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Review: Veni Domine - Light
Veni Domine

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 1:07:35
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: November 20, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Light is the seventh and, as it turns out, last album for Sweden's long-running Veni Domine. The band announced on their Facebook page that they were splitting up on September 20th, 2014. That's too bad as Light is the first album of theirs I've heard. Progressive Metal is at the heart of Light and the album is full of slow, simmering melodies crafted from the interplay between guitar and keyboard. The band lists their music as "doom" on Facebook and I get that as most of the songs are slow, though hardly what I would call proper Doom Metal. The songs on Light have an almost Moorish or Middle-Eastern vibe running through them, something that gives them a lot of character and individuality. This is heard no more clearly than on the closing track "Oh Great City 2014," a song that begins with a vocal line that seems to echo from the minarets and if you aren't reminded of Rainbow's "Stargazer," which features some absolutely sublime lead work from Ritchie Blackmore, you haven't been doing your homework. Veni Domine don't really sound like too many other bands though wisps of Voyager, Rush and Symphony X drift in and out of Light.

Light isn't the type of album you put on to get fired up or anything like that; it is a more contemplative work. I'm not familiar with their previous works but this is certainly a fitting final chapter for Veni Domine.

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