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The heirs to Dissection's throne ... - 70%

Orion, April 15th, 2011

Finally ! A band that can play DISSECTION's unique take on Swedish black/death metal style !

Fallen Angel's Dominion kicks off with "In the Realm of a Thousand Deaths", a short instrumental not dissimilar from "At the Fathomless Depths" ... setting the mood for the eight songs that constitute the ultimate tribute to DISSECTION.

It's all there. The harsh production, the icy tremolo picked melodies, the acoustics, the tasteful lead guitar work, and of course, the twin guitar assault and harmonies.

This is what the third DISSECTION album should have sounded like, and to call Thulcandra a "copycat" or a "clone" is an insult to a band that obviously took their time to craft this black/death metal masterpiece. Stefen Kummerer stated in an interview that this album took several years in the making, and from the quality of the music, and the multi-layered guitarwork, this is apparent. The songs are catchy enough to grab you from the first listen, and complex/layered enough to maintain your interest and grow on you through repeated listens.

I don't see the strong DISSECTION influences as a cheap imitation, rather, this black/death metal assault that never compromises its sense of melody is the continuation of the musical foundations set by Jon Nödtveidt.

Although I initially rated this album 100%, because I was very impressed by Dissection's pseudo-revival ... however, after repetitive listens, it becomes apparent that Fallen Angels Dominion lacks the edge The Somberlain / Storm At The Light's Bane had, in terms of songwriting. The riffs and melodies are noticably weaker and simpler than those of Dissection.

There is a lot of room for improvement, and I hope that the next Thulcandra album will address the flaws of Fallen Angel's Dominion.

Despite its shortcomings, it's a highly recommended album for fans of Dissection, Sacramentum, Unanimated, Vinterland, and Necrophobic.