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That's why I love Michael Schenker!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

An Album Review

Domain - The Chronicles of Love, Hate and Sorrow

Track Listing:

1. Picture the Beauty
2. Sweeping Scars
3. Angel Above
4. Circle of Give and Take
5. He's Back
6. My Inner Rage
7. Digging Their Graves
8. Haunting Sorrows
9. The Last Dance
10. Twelve O'Clock
11. Two Brothers & The Sinners Chess*

* Bonus track, only available on the limited edition deluxe digipak

Band Personnel:

Axel Ritt - Guitars, harmony & backing vocals
Nicolaj Ruhnow - Lead, harmony & backing vocals
Erdmann Lange - Keyboards, harmony & backing vocals
Steven Wussow - Bass, backing & harmony vocals
Jens Baar - Drums & percussion

Genre: Symphonic Melodic Metal
Label: Humbucker (SPV)
Released: According to Amazon.com, the US release date is May 5, 2009
Rating: 9.5/10

Full length tracks are available here for your listening pleasure if you live in the US, Germany or the UK.

My copy of this supposedly yet to be released CD

The Review

Following what appears to be somewhat of a trend recently, this is a concept album. The lyrics of all tracks, save for the bonus track, are inspired by Die Leiden des jungen Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther). I've not been fortunate enough to have read this, but the music and lyrics most definitely convey the haunting and sorrowful theme of this work.

I was quite impressed by the vocals which had absolutely none of that "English is not my first language" quality that I've noticed in many bands (even well established ones) from non-English speaking countries. I was equally impressed by the fact that the backing and harmony vocals are done by other band members rather than dub after dub of the frontman's voice, a practice that I find to be a bit disturbing.

As for the guitars, we all know that if they don't measure up to my standards I'll listen a few times and put the album on the back burner. This is certainly not the case here, as I find myself listening to this album over and over. Quite powerful and very flowing, definitely captivating to the ear of this middle-aged metalhead!

Overall, the album comes together beautifully, and I'd recommend it to any of my metalhead friends and even a few who are not.

My favorite tracks:

Sweeping Scars and He's Back

For more info on the band, go here.


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