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Domination Commence

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Domination Commence

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Release Date: 2001
1. October Ruins
2. Grow
3. Forsaken Life
4. Sown By Greed
5. Stoner
6. Icon
7. Entering Domination
8. Pitched World Collapse
9. Prozak Nation
10. Fanatic Mind
11. Destination Devistation
12. When The Levee Breaks (Japan Bonus)

Review by Krys on February 21, 2002.

First of all The Defaced, according to Mattias (guitar) is not just another side project and even though 3 out of 5 members come from Darkane (Jorgen and Klas) and Soilwork (Henry) all of them approach this band very seriously and it shows.

For those of you who are hoping for a mix of the two aforementioned bands, I don’t have good news. The Defaced is not just another Swedish melodic death metal outfit but rather an imaginative, innovative group of people playing a new version of thrash with influences from early Machine Head and the alternative Seattle scene.

As expected from a thrashy band, fast and dynamic guitars are the core of their music and create a very energetic and grooving background for the mostly clear but muscular vocals of Henke. A very tight rhythm section that goes hand in hand with each stroke of the guitars manufactures a heavy feel to what are often quite melodic tunes, keeping them from crossing that much fan-hated ‘commercial’ line.

Due to almost limitless musicianship, most of the tracks have a wide variety of tempos, riffs and vocal styles to keep “Domination Commence” interesting from start to end. While songs like ‘Stoner’ or ‘Fanatic Minds’ will hit you full-force, the more toned-down and laid back ‘Sown by Greed’ and ‘Prozak Nation’ provide a nice variance and much missed element of surprise in many of today’s releases.

Bottom Line: Very impressive debut and well worth the purchase for fans of aggressive and dynamic music.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 9
Originality: 7
Overall: 8

Rating: 8.2 out of 10