is equal parts Black Stone Cherry and Alter Bridge with a distinct British hard rock sound cutting through the Kentucky fancying Southern rock mire. At 15 songs the record is a bit of monster but the first 10 all shoot by with Walk On Water having a chunky swagger, Fallback sounding like Alter Bridge, bolstered by the vocals of Phil that echo Myles and Toseland, a sound that continues on the punky Pandemonium. It's only after repeated listens you can sort the wheat from the chaff, one of my favourites is All That I Have which has a massive chorus and the Southern flavour I talked of before as the dual guitars of Steve and Gav add an acoustically laden backing to the heavy rock as does I've Been Found which even plays with some organs on top of Indy and John's throbbing rhythm section, there's even a banjo on the showstoppingBlues For A Phantom Limb. With the heavy rock abound on this album the band can slow the pace with the beautiful title track which is massive, arms in the air muscular ballad. Suffer More is a great album with a modern American rock vibe totally opposite to to the bands Midlands roots, If you love your music honest, true and delivered with a handful of grit thenSuffer More will be on your player for a good while to come.
Made in Metal (SPAIN)
TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH:
A few days ago we remembered Southern Rock groups in our radio program number 18, and we received only a few hours after the second disc of this new group from the Midlands in England.
The band has a sound that marries together classic bands Lynyrd Skynyrd with Black Stone Cherry. The guitar solo of "All That I Have" seems like it was done by Allen Collins. At other times it is reminiscent of Zakk Wylde, As in the title song. However, when they reach "Pandemonium" it changes completely and it would seem they are playing a song from Motorhead. And it is that British feel that has not been put aside entirely, though not repeated, on a song so hard and heavy: "Jericho Cane". Whether in modern style, to seventies moments, to Uriah Heep in the first part of "I've been found".
Vocalist Phil Poole has a special voice timbre for classic rock. His voice sometimes seems taken from a recording of the seventies. Beside him the true architects of the sound of the group, are the versatile guitars of Gavin Mills and Steve Broughton. A mix of southern rock and classic British rock.
Suffer More was recorded and mixed at Snug Recording in Derby by Richard Collins (Lost Alone, Therapy?), And mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Rolling Stones, Jack White).