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Doom metal from Malta, it’s not everyday you read or hear something like that! This band has been going on and been active since 1990, so they’re not really a new band. This album, “Dominaeon” was only their third release though during all these years, and is their best among their three first albums I’d say.
What is delivered on here is quite hauling riffs in the vein of Black Sabbath and of course Candlemass, who probably are their biggest influences. Threwn in between here and there are some calmer, shorter/some longer songs that feels like intros. The album begins with “The Abscondant God”. Then we have the bassdriven “Paradigm of Chaos”, the big epic “The Celestial Alchemist” and instrumental “Blood of the Son”. I feel that these tunes doesn’t fill any purpose on the album, it would’ve been enough with maybe two, but five feels a bit overkill. This sadly lowers the album’s score a bit, even if “The Celestial Alchemist” is a good one. However, the actual songs on here are some cool ones, though. Doom metal on a high level reaches in especially “Dominaeon” with it’s swinging tempo and neat chorus, “Daylight Dies” with it’s awesome interlude and solo, the slow and sinister “Obsidian Dreams”, heavy crusher “Wretched of the Earth” and the long ending song “Resurgasm” which varies much with it’s tempo changes, but may be a bit too long.
The production of the album feels a bit low-budget, most notably in the drum sound, but the raw and heavy guitar sound + the audible bass sound lifts up the experience. Vocalist Leo Stivala also lies perfectly in the mix with his strong vocals, though he feels a bit limited when it comes to higher notes, like the ending screams in “Wretched of the Earth”. But Leo makes a great performance in general. The rest of the band is doing their thing, no one is flying on pink clouds and trying to overdoing things, just solid performances with great feeling.
“Dominaeon” is a good album, that could have been better with a few more “real” songs as I’d like to call it. It’s a bit inconsistent because of this. Some songs are missing those cool melodies/choruses that is needed in doom metal, and is maybe a thing to work on for these guys. Forsaken still has a bit too go before they reach the higher points in the rating-system, but fact still remains though about this album that any fan of the genre should check it up.
3 killer songs: Dominaeon - Wretched of the Earth - Obsidian Dreams