HEARSE is a brand new Swedish trio, containing nice people in it. Yes, because after he left ARCH ENEMY, the singer Johan Liiva got bored, and decided to get back to music, thus recruiting his former colleague from FURBOWL, Mattias Ljung, on guitars, as well as a completely unknown drummer, Max Thornell.
So you could expect fat Death Metal, or at least in the worse case some kind of ersatz of IN FLAMES and so on. There's a bit of that, because there's the big sound of ENTOMBED, and melodic Death Metal gimmicks, but let's say that HEARSE are closer to the… SCORPIONS than to DISMEMBER or even DARK TRANQUILLITY. "Dominion Reptilian" is a very (or too) melodic album, not really violent, and in which you'll be quickly fed up by the number of Heavy Metal solos.
If I was a bad ass, I'd say that this is an 'all audience' Heavy Metal album, with tracks that can be considered as ballads. By luck, Johan has still a very good voice, quite aggressive, that saves the whole thing. But it's definitely not enough, far from that, and you'll quickly forget about HEARSE and get to something else. (Online March 3, 2003)