With two already keenly praised albums under their belts, Italian death metallers Dominance are poised to release third full-length XX: The Rising Vengeance and make their biggest impact yet. Uncaging ten ravenous slices of creative animosity and enterprise; the album is an ear grabbing declaration of a band finding a new striking plateau as its sound in many ways comes of inventive age. XX: The Rising Vengeance is not a ground breaking proposal it is probably fair to say yet each track within its creative animus offers something fiercely fresh and imaginatively compelling.
Hailing from Rolo in the Province of Reggio Emilia, Dominance emerged in the early nineties swiftly making a local impact which stretched as their live presence explored the Italian metal scene and the band released debut album Ancient Splendour in 1999. It was another ten years before its successor Echoes of Human Decay was unveiled, the 2009 encounter soon drawing acclaim across the Italian and European metal press. With a new line-up in place, Dominance are now looking to whip up an even bigger storm with XX: The Rising Vengeance, with a potent degree of success easy to envisage.
XX opens up the release, its instrumental invitation a swiftly magnetic affair as mystique hued guitars tempt and seduce the imagination. Their exotic spices are soon joined by a portentous wall of building sonic intrigue, a merger which blossoms and evolves further as the song casts a melodically suggestive portrait of emotion and imagination. The track eventually leads ears and thoughts straight into the waiting jaws of Journey to a New Life. Within its first breath, as guitars strike and beats batter, the raw throated tones of Massimiliano Marri scowl and trespass the senses; initial seconds where the song already has ears and thoughts gripped. The cosmopolitan hue of the opener also lines its successor’s melodies while rhythms prowl as grooves enjoyably wind around ears and song.
It is a mighty insurgence into ears matched by that of This Is War, another caging of the psyche by rabid riffs and acidic grooves as the swinging beats of Davide Tognoni hungrily descend on the senses. Every note has a certain animosity yet persuasive edge to it, adding to the building intensity and the brewing inventive collage of sound led by the imagination cast by guitarists Gabriel Cavazzini and Luca Alzapiedi. A predator from start to finish, the excellent confrontation is replaced by the equally challenging and pleasing Into the Fog. Once more an individual web of grooves and riffs surrounds bruising rhythms and caustic vocals, the bass of Saverio Rossi a stalking presence in the midst of it all. As in its predecessors, a great mix of attacks in the vocals also emerges to further flavour song and narrative.
Twisted lives up to its name next ; its body of sound and invention bordering on the deranged and incessantly vicious to whip up a new greed in an already established appetite for the album, while Dear Next Victim dances on the ear initially with flirtatious tendrils of guitar and spicy hooks. That early coaxing only intensifies as the song erupts into a more volcanic proposal though and also when it explores a less intensive adventure of groove metal ingenuity. There is a touch of Down meets Sepultura to the song in certain moments, a compelling and thrilling twist which is matched in imagination throughout by a series of bold twists and dramatically imaginative turns. The track is superb, taking best on album honours with ease.
The savaging of ears by Breathless is no less an exhilarating and galvanic offering, riffs and rhythms uniting in a hellacious assault with a riveting maze of melodic dexterity from Cavazzini involved whilst Just a Reflection is a festival of engaging enterprise which just gets more volatile and rancorous with each passing invasive minute. Though neither quite matchup to some of the earlier triumphs, each fascinates with their eventful designs whilst exciting ears with their imagination driven prowess, certain success found in the senses badgering, ear nagging tempest of Time to Pay. Again, it feels like ears and being stalked by a hungrily bestial protagonist for a challenging and rousing incitement to become seriously involved in.
Completed by Rise Again, a more classic and heavy metal embracing ferocity, XX: The Rising Vengeance is the wake-up call to the sound and growing creative force of Dominance. It is maybe not a release to turn the European metal scene on its head but easy to expect it help make the Italians a far wider known and devoured proposition. More importantly it leaves thick pleasure in its turbulent wake, that alone more than enough to warrant checking band and album out.
XX: The Rising Vengeance will be released worldwide by Sliptrick Records 0n 8th July across all digital stores and many physical shops.
Pete RingMaster 04/05/2016
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