It’s impossible to pigeonhole this band into a narrow spectrum of rock and metal. Lead singer Mark Kennedy’s range is unexpectedly broad. If you’ve listened to the “Ten Second Songs” series on YouTube, Mark echoes the different styles and broad gamut of sounds and talent that Anthony Vincent uses. If you’re not familiar with Vincent, that comparison is no small compliment.Damnations Day, a clear reference to your Monday morning at work after a Sunday bender, is following up from their first full length album, Invisible, The Dead with the new A World Awakens; a fresh take on the thrash genre. The hook these Aussie natives use is the uncommon form of Melodic Thrash Metal, which sounds as unlikely a combination as a lawnmower swaddle. Yet, it combines a sound that will remind you of their peers such as Trivium and Queensryche, but with a lyrical quality and metal twist all their own.
Along with Mark’s brother, Dean on drums providing an ample, solid backdrop, their journey of style throughout the album is prolific. It would also be folly not to acknowledge lead guitarist Jon King’s impressive solos in A World Awakens, improving and upgrading his style from their original album drop. Mixed by Jacob Hansen, noted for his work with Volbeat, Hansen works wonders to make the album flow in a damnably bad-ass direction.
In interviews with Antihero Magazine, the band has stated their focus is on the simplicity of the art of metal and are admittedly still honing and maturing their sound to work through different venues and avenues of growth in their trade. Mark and his brother have noted their largest influences are through their initial interest in the metal genre by listening to Metallica and the love of more contemporary influences like Crimson Glory. Damnations Day admits they are moving a bit beyond their original thrash metal sound, but are still working on how to develop it. Their own personal love for “Colours of Darkness” highlights their true range and they are right to call it a favorite.
Damnations Day’s Invisible, The Dead is damn good and belies the smaller level of exposure this band has yet seen.
We at Shockwave Magazine hope to hear more of the band’s message and sound, especially considering the spiritual and potentially religious symbolism heard through their track titles and lyrics. I, personally, would love to see a North American tour with these boys that would herald other bands of their nature, for damned sure. You’re damn right I would. Puns.