It is always a delight as a reviewer to see a band develop, learn from their mistakes
and now they have taken the next step and laid down three tracks in their début release 'Justice Fails'.
The title track is already a live favourite with its 'Tallica style riffage and call outs.
'Redemption' sees the band showcase a more contemporary take on the thrash sound; they have learned their lessons well at the feet of the bands they have supported without slavishly copying them.
EP closer 'No Escape' is the stand-out of the three, with Marshall adopting a more raucous roar as the track's relentless pace leads into a chorus that catches the unwary listener before a solo leads into some tremendous melodic twin guitar work that has Marshall and McLaughlin locked into a guitar mind meld.
As a first time out of the recording blocks what this demonstrates is that Donum Dei are on the cusp of developing into something special.