Ophthalamia - _Dominion_
(No Fashion Records, 1998)
by: David Rocher (
Still bearing in mind the very lame _Via Dolorosa_, which stood out as one of the feeblest albums to plague the year 1995, I welcomed _Dominion_ with a knowledgeable, not-very-lenient grin, and sharpened my keyboard as I got ready to carve this sucker into strips. In fact, the grin instantly faded as the beautiful guitar lead of "Elishias Mistresses Gather" kicked in; slow, beautiful, heavy Swedish dark metal is truly what _Dominion_ has on offer. Fantastic, lyrical, dark melodies (that succeed, despite their sweetness, in never giving in to vomitory goo a la Theatre of Tragedy) combine with a very heavy rhythmic section to create a mysterious, epic work of Swedish dark metal that occasionally indulges in a bit of rock'n'roll guitar work... Sparingly used synthetics back up the beautiful, freezing cold guitar lines on _Dominion_ and succeed in finely carving a deadly, calculated yet emotive masterpiece. It seems that Ophthalamia have finally found a stable line-up in the presence of It, Mist, All, Bone and Night -- this man being no less than Jon Notveidt's brother, his presence may explain the sometimes striking musical similarities of present-day Ophthalamia with a slower, more lyrical interpretation of the mighty Dissection. [Since All is not in the scene anymore (he fled to Finland after Jon Notveidt threatened to kill him) the line-up again lacks stability -- Paul]
(article published 1/16/1999)
All contents copyright 1995-2014 their individual creators. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.