Artist: The New Dominion
Album: Procreating the Undivine
Genre: Groovy Death Metal
With Procreating the Undivine, the Dutch metal band The New Dominion have released their third record, an album that does not beat about the bush but delivers you a shot of raw metal energy, straight up into your veins.
Being described as the new leaders of the Dutch metal scene might be a little bit of a bold label for these gentlemen, but they deliver flawless, sharp, technical metal, that at the same time grooves like a hippie. Exploring the border between death metal, technical metal and thrash metal, Procreating the Undivine has managed to keep the soul into the metal, where other bands often lose themselves into the technicalities and the superfast finger-work.
The music on Procreating the Undivine bears similarities to different bands: Textures, Opeth, Dark Tranquillity, Evergrey, In Flames,... to name a few. High-quality metal, of the heavier kind – if you want to short description.
The first single of the album, “Ommatidea”, is the 4th track on the album, but is not one of the strongest tracks on the album.
“Atonement of Species”, the 3rd track on Procreating the Undivine is a track that goes one level farther than “Ommatidea”. The vocals on “Atonement of Species” are brilliantly diverse, ranging from deep growls to high-pitched screams and covering a wide range of emotions.
“Matriarch Asphyxia”, and the subsequent “Slaves of Ablaze”, the 6th and 7th tracks of the album reminds me of “Mine is the Grandeur... of Melancholy Burning” by Dark Tranquillity, not only for using the contrast between the calm, acoustic intro and the furious storm of metal that is released shortly afterwards, but also for their deep and longing undertones.
The following “Transcending the Blood” uses a short acoustic intro, followed by blazing and grooving riffs. Again, the versatile vocals of Bart Schoorl draw the attention. The guitars are razorsharp and the drums know only one direction: forward.
The penultimate track of Procreating the Undivine, “Deceased Empires of Flesh” brings us a short of In Flames on steroids, with that upbeat nu-metal sauce that is so typical for the recent releases of these Swedes. Here, The New Dominion bring a combination of accessible metal, combined with uncompromising and crushing metal riffs.
To conclude: Procreating the Undivine by The New Dominion is a great release for the lovers of death metal, thrash metal and technical metal. Check out the single “Ommatidea”, or buy the album through the band's website.
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