REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
‘Cult Of Stasis‘, the follow-up to Staffordshire metal collective Doomsday Sun‘s 2017 debut, ‘Red Light Fever‘, is a concept EP, telling the story of a medical scientist, Dr. Jeremy Stanham, who, with a group of colleagues and volunteers, goes into a two-decade stasis to escape a dystopian future which has seen the UK torn apart by a bloody civil war.
Comprising of five well-crafted tracks, each accompanied by at times darkly humorous audio interludes that aid the EP’s narrative, ranging from a radio news broadcast, a radio advert, and logs detailing an exploration of Dr. Stanham‘s laboratory, to a haunting tape recording of the central character himself, this offering sees the band, now a three-piece, elect to keep the emphasis very much on doom, but expand on the best elements of their previous release.
Some of the songs, for example, opener ‘Clean The Bones‘, ‘Husk Of Augur‘, and ‘Bring Forth The Plague‘, are highly-energetic, aggressive affairs, perfectly suited for the moshpit, whereas other numbers, such as the title track, and closer ‘He Who Fights Monsters‘, are more progressive, less distorted pieces.
An overriding sense of intensity is a constant presence throughout the EP, represented most effectively by pounding drum beats, lengthy guitar solos, and a snarling vocal delivery, which fits in well with the strong narrative.
Overall, while ‘Red Light Fever‘ served as a very good introduction to Doomsday Sun, ‘Cult Of Stasis‘ substantially improves on that, showcasing a more mature and confident outfit better able to focus on developing a truly original metal sound, and hopefully, with this, will get the wider recognition they deserve.
TOP TRACK: ‘Cult Of Stasis‘
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS EP – AND DOOMSDAY SUN – BY CHECKING OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND HERE.