Dominia - Theophania



8.2 | 61 votes |
Release date: 9 September 2014
Style: Symphonic death metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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01. Everyone Else
02. Death Only
03. The Shadow Of The Lost Prophet
04. Mother Plague
05. Unseen Artist Realm
06. Your Senseless Hope
07. The Final Trip
08. A Murderer
09. In Solitude

Line-up
Anton "Tony" Rosa - vocals, guitars
Dmitry Rishko - violin, keyboards, acoustic guitars
Denis "Daniel" Sukharev - guitars
Denis "Den Dev" Devichensky - guitars
Ilya Kononov - bass
Pavel "Jim" Lokhnin - drums

Guest musicians
Gaby Koss - vocals
Daniel Neagoe - vocals

Additional info
Composed by Anton Rosa and Casper, except "Mother Plague" written by Ivan "Viking" Gluschenko and "Death Only" written by Anton Rosa, Casper and Andrey "Undersun" Surygin.
Lyrics by Anton Rosa (1, 6, 7, 9), Oleg Rozhev (2, 3, 8) and Denis "Daniel" Sukharev (4, 5).
Arrangements by Casper, Anton Rosa and Dominia.
Recorded by Denis Devichensky.
Produced by Anton Rosa and Casper.
Co-produced, mixed and mastered by Hiili Hiilesmaa at Yellow House Studio.
Artwork by Yury "Merlin" Voronov (M.A.P.).
Engravings by Anton Rosa.

Guest review by
musclassia
Rating:
7.2
Whilst melodic death gets a bad reputation for a lack of diversity or ambition, there are bands that manage to add a unique take on the sound. Evading the simplistic, energized catchiness of the Gothenburg bands or the melancholy of the Finnish melodeath style, Russian band Dominia's 2006 debut, Divine Revolution maintained melodeath's hookiness, but offered lengthy and well-structured songs, plenty of tonal variance, and, most notably of all, a dominant violin; often a recipe for cheese but excellently utilised in this instance. Rounded off with tasteful piano interludes, powerful vocals and a distinctive production job with both roughness and imperfections but also clarity, it was a fine effort that promised much from a potential new name on the melodeath scene. However, after a sophomore release in 2009, the band went quiet for a few years, and Theophania's release this year came and went without so much as a whisper in the metal scene, myself discovering its existence merely by chance. So what does the band have to offer this time round?

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11.04.2014 - 19:48
psykometal
A staff guy...
Man, I wish they would hurry up and release this damn album... -_-
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08.05.2014 - 20:07
7086945
Anticipating
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This man is lazy and has written nothing.
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09.09.2014 - 20:37
Rating: 9
Dark Forever
Ruído Sonoro
Now that was a pleasant listen!
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Taste the DARK...
... and you'll live FOREVER!
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05.11.2014 - 07:27
bloodwrage
Pagan Angel
Pretty good after listening to it once, but I prefer the single mix for Death Only.
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05.02.2015 - 12:44
Rating: 10
Alex8008
Mother Plague
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10.02.2015 - 11:32
Rating: 7
marshalldml
Well,this band is getting worse and worse after that great debut..........
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10.02.2015 - 23:23
Rating: 10
DoomStick
After third listening I realize that I was wrong that I was thinking this band is getting worse after their debut You cannot say anything after first listening of this stuff, this album is not for listening once! Whatever, you do what you do
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15.07.2016 - 20:40
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
An excellent album! With this record Dominia seems to find the right balance between the gothic/doom and melodic death sides. As always, great violin melodies. Also the artwork and the booklet layout are really beautiful and corresponding to the music. Oh, and the participations of Gaby Koss and Daniel Neagoe on this album give it a nice touch too.
Favourite tracks: Death Only, Mother Plague, In Solitude.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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