Thirty years on, Doom are still untouchable at miserable, nihilistic crust punk | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Thirty years on, Doom are still untouchable at miserable, nihilistic crust punk 

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English hardcore band Doom came together in 1987 in Birmingham, channeling much of the same grimy, industrial misery as their hometown allies Black Sabbath, Napalm Death, and Godflesh. Spending their initial three-year run pioneering the genre of extreme crust punk, Doom produced an explosive, flawless 1988 debut LP, War Crimes: Inhuman Beings, which set the standard for hardcore, grindcore, crossover thrash, and powerviolence to come. The group first called it a day in 1990, but have reunited and broken up again a handful of times since. The latest release from the current incarnation, the 2015 EP Consumed to Death (Black Cloud), proves that no matter how many times guitarist Brian Talbot and drummer Tony Dickens split, reconvene, and cycle through other band members, they’re still the best at what they do—and what they do is hammer out crusty, nihilistic, rotten D-beat. An anticapitalist opus, Consumed to Death sounds just as furious and reckless as anything Doom put out in the late 80s.   v

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