DOOMRIDERS – darkness come alive – CD digisleeveCD digisleevedeathwish records2009
Recorded and engineered at Godcity Studios by Kurt Ballou, « Darkness Come Alive » shows a more monstrous Doomriders emerging from the depths. Songs like « Jealous God » and « Heavy Lies The Crown » carry a precision and infectious quality that is rare to experience, while the title-esque track « Come Alive » is a stunning example of their new found muscle. The opening seconds of the aforementioned sets an electrifying backdrop before erupting into one of the most hook laden ebb and flows of recent memory. Effortlessly throughout the album they continue this bombardment, with rhythm section JR Conners (Cave In) and Jebb Riley (Disappearer) as the hurricane force wind at the back of Chris Pupecki’s (Cast Iron Hike) riffs and Nate Newton’s (Converge) gritty duel guitar/vocal attack. Shedding influences to stand with them as contemporaries, Doomriders « Darkness Come Alive » is a monumental full length achievement. Proving not only that aggressive music still has much to offer, but that Doomriders are, in fact, more soulful and heavier than all.