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Stormbrginer Ruler (The Legend of the Power Supreme)
Released: 2001, Dragonheart
Reviewer: El Cid
It was pretty hard for to decide if I wanted to pick this album or not… First off I hadn’t heard the first two albums by Domine (CHAMPION ETERNAL and DRAGONLORD (TALES OF NOBLE STEEL)) so when the clerk at the local store told they were power metal from Italy I was almost instantly driven away from it.
The one thing this album had to speak for it was the fact that it was a concept album based entirely on the Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock. So then after a lot of thinking I bought it and brought it home, popped into the CD player and kicked back. The result I must say was good, this is not your classic Italian Power Metal with a bunch of dragons flying around and such, actually Domine manage to blend Moorcock’s story with their own brand of power metal to make it very appealing even for the hardened fan.
What marks the biggest different from the rest of the legion of Italian Power Metalers is the fact that Domine actually use keyboards properly. What do I mean by this? They don’t make the keyboards carry the lead of the music, they are in the background and the guitar work rules supreme in this album.
For those of you that had already heard this band before through their first two albums, I must say I listened to them not too long ago after I got their third one and it turned out that STORMBRINGER RULER was the best of the 3. The main improvement came in the vocals department, singer Morby has had a lot of time to improve and he’s done it right! His work on CHAMPION ETERNAL left much to be desired, but in STORMBRINGER RULER he more than makes up for it.
To wrap it up, if you like power metal, you’re more than likely to love this album and I’ll recommend you to listen to the magnificent “Ride of the Valkyries” and the equally great “Horn of Fate” to get hooked on Domine.
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