"Damned" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


"Damned" is a just about perfect blend of Black Sabbath doom and stoner rock buzz. Playing this CD at the highest volume may very well destroy most stereo systems ... but you know what? It just might be worth it.

With only four tracks and just over 20 minutes of music, "Damned" delivers big, crushing walls of sound consisting of crashing guitar chords, growling vocals and blistering solos. The first two tracks, "High Noon" and "Mark My World," are fast-paced rockers that will have most listeners reaching for that volume knob, and cranking it up high, right away. Track 3, "The Beauty of the Beast," starts out with a slow, doomy march, a la The Doors, and then shifts into high gear before returning to the slow burn. "Rise," the final track, is a nearly jaunty number with outstanding guitar solos. On each track, vocalist Teo Dahnberg sounds like the hellspawn of Ozzy Osbourne and Glenn Danzig and it fits perfectly.

Fans of Black Sabbath, stoner rock and music that just kicks you squarely in the ass will love "Damned."

The Goddamned: Joakim Widen - guitars; Dennis Widen - bass; Henrik Allbjer - drums; Teo Dahnberg - vocals, percussion.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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