The debut from this local quartet sounds like a throwback to early 1980s metal, but with the sheen of modern production and a decidedly stronger political and social bent. And while at times it seems rather derivative, Dystopium has enough musical and lyrical meat that almost any metal fan should find something interesting to chew on.
Political tirades like “Governmental Sodomy” and “D.A.C. (Decimate, Ascimilate [sic], Conform)” pair guitar riffs that sound like slower versions of early Slayer, Celtic Frost or Venom with the vocal beltings of Eddie Johnson, who has a style that alternates between a Glenn Danzig wail or death metal howls and growls. In fact, the band sounds its best on Dystopium when Johnson sticks to the screaming and rumbling, because his forays into Danzig-esque vocals sometimes border on the grandiose cheesiness found in the power metal genre.
Nevertheless, Johnson and the rest of his bandmates flex their musical chops throughout this album. Blessiddoom manages to pay homage to classic metal bands like Black Sabbath or Judas Priest, yet retain a distinctive flavor with varied tempo changes and song structures.
Blessiddoom plays a CD release party at The Other Side Friday, April 17, at 9 PM. Universal Choke Sign and Walking Corpse Syndrome open. Cover TBA.