Formed in 1987 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, however they began as The Subverters, with Bri Doom (guitar), John Pickering (bass/vocals) and Jason "Hog" Hodges (drums). About the time Hog was replaced by new drummer, Mick Harris (Napalm Death), the band changed its name to Doom.
This line up played one or two gigs, playing in a crossover metal style. Bri and John decided this wasn't the direction they wanted the band to move in. Consequently they left Harris and the metal style of music, and decided to go in a Discharge-influenced crust-punk-style that Doom became known for. Pickering dropped bass to concentrate on vocals and Pete Nash joined as bass player. Harris left for Napalm Death so new drummer "Stick", recently made band-less, joined after a drunken meeting at the infamous Mermaid Pub. This was when the 'real' Doom was formed. The band started rehearsing with this line-up in mid 1987.
About this time a small label called Peaceville was starting up. They heard about Doom through word of mouth and asked if they were interested in contributing songs to the first Peaceville compilation A Vile Peace. Doom went into the studio to record their first demo on 28 August 1987. Nash unfortunately broke his wrist just before Doom's recording debut, so bass player Jim Whitley (of Napalm Death and Ripcord) filled in on the recording. Three songs were recorded (two of which appeared on A Vile Peace).
On the strength of this first recording Peaceville asked Doom if they would record a full LP for them, which they agreed to do. The "War Is Big Business" demo was recorded on 27 November 1987, which the band sold as a cassette at gigs. In February 1988, Doom went into Rich Bitch Studios and recorded 21 songs for their debut album "War Crimes (Inhuman Beings)". All this time the band gigged constantly in the UK building up a following on the way. Another demo "Domesday" was also produced.
At the end of 1988, due to personal commitments Bri announced that he would be leaving the band. He stayed long enough to record the split LP "Bury the Debt - Not The Dead" (with Swedish band No Security) on the Peaceville. The "Police Bastard" EP on Discarded Records was also recorded at the same session. Doom were also invited to record two sessions for Radio One's John Peel show around this point. Bri left the band in April 1989 after completing a lengthy European tour.
Doom continued with different guitarists but did not settle with four members, so Pickering turned to vocal and guitar duties. This line up continued until a final split in August 1990. Following the group's demise Pickering formed Cain, an experimental Doom Metal band, with Pete Nash and Clive Meldrum of Filthkick, whilst drummer Stick joined Extreme Noise Terror then Dirt.
The band reformed in 1992 with the earlier line up of Bri, John, Pete and Stick. They toured Japan and recorded a 12" of new songs released on the label Vinyl Japan. This proved to be the last recording with this line up. About this point the band almost folded. John and Pete left, John went onto form Police Bastard in 1994, but Bri and Stick decided to continue with two new members. They recruited Tom Croft from Genital Deformities on vocals and Paul "Mall" Mallen on bass guitar. This line up recorded the split album with Selfish and a split 7" EP with Hiatus. Mall left shortly afterwards (an amicable parting). He was replaced by bassist Scoot from Largactyl.
This line up recorded the split 7" EP "Doomed To Extinction" with Extinction Of Mankind, the "Fuck Peaceville" double LP, and the "Hail To Sweden" 7" EP. This is also the line up who appear on the "Videodoom" video on MCR Company on a European tour in 1994.
A tour of Scandinavia was organised for September 1995, however Scoot decided not to go due to problems at home, so he was replaced by Denis (of Blood Sucking Freaks) & permanently by Chris Gascoigne (of Suffer) after the tour. Tom Croft also left just before the tour and he was replaced by Wayne Southworth (also of Blood Sucking Freaks). While on the Scandinavian tour Doom recorded the "Monarchy Zoo" 7" EP at Sunlight Studios.
The band, now comprised of Stick, Bri, Denis, Wayne and Chris. They went into the studio in June 1996 and recorded a full LP for Flat Earth, called "Rush Hour Of The Gods". In 97 the band recorded again for Flat Earth the split 10" with Cress and in 2001 the last full length LP entitled "World Of Shit" on Vinyl Japan Records.
Doom continued again with Bri, Stick, Wayne and Andy Irvine (ex Disaffect, Scatha and Devils).
On March 18, 2005, Wayne Southworth (lead singer) died at his home. The cause of death was an epileptic seizure.
2010. Doom is back. The line-up keeps it “in the family”!
Denis - vocals
Bri - guitar
Scoot - bass
Stick - drums