[Review] Doomsday Hymn – Mene Tequel Ufarsim
Doomsday Hymn is a thrash metal hybrid who comes from the great thrash land of Brazil. First off before I go further into this review, I want to say thrash metal is really not one of my favourite genres under the sun. When I first was getting into metal, thrash was a no go with exceptions to bands like Sepultura. Gladly, Doomsday Hymn really falls under the exceptions bracket of Brazilian thrash metal. Mene Tequel Ufarsim is the bands second release and first full length, as well as where I have gained my opinion of the band.
Thrash metal is usually plagued by what I would define as “bad” vocals, almost like hardcore punk vocals, they tend to be shouts. Whether Tourniquet or Believer, that seems to be the norm. The first thing you need to know about Gil Lopes is that he is no ordinary thrash metal vocalist, he has done vocals for a few power metal bands including… Menahem! Although it looks Lopes was just a live vocalist, nevertheless if he is capable of filling in for Lean Van Ranna, you must understand he has a great voice. In terms of Doomsday Hymn, Lopes has more of a Max Cavalera sound than that sort of plain thrash metal shouting – which is definitely a good thing in my opinion. Lopes also has a bit of a Sotahuuto sound, in fact Doomsday Hymn and Sotahuuto bear quite a few similarities. The music is also not simply straight up thrash metal, but also incorporates a good amount of groove metal, making the music pretty bouncy at times. As a guitarist I quite enjoy the riffs throughout this album, it isn’t just tremolo and palm mutes, there are solos that remind me a bit of the solos on Mortification’s Primitive Rhythm Machine, there are catchy seven string grooves, some fun taps and leads sprinkled here and there. Karim Serri and Angelo Torquetto do well to keep things pretty interesting. Some parts of the drum kit also have a bit of that tribal sound. The drumming has a bit of a death metal influence here and there, with things like fast double and the occasional blast beat. Jarlisson Jaty also have a good amount of variety with hand work, generally keeping things more complicated than regular death metal “blast the entire song” he also maintains a good amount of groove. To be honest, Jaty doesn’t feel like that much of a thrash metal drummer, in as much as he is a groove metal drummer. Allan Pavani tends to lay down a groovy bass, which on the record has a decently fat sound, although Pavani doesn’t really take up much of the limelight with his riffs.
Mene Tequel Ufarsim has pretty solid production, Doomsday Hymn truly put their money where their mouths are (or music is) with getting a solid recording on this full length. In terms of things to work on, it is a pretty tight album; the guitarists could perhaps do solos at the speed of Dave Kellogg’s solo on Mortification’s song Mephibosheth. Serri and Torquetto are pretty fast already though. I don’t think this album is at masterpiece level, although being high caliber. However, if the band stays the course, masterpiece level could be well on the way.
I would give this album 80 out of 100.
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