Doom Unit
The Burden of Bloom

1. The Cradle And The Grave
2. Reckoning Day
3. Dead Pilot
4. A Grain Of Sand
5. Point Of No Return
6. Cyclone
7. My Disguise
8. Rise
9. Man On Wire
10. Love Replaced

Jape (Vocals & Guitars)
Chris (guitars,vocals)
Julli (drums)
Nahka (bass)

Cross the Line (2009)



Released 18/5-2011
Reviewed 6/5-2011

hype records

I was growing more and more certain that Treadstone had made the best album of the year in the heavier rock category until I started to play this, the second album, from Finnish Doom Unit and was absolutely blown away by it. It surprises me in so many levels and a reason for that might be that I never got my hands on their debut from 2009 or any of the singles they’ve pushed from that. But with their second album, Doom unit might just be responsible for the best album this year in this genre.

With the Song The Cradle And The Grave, Doom Unit set the standard on ‘The Burden of Bloom’ as high as Sotomayor’s record in high jump, a height on which they stay at as long as the ten songs and almost 40 minutes of playing time last. The vocalist is hoarse as a horse and the band is bluesier than an unguarded penguins nest in their rock music. They play the guitars with such a tempo that time is on the verge of standing still and if that doesn’t make you shiver, listen to the first single of the album, called Reckoning Day, in the video space below the review and find your own opinion about their catchy melodies and guitar lead rock.

The tempo of the album is winded up like a metallic toy throughout the album, except in the songs A Grain Of Sand and Point Of No Return, as well as the concluding Love Replaced, which are ballads and give that sensitive touch to the album that only a teenager thinks he or she is able to understand. Beside these, the band also show us why they’re called Dooooom Unit, when they do songs like Dead Pilot and My Disguise, which are as heavy as a tanker ship and have melodies as rough as a chainsaw.

The sound quality of this album is as crisp and clear as the award winning Tamron 70-300mm lens and almost chock you as much as the first time you look in to that lens and start to zoom. The instruments gets raised to a whole new level, and are pushed in to your face almost like looking at an ant from three meters at 300mm compared to 70 with the grand and heavy music that would surprise me hugely if the band doesn’t grow in to an iconic scale from. In the scale of Kings of Leon or the countrymen The Rasmus feels like the least they can become – the potential is there, the material as well and the band already look like rock stars, so why wouldn’t they? I can’t find a good way to answer that question at the moment.

Looking to the negatives our list is short and insignificant. I can’t find any major errors at all on this album and the mistakes I see are all so simple they aren’t even worth mentioning. It begins well, ends well, are good in between, isn’t too long (and neither too short) and well produced with every single instrument good enough in every way. If you ask me what I think is the worst thing with this album, I’d probably say it’s that I don’t get any royalties from the album sales. This album only illustrates my point that Finland makes the best music of today, a point already proven by Amorphis and Children of Bodom this year. This is somehow like a nail in the coffin, the ultimate proof of it, that when it’s time to summarise 2011 all the music awards will go to Finland. There’s no way to get around it.

Too me, this album is as important to own for someone that like grand, heavy rock as water and oxygen are for our survival. If stop and take your time to witness the blooming, you’ll want to hear it for the rest of your life.


Label: Hype Records/Triada
Three similar bands: Kings of Leon/Treadstone/Hate Gallery
Reviewer: Caj Källmalm