Two years after entering the battlefield with their debut EP MMXX: Year Zero, Belgium’s Doodseskader are gearing up for their next fight with the release of their debut album Year One which is out today via Isolation Records.
Translating to “death squad” in English, Doodseskader is made up of singer/bassist Tim De Gieter (Amenra, Every Stranger Looks Like You) and singer/drummer Sigfried Burroughs (Kapitan Korsakov, The K). Whilst Year Zero showed the two-piece struggling amid the turmoil, their album Year One is a victorious testament of tackling life’s obstacles head first. It is “the voice of the people we are at this very moment”, the duo comments. “We’ve stood up, found solutions and tried to head toward a new way of living. It’s about growing up, fighting your demons and giving them a place to rest. Now that all of that is said, we can move on.”
The album will include singles ‘Alive & Not Well’, and ‘It’s Not An Addiction If You Don’t Feel Like Quitting’, both of which come with extremely polished and creative videos that take the listener on a visual journey.
Though still a relatively young band, Year One opens a new artistic chapter for Doodseskader. They are a hip-hop act in one moment and a grunge band in the following, just to transform into a full-blown sludge or hardcore steamroller next. Sometimes they are all and sometimes none of the above – there’s no way to pin them down. “Being able to draw from different musical genres makes us who we are. There's no specific genre we’re looking at. Great songs are great songs. It’s craftsmanship.”
Further expanding their unique sonic palette, Doodseskader did not only look back to the great bands of the past for inspiration, but also made a conscious effort to discover fresh artists from all corners of the musical realm, sharing an open mindset with genre-defying trailblazers like Show Me The Body, Ghostemane, and Ho99o9. While they kept their trademark reverb-drenched bass sound, they incorporated more production details, many of them found in techno – adding even more depth and dynamic to their crushing mix.
Written in late 2020 and once again recorded by Tim De Gieter in Much Luv Studio (Amenra, Brutus, Absent In Body), Year One is as much a declaration of war as it is a declaration of independence: Doodseskader are here to cut their own path – and you better not stand in their way.
At 40 minutes, but just 7 tracks, Year One is a memorable listen.