Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dommin: Love is Gone

Ok, this is my first track-by-track album review. However, unlike some, I'm not gonna go and examine every little thing. I'm just gonna give you a run down of each track to give you an idea of what they are and help you judge if you would like the album as a whole.

The lucky victim, er winner is Dommin and their album Love is Gone on Roadrunner Records due out February 2, 2010.

Track listing
The album kicks off with, probably the best track on the list, "My Heart, Your Hands". When you first hear the song, you may, like I did, think of a snow covered Catholic church. And if you're also like me, when you hear the whole song and close your eyes, you can picture it being performed inside the church as well. It's got a great goth feel that reminds you of medieval cathedrals. It's just great. We then switch to more of an upbeat tempo with the track "New". The song has a good beat and flow. Next, we encounter the first of the albums three interludes, "Evenfall Hollow" has to be one of, if not the least productive track on this album. There was really no point to include it. Up now is the song "Tonight". Well, not a real surprise here, it's about a guy wanting to go home with a woman. Can we go just one album in the world without this? It has kind of a pop rock feel to it. It's not bad, but it's not the best song on here. For the next song, the best I could tell the band is, "Next time, less is more". For he title track "Love is Gone", Not a bad song, just on this side of mediocre. Now, this song really caught me off guard. "Dark Holiday" starts out with a marching keyboard that's rather reminiscent of the 1940s and then it's into an upbeat rock jam. After that nice "swing rock" track we're approached by a very good guitar intro that leads into a song with a nice vocal flow, called "Without End". Parts of this song might make you think of an angry Christmas song.

The back half of the album begins with an interlude entitled "Within Reach". It's better than the first, but still not really that important to have included on the final cut. The first actual song of the back half is one entitled "Closure" and it happens to be one of the better tracks on this effort. It has a great flow and beat and is well written and performed. Now, time for a change of pace, "Making the Most", rather than following in suit with the tracks prior, it's a nice, slow song that you could see someone in a movie walking in the rain listening too. Now someone of a return to the previous formula for the tracks on the album, "One Feeling" starts out with a great rocking guitar intro, though the song is more peppy than anything. It's one of the bright spots of the album. "Wait, what was that? How many feelings do you have inside you?" "Oh, just the one, ok. Just wanted to make sure." And we're back to the slower, rocking beat. "I Still Lost" was well written and has good form and flow lyrically. I'm not sure if "One Eye Open" should be counted as an interlude or a midget song, either way, shouldn't have made the final cut. It does nothing, doesn't tell a story, nothing. This one, "Honestly" had some excellent harmonizing vocals that made the song. It was well written and the vocals gave it a nice complete sound, however, it just seemed like something, I'm not sure what, was missing. Drum roll please, and now, for the final track of the album. "Remember" was a first on this album, a ballad. And when I say ballad, I don't mean some from the '80s, I mean played on the piano ballad. Not a bad song and a nice surprised from a band that you think will be just straight up goth sans variation.

On an album in which I thought the songs would be mostly slower, deeper and broodier (is that even a word?), I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of styles the songs were clearly influenced by. From '40s style piano chords to pop rock to a ballad. The highlights of Love is Gone would have to be "My Heart, Your Hands", "Dark Holiday", "One Feeling" and "I Still Lost". It's a shame however, that the album was interrupted by the interludes that did nothing to progress the flow of the album. If you want an album you can listen to several times and enjoy, I suggest you go and pick this one up. However, if you're looking for nothing but depressed goth music, you might wanna keep looking.


Dommin on Twitter
Roadrunner Records artist page
Original music video for "My Heart, Your Hands"
Love is Gone at Amazon

Monday, November 23, 2009


Ok, I really, really am sorry that I haven't updated in awhile. It's the result of different factors, but ya know what? I'm back and hopefully by this weekend I'll have a review up of the metal band Dommin's album "Love is Gone", courtesy of my (personal) favorite record label, Roadrunner Records. I would like to give a shout out to Jason a.k.a. "Bucket" over at Capital Rock Show, he's finally back, not exactly as he was before, but it's better than nothing.

Ok, now onto a bit about what I've been up too. I'm on multiple medications and one of the side effects of the mixture of Prozac and Lizinopril is vertigo, and it's been hard for me to walk since about late June/early July. It even bothers me to sit up at times. So while I've been tryin' my best to acclimate to the vertigo, I've been playin' a lot of Madden NFL 10 and NCAA Football 10 for the Xbox 360. I've also been wathin' way too many movies and of course listenin' to music. I'd be crazy if I didn't.

Oh and after my review of Dommin's Love is Gone, I'll post a review of a band that in my personal opinion are metal gods, Type O Negative. And as usual, if you discover a band here and enjoy their music, please, tell them where you found them at. And lastly, yes, I plan to get a better lookin' logo, I know it looks cheap, well, it is. lol

Until then I am, as always, your master and ruler, Crash Underride.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Halo In Reverse

Ok, first and foremost, I would like to apologize for the long delay. I've been fightin' my depression again and it's been pretty bad lately. So, this is helpin' me feel better so, thanks for waitin' and readin'. So, onto the music.

Halo in Reverse. Yeah, that's right this dude's name is Halo in Reverse. The first time I saw it, I'm like "How can a halo go in reverse? It's friggin' circle!" Don't let the name fool ya, he's good. He's a white-boy from Philly who's got the Indsustrial chops that liken to Celldweller, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails and Criss Angel (yes, the illusionist), just to name a few.

The first time I heard of him was when I got a friend request on MySpace. Normally, I don't add bands that request me, however I had a listen to his music had a great sound, not to mention a good name. So yeah, from the first listen I was a fan. He's got songs that range from, good to have as background noise in your headphones while you surf the internet, to songs that you'll find yourself listenin' to while on the net and semi-bangin' your head too, to just plain ol' good songs, to a couple great ones. I highly recommend the 4:41 "Pop Culture Icon". It has to be one of the best songs I've heard in the last few years. You can listen to some of his "tune-age" (that's my Pauley Shore) on his MySpace page, OR what I suggest his official website, on which he has a chunk of more songs on a pop out Flash player, which, for people like me who have computers with REALLY bad RAM, is a good. You can go there listen to his songs (sorry no downloadin') and still raise hell on other sites.

Official website
Official MySpace

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Spirits of the Dead

Ok, I'm back. I'm sorry it's taken' so long. Hopefully that won't happen again. This time out, I bring you, honestly one of the best bands I've ever listened too, and that's just from the six full tracks they have on their MySpace page, they are, Spritis of the Dead, a psychedelic-stoner-"folk"-rock band from Seasside, Norway, with the best 60s, Doors, sound heard since the....well 1960s rock scene. They sent me a friend request on MySpace last night and I jumped over and I've listened to every track they have posted, now on my second time through as I write this.

The production is crisp, clear and clean. The sound is so reminiscent of the 1960s, peace, love, and weed generation that it's hard to belive their from a) Norway, and b) the 21st Century. Not to mention, if you just hit play, and sit back you'll fell like you're in the 60s. When I did, in my mind, I saw clips of people such as Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, and Woodstock (the originial). SotD is a MUST hear for all Classic Rock and stoner rock fans, as well as stoners. My personal favorite tracks would happen to be: "Spirits of the Dead," "White Lady/Black Rave," and....ah hell, I like'em all (that are on their MySpace player). What's more, "White Lady/Black Rave" has an organ soundin' keyboard in it!

These guys are a MUST hear! I give them 4.5 stars-out-of five. So, until next time, enjoy and keep checkin' back.

Official MySpace
"White Lady/Black Rave" (Courtesy of Scandinavian Music Journal - It's a Trap!