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Kingdom of Lost Souls
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Revelation: 71 What began in 1993 in Washington D.C. as a two man project without any expectations has become one of the most solid, unstoppable forces in heavy music today with intentions that are deadly serious. After r... more »
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Revelation: 71 What began in 1993 in Washington D.C. as a two man project without any expectations has become one of the most solid, unstoppable forces in heavy music today with intentions that are deadly serious. After releasing two seven-inches with it's founding members, guitarist Ken Olden and singer Mike McTernan, Damnation A.D. transformed from project to band as bassist Alex Merchlinsky, drummer Dave Bryson, and guitarist Hillel were added to the mix. Now, five years later after several more records as well as tours of Europe and North America, Damnation A.D. has come out with their most explosive record to date, Kingdom Of Lost Souls. There are a lot of bands today that play fun music with a lighthearted feel to it that is meant to be played at parties and in the summertime with the top dow. Damnation A.D. is not one of those bands. And although Olden also plays and writes songs for old-schoolers Battery and Better Than A Thousand, Damnation A.D. couldn't be further away from the sounds of those other projects. Kingdom Of Lost Souls comes roaring at you out of the gates like a Panzer tank doing 80. Thick, dense, dark, and incredibly powerful, these ten tracks were cut at the legendary Inner Ear Studios with Don Zientara (Fugazi, Bad Brains) at the helm. If Damnation A.D.Us music is like an armored assault vehicle, then McTernan's voice is a flame thrower. Brutally honest and compelling lyrics with a vocal style that can only be described as apocalyptic. The overwhelming production, the matured, dynamic songwriting, and the nightmarish lyrics and vocals make this record a truly exhausting listening experience.
A Powerful and Impressive Third Release
Dan Henk | 09/05/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This D.C.-based quintet further enhances their fierce, unmatched sound on Kingdom of Lost Souls, adding complex time signatures, massive drum sounds, and professional production (finally). Guitarist Ken Olden, who wrote the music for the entire album, holds the spotlight here with his double-riff arrangements and brilliant, unique chord voicings. The only component missing is dynamics, but once the disc begins its excruciating rampage, all musical conventions are lost in the remains of its wake. Highlights include "Turn Into Ghosts," "The Mortal," and the thunderous epic "Wait For A Day.""
Good but not incredible
Dan Henk | 08/16/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I'm amazed that Damnation ADs whole catalog is now on Amazon. That's incredible. This one is cataloged wrong however. The jade tree albums are attributed correctly to Damnation AD and this one to just Damnation. Searching for Damnation AD won't bring this one up.But anyway, about the album. This album has all the production value and sense of purpose that No More Dreams of Happy Endings should have had but the songs just aren't as powerful as the songs on that album. Also, on a couple tracks the vocals are obnoxiously over-produced and in general Mike DCs voice doesn't sound as good as it has on other records. That said, this album does have a few gems. "The Mortal" sounds more like the Damnation AD that I love, it's also the only one of these songs that I've heard live. "Circles" is just amazing. If you're already a fan, this album is probably worth it, if you're just getting into Damnation AD, I'd probably go for Misericordia first."