Derby based stompers ‘Doomsday Outlaw’ formed about six years ago and lie in the vein of Aerosmith, Pride & Glory, Clutch and Black Stone Cherry, now that should tell you this lot are a bit special, straight away. ’Suffer More’ was originally out in 2016 and received top marks from several sources. The decision to reissue it on November 9th 2018, is probably due to the guys now ever widening acclaim. Having toured with Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Graham Bonnet and Wayward Sons this year. I first witnessed them doing acoustic numbers supporting Jizzy and at The Excellent Breaking Bands Festival near Bromsgrove in May 2018. Impressive from the outset vocalist Phil Poole and company are making a name for themselves. Signed to Frontiers Music, which also looks after notable players including Whitesnake, Journey, Hardline and Uriah Heep, Doomsday are in someones good books.
‘Walk on Water’ is a throbbing riff to start with, a dirty and messy statement that introduces you to the world according to Doomsday Outlaw. Hold fire though, there are another 14 tracks on ’Suffer More’ and despite the tender ‘Driftwood’ being an instrumental of less than a minute, I do ponder the thought that at 1 hour 8 minutes is this is going to be a too lengthy experience? ‘All That I Have’ is marvellous, a bite at Swamp filled Southern Comfort. Followed by ’Suffer More’ with Phil’s sublime voice elevating us into mind-blowing oblivion.
Hats off to the production, it is top dog, as you would expect from such a prodigious label. The Quality of ’Suffer More’ is faultless, I was hoping it would capture the essence of the live performances and it doesn’t fail. Faster with a change of gear and destroying guitar by the very capable Steve Broughton, ’Pandemonium’ is 52 second burst, leading into ‘I’ve Been found’ and then the cow bell, boogie strut of ‘Bring You Pain’. It’s a great ride and we are only on track 8.
The curiously titled ‘Blues For A Phantom Limb’ enters with a semi-acoustic picking and tells a tale of losing your right hand, read into it as you will, simple but clever. ‘Saltwater’ ups the anti again and my previous thoughts relating to the length of ‘Suffer More’ are beginning return. ’Standing Tall’ is a gentle and poignant interlude, before we are thrown to our mercies as ‘Wait Until Tomorrow’ is of Metallica worthiness. Thunderous riffs, it’s a constant barrage and menacing Bass from Indy is backed by ‘iron foot’ John Willis with his sticks.
‘Jericho Cane’ is a sleaze with twisting guitars and killing harmonies, again Phil Poole’s vocals are splendid, he’s like a mystic guru, spiriting you to another level. Hang out until the end because ‘Running into You’ is sweet. Beautiful with vocals that seem to echo in the distance, it cries out at a sad situation which i’m sure most of us can relate to. By the time Doomsday Outlaw finish on the rocker ’Tale of a Broken Man’ we have been on a journey of immense pleasure.
Well in fairness, it is an epic Hour and Eight minutes. My fears are put to rest, you can’t have too much of a good thing as they say and I enjoyed ’Suffer More’ all the way. DO have had to cancel some shows this December, due to an injury to their bassist Indy. But I’m sure he will be fit and well on February 2nd, when they descend upon us at Frontiers Rock UK, being housed at The O2 Institute Birmingham. In the meantime grab a copy of ’Suffer More’ it’s both quantity and quality.
‘Elevating us into mind-blowing oblivion’
Highlights – All that I have, Suffer More, Standing Tall, Running Into You.