The Doomsday Kingdom - Never Machine

The Doomsday Kingdom - Never Machine

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(CD, Nuclear Blast, 2017)

When The Doomfather is talking, everyone listens. Leif Edling has done it again in yet another new constellation. For some reason, THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM has passed me by and it was a bit of a surprise when this one showed up.

And this release is certainly not one to joke about as it features the fantastic Marcus Jidell on guitar, familiar from AVATARIUM and perhaps the one that stands out the most, Niklas Stålvind, WOLF’s main man on the vocals. And hell yes, his squeaky voice works perfectly on Doom as well. In comparison to AVATARIUM and CANDLEMASS who Leif is most know for, this is yet another style. A lot rawer and rougher, I wouldn’t call it Stoner, not by any means. But the sound is more towards a '70s very simple production. This EP, titled “Never Machine”, contains four epic tracks. The opener as well as title track is a dark piece with a fateful chorus-line. The gloom is present and the rather sparse riff creates a hollow feel, it’s just what you can expect from The Doomfather.

Second song out, “The Sceptre” is the heaviest on the EP, a suggestive but yet dynamic piece of music. There are a lot of rhythm changes in the music that felt odd during the first few spins, but once settled it created a very good drive in the song. This one is also the one most classic Edling-sounding track on the record.

I really love the frail guitar-sound of the intro in “Zodiac City”, it all sound so delicate but also fateful. And it’s a heavy piece when it starts. The combination between a very desperate and a calm voice singing the chorus towards the end of the song sounds amazing. It’s things like this and the dynamics of this song that sets Leif apart from basically all other songwriters in the genre. There’s no doubting it when listening to this why he got the moniker and why everything he puts his mind into becomes successful. Mellow “The Whispering” closes the “Never Machine” EP, parts of the melody-line has resemblances with BLIND GUARDIAN’s “The Bard Song” without being a rip-off. It’s a very cozy song and the orchestration works in its favour. I still prefer the heavier tracks though. But it sure is an impressive first encounter with a band. Not that I expected anything less from Leif and THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM.

If this is a taste of what’s to come on the full-length, that can’t be anything but fantastic. There’s diversity between the songs but it still feels like an entity. So yes, he’s definitely done it again. This is a masterpiece and I can just imagine how good the full-length will be.





01. Never Machine
02. The Sceptre
03. Zodiac City
04. The Whispering


Niklas Stålvind - Vocals
Marcus Jidell - Guitars
The Doomfather - Bass
Andreas Johansson - Drums