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Domain - The Artefact (6/10) - Germany - 2002

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Point Music
Playing time: 58:56
Band homepage: Domain


  1. Discover The Artefact
  2. Charade
  3. Mystery Stone
  4. Day Tripper
  5. Strangers From The Heart
  6. Blackhole Visions
  7. Seasons (The Circles Around The Moon)
  8. Don't Count On Love
  9. Spirit Of The Sun
  10. Almost Eden
  11. Downtown Babylon
  12. Heart On The Line
  13. Experience XTC
Domain - The Artefact
As last year's comeback-album "One Million Lightyears From Home" hasn't been a too good thing, their new CD "The Artefact" had not been enthusing me too much. But as it is there…

And what should I say? The cover is great and so are the songs! Altogether they have turned a little heavier, which does fit DOMAIN pretty well, but don't fear, they still are moving along the border between Melodic Rock and Metal. Also the production, then still a big point of criticism, is a lot better, the choirs are where they belong and the rest also received a good sound.

In terms of songs quite a few very good songs have found their way on the album, the opening duo (if you disregard the intro "Discover The Artefact") "Charade" and "Mystery Stone" are Melodic-crackers of top quality, with the latter, as Axel writes in the booklet, being very Gary Moore-y, reminding a bit of Irish folk-songs, but also stuff like "Seasons (The Circles Around The Moon)" (reminding me a lot of the old DOMAIN), "Spirit Of The Sun" with its sitar or the really heavy and fast "Experience XTC" show that they apparently have taken the criticism on their last album to heart. And we also get a cover-version, "Day Tripper" by THE BEATLES. Only "Downtown Babylon" with its wahwah-guitars and the vocals, no, nothing for me…

All in all I can attest DOMAIN a very good album, which should be to every Melodic Rock/Metal-gourmet's taste! (Online August 7, 2002)

Alexander Melzer

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