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Review: 'D.O.L.'

-  Genre: 'Rock'

Our Rating:
Finnish hard rock quartet D.O.L. (that’s an initialism of their previous incarnation, Days Of Lost) are influenced by Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Sixx:A.M, and HIM. This, apparently, marks something of a change of direction.

The fruits of their first studio session in their new form feels, well, a little thin, comprising one fully-realised song, a demo, and a cover. The cover in question is of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’, and its up front as the lead track.

Given that the original is really quite special, and that Johnny Cash’s version managed to completely eclipse it by wringing every last drop of soul-breaking poignance from it, it simply feels wrong to even touch it. The intro’s nice, but it soon becomes a wince-inducing Guns n’ Roses ball of corn that strips the song of every shred of emotion in favour of widdling guitar breaks.

‘Trust’, here in demo form is fairly standard hard rock, but being a rough cut is muddy in its production, and saving the only proper studio take of an original song strikes as being a curious choice. Said original, ‘Devil is in the Details’, has plenty of grit, grunt, and chug, but also brings with it an ostentatious display of fretskillz. And |I’m not actually going to knock it. It’s very much of its genre, but it’s well executed and played with passion.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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