|Review: Dome Service - Promo 2002|
Year released: 2002
Review online: March 10, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
I think the best way to describe the 3 songs from this Danish band is to say the music falls somewhere in-between Jester Race-era In Flames and such Death/Thrash bands as Maze of Torment. Not quite "melodic death metal", but not quite "death/thrash" either. No, I won't invent a new genre just to categorize this. Let's just say that they're good enough that I'd rather put them in the Death/Thrash crowd than in the overcrowded and increasingly crappy melodic DM crowd. The second song, "Clarity" is the exception here, however, as it is much closer to melodic death than the other two - catchy melodies that are not without reminding me of In Flames circa Colony and maybe a little Clayman. OK, enough with the In Flames comparisons, I wouldn't want to insult Dome Service. :)
The vocals are "raspy", slightly guttural but close enough to thrash to actually make out most of the lyrics without too much effort, all in all a good fit for the musical style. The highlight is really the guitar work, very sharp and precise with some very good riffs and melodies, doing what other bands would unfortunately do with keyboards - it's nice to see a modern metal band that knows how to make good use of the guitars. The overall feel is pretty dark, except once again for the second song which is slightly "happier" (hence the In Flames references...)
There isn't anything groundbreaking here, but they do their stuff well, and the 3 songs presented here are of very good quality. Two questions are (1) Can they produce a full album of this quality and (2) do they have what it takes to distinguish themselves in a very crowded scene.
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