|Review: Domain of Dreams - Domain of Dreams|
|Domain of Dreams|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: March 23, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Domain of Dreams
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
The term "Progressive Metal" can be used to describe a broad swath of sounds, but Bulgaria's Domain of Dreams sticks to the tried-and-true sounds of Dream Theater, Threshold and the like. The songs on their self-titled album are guitar-driven with only supporting keyboards to round out the sound. The album is heavy on melody and light on rapid changes or odd time signatures. Guitarists Plamen Radev and Ivan Popov are the stars of Domain of Dreams. Their riff work has a good sound, in spite of a flat production, and the leads are entertaining. Singer Daniel Radev (brother of Plamen) is another story. His vocals are an acquired taste, to say the least. When singing mid-range, he sounds a bit like Edguy's Tobias Sammet, though much less powerful. But he likes to employ a high, warbling falsetto that, after a while, is like nails on a chalkboard.
Musically, Domain of Dreams is fairly well done, if unoriginal, Progressive Metal. I found myself tapping the steering wheel on more than one occasion. The vocals are the main turn-off, even after several listens, rendering the album a mixed bag.
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