Dominus - _Vol.Beat_
(Diehard, 1997)
by: Paul Schwarz (9 out of 10)
Dominus have braved the great and treacherous rapid of musical change and have emerged not only unscathed but also clutching the beast from the deep which is their third album _Vol.Beat_. Although ultimately an excellent slab of metal, Dominus are skirting very close to the edge of sounding too light; still, as they say, nothing ventured nothing gained. _Vol.Beat_ is basically heavy, distorted rock n' roll with various 50's samples of middle Americans talking about rock n' roll as "rhythm, a feeling" and "a feeling that emanates from the pit of hell", backing up its rock'n'roll aspects. Take Entombed's classic _Wolverine Blues_, which dazed and confused everyone four years ago, take away more of the death and add even more of the roll and you have Dominus' '97 take on the now sub-genre of death n' roll. Dominus have gone further down that road, which Grope only recently got run over on, of trying to add "groove" to their sound, and they have done pretty well, striking the right balance between the death and the roll, especially with respect to the vocals. Apart from rock'n'roll's own Jabba the Hutt, Dominus have also paid homage to a more traditional metal influence in the shape of the suspiciously _Seventh Son..._ sounding riffs on "Swine For A While, Pigs For A Week". _Vol.Beat_ is coming your way, and as Vasquez (Aliens) would say: "LET'S ROCK!!!!!".

(article published 17/11/1997)

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