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Review: Ancient Dome - Perception of this World
Ancient Dome
Perception of this World

Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 47:15
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 25, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
Perception of this World

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

I would call this release "over the top" Thrash Metal. These Italians created music that pays homage to the old school, while also taking some cues from more modern extreme bands. The combining of sounds was done tastefully which is what makes Ancient Dome's second album, via Punishment 18 Records, so compelling.

Even though it wasn't a smooth start, I liked what I heard on Perception of this World. Ancient Dome use patterns in their songwriting that are similar to American legend Death. The same melodies, solo licks and guitar production are there. Even several of the rhythms were quite parallel to Death's early 90s output. Of course, some will say Ancient Dome is not so original. I would disagree because of the combination of old school Thrash Metal and new technical Death Metal. Not that the music is overly technical as it actually flows.

I recommend you check out this young group. I was totally amazed that, despite their thrashy nature, Ancient Dome found a place for a ballad. At first I thought "Dream Again" was a cover, but it isn't and that left a big impression on me. In addition, the artistic instrumental, "Gordian Knot," showed the band can go beyond what is traditional with some great riffs and progressive passages. None of this can deny the straightforward material such as "Perception of this World," "Face the Facts," (which sounds a bit like Artillery or Hades) and "DevastHate."

Death influenced or not, the band didn't rely too heavily on their forebears and that is why Ancient Dome has left a mark with this new release. Surely with more great material they will go far and beyond their local scene.

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