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Doan - Stupidity Kills

Doan
Stupidity Kills
by Crisstopher Robyn at 19 June 2019, 9:44 AM

DOAN is a Progressive Alternative Metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. With Diane Thibault at vocals, Olivier Roy on the drums, André Labrecque on bass and Nicholas Roy on guitar, they first established themselves in 2011 as a cover band bearing the name GHETTOBLASTER. They changed their name in 2017 to dedicate themselves more seriously to their own compositions. Heavy and incisive to sweet and melodious, the band’s music is the result of a collaborative effort of influences like TOOL, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON, and many others. Those are some major influences, Let us see if “Stupidity Kills” truly can compare with such big names.

The album starts off with “Some Kind Of” and the lyrics are more spoken word than singing. The music itself does have this TOOL-ish feel. I am honestly at a loss of words for this one. It is very cringe-worthy. Fast-forward to “Wrong Number”.  The intro is a simple drum beat with some awkward guitar work, but still feels like TOOL in its humble beginnings. As the song begins, the music holds the same tone, but the vocals are more like fingernails on a chalkboard. The music itself is the savior of this track.

The Sheeps” is the fourth track. The title itself is a stand-out for me because the plural of sheep is sheep, so it is already awkward to me. The music is very simple and not very complex. It holds tight to the TOOL/AIC sound, but I cannot get over the vocals. “Madness Or Reason” is a better direction for the band. The music still sounds like other bands, but the vocals are worth pointing out here. They are sung pretty well, but the echo takes a wrong turn as it sounds like it is being sung in a tin can. If the vocals could have been layered instead of just having the echo effect, this song could have been the highlight of the album.

We Belong To” is more of an upbeat song. The music picks up the pace slightly and gives a different side to such gloom in the first half of the album. The vocals are approaching a better sound and find more harmony in spots. Musically the song is put together very well with the transitions and give more of the bands true sound instead of being heavily influenced by other bands.

DOAN brings some heavily influenced music that you can hear throughout the album. In most songs it is almost like listening to songs from other bands although there are some highlights to witness. The band musically have a really good sound but need to find their own unique sound. The vocal stylings need to be more refined instead of sounding like a poetry reading. Yes, there are highlights in certain songs, where the singer’s voice hits, but mostly they do not seem to fit within the music. Hopefully with more time, the band can find a sound that can define themselves instead of their influences.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 4
Memorability: 4
Production: 5



2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Some Kind Of
2. Wrong Number
3. Step Back
4. The Sheeps
5. Madness of Reason
6. We Belong to
7. False Reality
8. Happy Sobriety
9. The Sames

Lineup:
Diane Thibault – Vocals
Olivier Roy – Drums
André Labrecque - Bass
Nicholas Roy - Guitar

Record Label: SlipTrick Records
     


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