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Morbid Angel - Domination

They crawl, they breed, they hide, but we see - 95%

Slater922, June 21st, 2022
Written based on this version: 1995, CD, Earache Records

At this point in time, Morbid Angel has pretty much become one of, if not the biggest death metal bands in the scene. And with the help of their previous 1993 album "Covenant", the band's legacy was growing very strong. Two years later in 1995, the band decided to release yet another album titled "Domination". This album does kind of have a same feel as the previous release, but it's still amazing nonetheless.

Beginning with the opening track "Dominate", the instrumentals still have Covenant written all over it. The guitar riffs have a similar technical composition that has a deep and groovy sound that makes it sound intense. The drumming is also pretty much the same, as it continues its technical blastbeats, though it does sound a bit more programmed and robotic, giving off an uneasy vibe in the atmosphere. Even the bass is virtually the same, as there doesn't seem to be much change from the last album. While the sound is generally the same as in Covenant, things do feel a bit more slower and more devastating, and nowhere is this more apparent than in "Where the Slime Live". The guitar riffs are more simple, but play a doom-like riff that feels very eerie, and the constant beating of the drums only further enhance this slow and disastrous atmosphere. The first two tracks on this album are no doubt great, but other amazing instrumentals include "Eyes to See, Ears to Hear", "Dawn of the Angry", and "Caesar's Palace". Domination continues to do what Covenant did, but this time, taking on a slower and more catastrophic atmosphere that makes the riffs feel more deadly and intense.

As for the vocals, not much has changed much either. David Vincent is still doing the iconic deep growls his did in Covenant, but he also adds in more screams into it, which sounds pretty good. A great example of this is in the track "Hatework", which is more mysterious and epic than the other tracks, which is great for closing the album off. Vincent's growls further adds in the intensity of the epic atmosphere, and flows well to the slow riffs and sinister keyboards. In more intense tracks like "This Means War", David's growls and screams continue to further enhance the chaotic atmosphere, and his raging personality makes the riffs sound more wicked and intense. David Vincent's vocal performance still remains as great as ever, despite a minor change in delivery.

Continuing off from Covenant seemed like it would be a difficult challenge, but I personally think they've done a good job with this album. The instrumentals still sound as haunting as ever, especially with a slower delivery, and the vocals still sound creepy and disturbing. Sadly, this was the last album David Vincent was involved in before he left the band to join Genitorturers. Still, this is yet another hit in Morbid Angel's discography that I recommend checking out.