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Artist:

Domain

Album:

Last Days of Utopia

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Limb Music Products
Genre: [Melodic Power Metal/Progressive Metal/Symphonic Metal/Hard Rock]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.0
Production: 8.0


Domain's first recordings date back to the end of 80's where it still draws some of its influences. There are clear influences from today's power metal and they also touch the progressive genre every now and then. Though, on one of their songs main riff is too visibly taken from one of Dream Theater's classic songs.

Someone may find Domain's mix of hard rock, progressive and power metal intriguing, but I find it very incohesive. The problem is that the sections of the more progressive songs flow from different styles to another, they sort of "come around the corner". Few times these unexpected changes work and there are some really good melodies along the way. I also liked the orchestra bits. While the band is tight on the album, the guitarist seemed to exceed his playing skills; the result is few sloppy solos. On this genre proficiency is expected if not necessity.

Production-wise the album is quite balanced although I find it a little bit heavy on low-mid range which causes some boominess every now and then. The instrument-balance is nice, drums work although they could be more lively. Mastering is nicely done and I like the fact that the volume of the album is not raised near the complete meltdown.

Overall, Domain's latest album is quite mediocre album. I'm afraid it will be treaded on by the bigger names and for a reason. I'd suggest you give it a listen and decide it for yourself.

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- TINK (08.02.2005)



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LINE-UP:
Ritt, Axel "Ironfinger": Guitar, Backing Vocals
Schulz, Carsten "Lizard": Vocals
Lange, Erdmann: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Mayer, Jochen: Bass
Kllner, Stefan: Drums
Producer: Ritt, Axel
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Domain - Last Days of Utopia  CD  Cover Image
01. Harbour of Hope
02. A New Beginning
03. On Stormy Seas
04. The Shores of Utopia (Instrumental)
05. Ocean Paradise
06. The Beauty of Love
07. The Great Rebellion
08. Endless Rain
09. Last Days of Utopia
10. Underneath the Blue (Instrumental)
11. Left Alone
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