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Review: Forsaken - Dominaeon

Label: Golden Lake Productions
Year released: 2005
Duration: 53:44
Tracks: 10
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: June 5, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.36/5 (67.27%) (11 Votes)

I liked Forsaken's sophomore album Anima Mundi, but I found it rather uninspired, and not very memorable, so I am very pleased with how much better Dominaeon is. For their third album this Maltese band has really brought everything to another level.

I think the term "two album leap" applies here, as Forsaken have put together an album of strong, memorable, and heavy songs of traditional Doom Metal. The 'intro' track is bullshit, but after that they break into the groovy riffs of the title track and you will start to get that fist in the air. On this album everything is just better. The riffs are stronger, the production is heavier, and the vocals have taken a giant leap forwards from strictly okay to genuinely good. On the last album Leo Stivala just managed to carry a tune, but here he powers out the catchy vocals with power and emotion to spare.

I'm always happy to signal that a band has gone from 'also-ran' to genuine first rate, and that has definitely happened here. Forsaken really put a lot of work into fixing the problems with their sound, and the results sound great. Fans of Solitude Aeturnus, Mezarkabul, Grand Magus and Solstice should sit up and take note of this album; an excellent release that I recommend very strongly. Dominaeon delivers the goods.

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