Immortal Dominion


Birth

Immortal Dominion - Birth ©1996 Self-Released
1. Canyon Curse
2. Animated Adrenaline
3. Brighter Days
4. I Won't Kill You
5. Demon Voices

Featuring a fairly potent version of death metal meeting a Bay Area thrash feel, Colorado's Immortal Dominion have released a nice little EP package that demonstrates their wares. Singer/guitarist has a rather demonic voice that is neither low gutteral nor black metal screeching, rather a tortured scream that is simply huge. This band shows a good amount of talent, especially in the fact that their riffing isn't the standard American death metal cut'n'paste method that leaves an actual song out in the cold. Instead, the riffs flow well and you can get a good feel of what the band is about. Best of all about this album, as it was recorded in the Descendents/ALL studio (the Blasting Room), the sound quality is much better than a lot of what you hear in the genre. This is a band that is ready to take the next step...

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/1998

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Endure

Immortal Dominion - Endure ©1999 Self-Released
1. Demon Voices
2. Time To Die
3. Water Of Life
4. Hydrotomb
5. Brighter Days
6. Metal Licker
7. Endure
8. I Won't Kill You
9. Pieces Of Meat
10. 1000 Lbs. Of Glory

Having established themselves as one of Colorado's top death-thrash bands with a strong live following, Immortal Dominion's first complete full length Endure is a bit of a letdown in comparison to what I know they are capable of inflicting. Two stark problems are immediate with this album: 1) Ray Smith has a tendency to sound Pantera-esque with his vocals and 2) the production on the album has the guitars lacking the heaviness this music needs. The songwriting is fairly strong throughout as the band knows the value of a good riff and especially not to bury it underneath a blast beat or indecipherable barrage of useless noise. "Time to Die" features a middle instrumental section that demonstrates their sense of guitar harmony and style. Much of their riffing is thrash based and would have been quite at home in the late 80s Bay Area thrash scene, while not being a retro-thrash ripoff. Moreover, drummer Ben Huntwork is nothing short of excellent in his playing, showing much inventiveness and ability throughout. It is a shame that the drums sound so excellent while the guitars are so lacking. Immortal Dominion is truly a great live band and Endure should have been a stronger reflection of that.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1999

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