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Total Doom Review

by William York

This CD combines two late-'80s releases by British punks Doom, 1989's Bury the Debt (Not the Dead), and 1988's War Crimes (Inhuman Beings). (Just to clarify, this CD's cover art is taken straight from the original Bury the Debt release.) There are 37 tracks in all, totaling 68 minutes of thrashing, crusty anarcho-punk with revealing song titles such as "Nazi Die," "Police Bastard," and "War Crimes." (The reason these titles are revealing is because the actual lyrics are hard to understand, and they're not included in the CD booklet.) No one would ever accuse Doom of spreading themselves too thin stylistically (or of playing doom metal, as their name might suggest), since these songs are uniformly similar from one to the next, characterized by gruffly shouted vocals, distorted bass (propped way up in the mix), simple guitar chord progressions, and lots of double-time drumming. One track, the brief, ferocious "Circles," could be cited as an early example of grindcore, but aside from that and a few other exceptions, there isn't a lot of variety to this music. However, what Doom did, they did well -- with a lot of energy and conviction -- and, as a result, this music has held up over the years, despite being somewhat dated from a stylistic point-of-view.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Doom 01:16
2 Doom 01:29 SpotifyAmazon
3 Doom 01:06 SpotifyAmazon
4 Doom 00:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 Doom 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
6 Doom 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
7 Doom 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
8 Doom 01:33 SpotifyAmazon
9 Doom 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
10 Doom 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
11 Doom 01:12 SpotifyAmazon
12 Doom 01:31
13 Doom 00:28 SpotifyAmazon
14 Doom 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
15 Doom 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
16 Doom 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
17 Doom 02:51
18 Doom 01:36 SpotifyAmazon
19 Doom 00:56 SpotifyAmazon
20 Doom 01:16 SpotifyAmazon
21 Doom 01:58 SpotifyAmazon
22 Doom 01:56 SpotifyAmazon
23 Doom 01:17 SpotifyAmazon
24 Doom 01:26 SpotifyAmazon
25 Doom 01:31 SpotifyAmazon
26 Doom 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
27 Doom 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
28 Doom 01:06 SpotifyAmazon
29 Doom 01:46 SpotifyAmazon
30 Doom 01:38 SpotifyAmazon
31 Doom 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
32 Doom 01:32 SpotifyAmazon
33 Doom 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
34 Doom 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
35 Doom 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
36 Doom 01:26 SpotifyAmazon
37 Doom 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
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