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Released: 1995, Giant Records
Reviewer: El Cid
COVENANT and DOMINATION often come up as the subject of heated argument when metalheads from all over the world debate their favourite Morbid Angel release. Why? It is a complex matter. To me, COVENANT is a masterpiece and DOMINATION seems to be more of a step back than forth. Maybe it’s because I perceive the production in COVENANT differently and some people do not appreciate it in the same way I do. Maybe it is because some of the best Morbid Angel tracks are packed in DOMINATION (“Where the Slime Live”, “Caesar’s Palace”). I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it certainly is a very valid discussion even by today’s you-suck-if-your-opinion-is-different standards.
What happened in DOMINATION? The band re-expanded to its original 4 piece size. Not only that but Erick Rutan is not only in charge of “half” the guitar duties (who really knows) but he also brings a keyboard into the mix. Now, we all know keyboards= suckitude, right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight… /sarcasm
Rutan’s tracks are actually one of the biggest pluses on this album. His input is highly appreciated and it seems as though it gave Morbid Angel a new vision of things, a way of expanding their sound.
Other than that, Pete Sandoval crushed a lot of drummers’ dreams again by taking drumming standards way too high, topping even himself. The shredding remains top notch and David Vnicent’s growling is still a landmark in vocals to this day.
In all I don’t’ hold DOMINATION as high as COVENANT in my books, but this by no means makes it bad or boring or anything of that sort… and you know what? If it was bad, bad Morbid Angel is still better than 90% of what’s out there. Suck it up, buy this if you are into Death Metal
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