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Doom: Total DoomTotal Doom (2002)
Peaceville/Snapper

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Doom is certainly a band that's built a reputation. If you see someone on the street with a Doom t-shirt on, you'll probably walk as far away from him or her as possible, mostly to avoid the stench. Or, if the person is female, and you're like me, you'll probably spend a disturbingly long amount of .
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Doom is certainly a band that's built a reputation. If you see someone on the street with a Doom t-shirt on, you'll probably walk as far away from him or her as possible, mostly to avoid the stench. Or, if the person is female, and you're like me, you'll probably spend a disturbingly long amount of time staring at that person, and then you'll look her in the eye, and she'll immediately start walking away from you very quickly. But I digress.

I found Total Doom, surprisingly enough, at a chain CD store in a shopping mall. The sticker on the CD read "Doom is the best â??80's Grind since Discharge." Well, they did compare it to Discharge, which is totally necessary, because Doom is, first and foremost, a D-Beat band. However, this means that Peaceville Records, a metal label that was instrumental in the creation of U.K. crust (and released albums by the likes of Deviated Instinct, Electro Hippies, and Axegrinder, among others), is deliberately trying to pass this off as "grind," a subgenre of heavy metal, as opposed to "hardcore," which would be a subgenre of punk. While this may just be an attempt to get interest from Peaceville's regular customers, it may just be an issue of semantics.

In any case, Total Doom is a collection of Doom's first EP, Police Bastard, their first LP, War Crimes -- Inhuman Beings, and their side of a split LP, Bury the Debt, Not the Dead. This is pretty much 37 tracks of faster, more bass-heavy Discharge worship -- and I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I'm a relatively big Discharge fan, so I can appreciate a late â??80s D-Beat album with more power than the early Varukers songs. The vocals are completely unintelligible, like grind-core progenitors Napalm Death. Every so often you can make out a few words, usually ones like "fuck," "bastard," and "die." The grind designation does work well for one song, "Circles," which is played considerably faster than the rest of the CD.

The CD is in a digipak, which is still the greatest CD case ever invented, and it contains some liner notes, photos, and original album art. Unfortunately, the metalhead bastards at Peaceville skipped on a booklet, so you can't even read the unintelligible lyrics.

So, basically, this is not bad. Not bad at all. A good compilation, and probably some of Doom's best work. Also, probably the most easily available of their CD's. Uhhâ?¦up the punx.

 

 
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klonny (September 18, 2006)

If they have songs about punching explosive barrels, I'm totally in.

Sick_Nick (September 18, 2006)

If you need doom lyrics, they have them at www.darklyrics.com

I bought this cd last year, awsome buy, even though I did kinda burn myself out on it.

Anonymous (September 16, 2006)

their logo looks identical to the Doom software game's. Lawsuit?

JustinUCR (September 16, 2006)

digipaks suck.

otherwise good review, I guess

notfeelingcreative (September 16, 2006)

I respect the objectivity of feeding500's reviews, too many people that listen to crust/peace punk/whatever label you want to attatch to the subgenre, would be quick to say "well, it's not often this style is reviewed so I'm just going to give it a ten'!

notfeelingcreative (September 16, 2006)

"But keeping in the vein of Will's crust bashing, the only people I ever see wearing Doom shirts are 17-year old anarcho punks. Weird..."

I'm 27, I love doom, I don't wear doom shirts because frankly I'm too old to walk around wearing a doom shirt and stinking to high hell!

ILOVESCOTT (September 15, 2006)

i'm liking your reviews more and more. and its good to have stuff reviewed here that isn't the same ol' same ol'.

geneticrunaround (September 15, 2006)

I have Police Bastard and I think I should buy this.
The description of their fans at the beginning is pretty accurate, though.

Anonymous (September 15, 2006)

"Doom isn't d beat."

Well not straight up, but it certainly veers towards it, Discharge is obviously a huge influence.

Anonymous (September 15, 2006)

Doom isn't d beat.

gladimnotemo (September 15, 2006)

I have "Fuck Peaceville", which is a 2xLP, and I haven't made it through the entire thing yet. It has re-recorded songs (I think the LP, Police Bastard 7", etc etC) with their second singer, but I honestly can't tell him apart from their first...or their third...etc etc.

But keeping in the vein of Will's crust bashing, the only people I ever see wearing Doom shirts are 17-year old anarcho punks. Weird...

Anonymous (September 15, 2006)

I used to think this band was cool, but I've come to learn that they're for assholes who smell, sit around smoking pot all day, and walk through my room to take a piss.

-Will

Scruffy (September 15, 2006)

Did the reviewer just inadvertently admit to the world that he smells?

Phantom_Maggot (September 15, 2006)

Err...second sentence.

Phantom_Maggot (September 15, 2006)

This review was aweseome, especially the first sentence. My only experience with someone who listened to Doom, was this huge guy hick guy wearing an NRA shirt at a party, who when he I found out I liked punk, said he loved Doom but hated everything else sucked. I thought he was going to beat the hell outta me cuz I was wearing my "Not my president Shirt". Score is for the review and giving this site punk credbility.

Anonymous (September 15, 2006)

While Grind is a sub genre of metal more specifically death metal, it is laced with Hardcore punk underpinings see Napalm Death, Nausm etc. But i agree that label on the Doom record is wrong, this band is more along the lines of D-beat crust.

Anonymous (September 15, 2006)

Classic band.

notfeelingcreative (September 15, 2006)

Someone finally reviewed this, it's about time!!

gladimnotemo (September 15, 2006)

Police police bastard. Etc etc etc etc.

john_stone (September 15, 2006)

They don't have to sound like Discharge. They sound like Doom, and Doom is awesome.

danperrone (September 15, 2006)

the rock?

Anonymous (September 15, 2006)

Doom were just an ok band to me. I never understood or hear anything that even resembles the Discharge influence in this band and others that sound like Doom. To me one of the only bands that ever really got close to sounding like Discharge was Crucifix.

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