Kamelot
Dominion


3.0
good

Review

by Trajan Paul Murphy USER (18 Reviews)
November 11th, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dominion is a step in the right direction. However, the main issue with Eternity-sub-par vocals-is still present here.

Kamelot did not exactly get off to a superb start. Their debut album Eternity was decent in most regards, but was unfortunately rife with sub-par vocals. For better or worse, Eternity was not a major release, not even being released in America at the time, and thus did not likely reach the ears of very many people, giving Kamelot another chance to prove their worth with Dominion.

Most of the band have taken steps in the right direction on Dominion, and none more so than Thomas Youngblood, who provides more entertaining and creative riffs and solos, such as on "Heaven" and "We Are Not Separate". He has also expanded his technique by using an acoustic guitar on several songs, like on "Crossing Two Rivers", and "Creation". Bassist Glenn Barry gets several moments in the spotlight on this album on "Heaven" and "Birth of a Hero." Drummer Richard Warner still does not get many standout moments, but manages to shine on "Heaven." Keyboardist David Pavlicko even plays an important part of the song "Birth of a Hero", providing the basis for the rest of the band to follow. Pavlicko also creates a tense atmosphere on the beginning of "Sin."

However, much like Eternity, Dominion's main weakness is sub-par vocal performances. After listening to Eternity one would have thought (or rather, hoped) that vocalist Mark Vanderbilt would have gotten some constructive criticism, and would have gone off to take voice lessons before Kamelot recorded again. It appears that he has not, for his vocals have improved only slightly. He does not attempt his awful high notes as much, and he sounds a bit less shaky than before. He still does high notes though, most egregiously on "Heaven" and "One Day I'll Win". However, even Vanderbilt has his good moments on "Crossing Two Rivers", and "Troubled Mind".

The band also attempt to incorporate symphonic elements to their sound on "Crossing Two Rivers", "Song of Roland", and "Creation". These elements are a welcome addition, but only are fully utilized on "Creation", which can leave the other songs feeling a little incomplete at times. "Creation" is also notably the best song on the record, showcasing the entire band (except Vanderbilt) equally at some point or another. The song also provides the listener a much-needed break from Vanderbilt, which is quite helpful for making it through the album.

Dominion is certainly a step in the right direction for Kamelot, even if Vanderbilt still drags down what would otherwise be a solid album. However, Vanderbilt has learned his limits more, which is ultimately what makes Dominion an improvement over it's predecessor.



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TPM731
November 11th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Figured this could use a review. I'm not sure how good this one turned out. Comments and feedback are much appreciated.

emprorzurg
November 11th 2013


515 Comments


Good review, short (but then again, so are mine) but told me what to expect from the album. Better than your last review because you were more balanced when it came to talking about the band and what they did as compared to your last review because you spent most of it talking about the vocals.

TPM731
November 11th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. I don't intend for my reviews to be short. I just say all that I feel needs to be said about an album.

emprorzurg
November 11th 2013


515 Comments


I agree, I find it hard to do any more than 300 words on an album, I'm quite jealous of those who can write up long reviews, I just can't do it

TPM731
November 11th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, I look at it as being quality over quantity. After all, you would get a better idea about an album from 4 well-written paragraphs than 8 messy paragraphs. Some people can say a lot about an album. I might eventually find an album that causes me to write more than one page about it, but it hasn't happened yet.

emprorzurg
November 11th 2013


515 Comments


Well put my good sir

PsychicChris
November 11th 2013


211 Comments


Kamelot discography review? I'm okay with this. Never bothered to listen to anything before Karma though.

EvoHavok
November 12th 2013


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"over it's predecessor" its

Chris, listen to Fourth Legacy asap.

Digging: Pandemonium - Insomnia

Toondude10
November 14th 2013


3942 Comments


Fourth Legacy is alright, but not their best. And Karma got removed from iTunes those bastards.

Good review, pos'd.

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

TPM731
November 14th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know, how could they take it of?

Fortunately, I was able to get Karma at my local CD store.

Toondude10
November 14th 2013


3942 Comments


They still have that on CD? Damn, I thought they took it off along with Epica. I just hope I can get it on Amazon or something.

TPM731
November 14th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If there's an f.y.e. near where you live, they might have it. That's where I went.

Toondude10
November 15th 2013


3942 Comments


Well, when did you get it?

TPM731
November 15th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Late October. 26th I think.

Toondude10
November 15th 2013


3942 Comments


Really? Hmmm...



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