Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times

Hard Times Cover

Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times
Frontiers Music
Running time: 57:00
Released Date 11/05/2018
Review by Vikkie Richmond
8/10

Northern five piece rockers Doomsday Outlaw are gaining a hard and fast reputation as a band to be reckoned with, as well as a proper solid fan base across the country and beyond…

“Hard Times” is their second album and quite simply, it’s a bit of a banger. The opening title track has a familiar, memorable lick to open with and the guitars and percussion are solid all the way through. Phil Poole’s vocals are wide ranging, but not strained and it definitely isn’t one to sit still to.

I particularly like the repetitive chorus of ‘Spirit That Made Me’ and the way the instrumental builds up around it to finish on a funky fade out. Talking of funky, ‘Bring It On Home’ couldn’t get much more groovy if it tried; I just love the harmonies on the chorus and the infectious riff running through the song.

Other favourite tracks are the soulful, toned down, ‘Will You Wait’, which is a little bit of a ballad, but also has a big, rocking instrumental mid-section and some nicely picked guitar chords; the very southern sounding ‘Break Through’ (although I wasn’t a massive fan of the vocals) and the raunchy ‘Too Far Left To Fall’.

I’m also a sucker for a band that can do a good ballad; if you’re a soft and fluffy ‘all the feels’ type, then check out ‘Into The Light’, a simple, stunning affair that had me transfixed for the duration. Great vocals and great instrumental.

The production is a little muffled in places, but overall, this album is a cracker; certainly if you’re looking for a harder southern edge than some of the tamer bands that are around at the moment, Doomsday Outlaw have it by the bucket load. Is it ground-breaking? Well probably not, but it’ll get you up and moving and it’s the sort of album that will kick start any party. I really liked it and I’m getting notoriously harder to please with each year that passes. Triumphant!

TRACKLISTING:
01 Hard Times
02 Over And Over
03 Spirit That Made Me
04 Into The Light
05 Bring It On Home
06 Days Since I Saw The Sun
07 Will You Wait
08 Break You
09 Come My Way
10 Were You Ever Mine
11 Too Far Left To Fall

LINKS:
https://doomsdayoutlaw.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DoomsdayOutlaw

https://www.instagram.com/doomsdayoutlaw/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrbrE8gbYijwLTOuUn6

 

Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Vikkie Richmond and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.

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