Doughnuts "The Age of the Circle" CDPosted on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 @ 2:24 pm » permalink
I hadn't listened to Doughnuts in quite some time, but I was revisiting those old "Straightedge as Fuck" compilations recently, and that reminded me to pull out some of these CD's to check out again. And sure enough, their second EP, 1995's "The Age of the Circle" (their first release for Victory Records), remains my favorite. Now, a shitload of people made fun of this band back in the day, and probably still do (unfortunately an all-female vegetarian/vegan straightedge band from Umeå, Sweden is an easy target for some, I guess), but I've gotta say, this stuff actually holds up even better than I thought it would today. You just can't deny a track like "Weak One", which is one of the darker and more atmospheric tracks herein, which perfectly highlights their unique brand of metallic hardcore. Obviously they were drawing influences from a number of other American and European bands, but their vocal approach and raw, dirty guitar tones created a slightly different take on the style, with a good balance of subtle melody and discordance amidst the chugging midpaced rhythms and more metal-based riffing. They definitely got somewhat of a raw deal in their time from certain areas of the scene, and I'm actually disappointed that I had forgotten about 'em for so long, because I've been absolutely loving this material in recent weeks!
In typical fashion, you can get this disc for cheap as shit on Amazon.com (there are plenty of copies for less than a buck), so… if you forgot about 'em, too (or never got a chance to check 'em out back in the day), pick one up if you like what you hear. The rest of their discography's solid as well, but something about the overall force and feeling of this EP still stands above the rest for me.