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Album Of The Month January 2014
Doom | ‘Corrupt Fucking System’


More righteous crust fury from the embodiment of the genre.

It wasn’t meant to be like this.

These miscreants were only meant to play a few gigs at the Mermaid in Birmingham for free scrumpy and the chance to boast to their dreadlocked mates that they supported Antisect and Amebix.

Instead, they took the Dis-formula to the nth degree and became (as well as Extreme Noise Terror) the link between the cider drinking noise mongers that birthed the likes of Chaos UK, Discharge and the early grindcore scene (Mick Harris played in an early incarnation of Doom). Not bad work at all. And to be doing it (on and off) for 25 years is highly impressive.

With the recent appropriation by the mainstream of the visuals associated with crust punk (who can forget Lady Gaga wearing a studded leather jacket with Doom and GISM patches, while Angelina Jolie has been known to sport a Crass t-shirt), it’s an apt time for Doom to release their first album since 2001’s ‘World of Shit.’

You should already know ‘Stripped, Whipped and Crucified’ by now as it appeared on the ’25 Years of Crust’ comp. Beginning with a crescendo of guitar and bass noise, it’s a livid condemnation of the activities of the Catholic Church: “Perverted hallowed tyranny/Dismissive of compassion…Protected by the Vatican.”

The all too familiar Dis-chord still sounds like the end of the world and a short solo from Bri Doom is reminiscent of his riff to ‘Rush Hour of the Gods’: suitably moody and acts as a welcome breather from the onslaught. The song also features a chorus that Discharge should be kicking themselves over for not coming up with in the first place.

‘Prey For Our Souls’ is an unexpected (but completely logical) collaboration with punk poet/Crass Records stalwart Andy T. Using the breakdown riff of the previous song, Andy T denounces both Christianity and Islam as “…poisonous doctrine…” which “…turns men into beasts.”

While not exactly groundbreaking rhetoric, it’s still pretty cool to hear that Doom have not forgotten their anarcho roots and even better that they didn’t go for someone obvious like Dick Lucas or Colin Latter.

‘Human Meat’ is another attacking riff, but is let down by some rather silly lyrics: “Addicted to death in-a-bun/Human meat much more fun…A man, woman or a baby sub?”

While I understand the message, and without wishing to denigrate the band’s commitment to animal rights, it’s moments like this which makes it easy for others to dismiss the genre of punk rock as simplistic and inarticulate diatribes. Besides, it’s not exactly “You try to stroke me in a field/Then go home and eat me as your meal”, is it?

‘Yes, They Still Test On Dogs’ begins as midtempo before speeding up for the chorus. Moments like this highlight what a tight guitarist Bri is and the metallic crunch of the chords hit all the right spots. A middle eight breakdown underlines the importance of bassist Scoot and drummer Stick in making the songs ATTACK.

That conflict that we see every day between the haves and the have nots is accurately depicted in ‘Suffering in Silence’: ” The taxes we are forced to pay/For a fucking royal wedding day… Increasingly feeding the wealthy/While suffering in silence.”

Musically, there’s a superb moment when you hear the sound of a plectrum being run along guitar strings. It almost suggests to the listener that a time bomb will go off soon.

‘Con-Dem Nation’ opens with a scuzzy bass riff (always a winner for me) and assaults the listener with the crimes committed by politicians on a daily basis and points out that “… You STILL vote them in!” The backing vocals from Scoot and Bri makes the accusation all the more cutting.

Closing with ‘Cults of Human Sacrifice’, we get a sample of “The God Debate II” sound tracked with an apocalyptic backdrop of Amebix and Killing Joke inspired riffage. This is a devastating closer which makes the listener visualise a world where the bomb was dropped, and the survivors must scavenger for food.

Simply put, this is the best release from Doom since ‘Rush Hour of the Gods.’ The production is clean enough to take in the more left of centre moments, while retaining the crustiness needed.

The songs (with the exception of ‘Human Meat’) stand up with the rest of their back catalogue, and show that they’re still pissed off.

These miscreants have delivered.

4.1 / 5 ::: Christopher Owens ::: 23/12/13


7 Comments
  1. For silly lyrics how could you fail to mention “Final Hour (For The Golden Shower)”???

  2. Cool review I love this band Im lookin forward to hearing this!

  3. This is awesome.

  4. Can’t wait to get this sounds filthy!

  5. this is fucking class. i love doom
    is there a physical wynal release?

  6. so there is: http://www.doomcrustpunk.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_5&products_id=19

  7. ‘Human Meat’ is a class tune aswell by the way. The silly lyrics should be excused by the excellent lyrics of ‘Pray For our Souls’ just before it

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