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The Dogma
A Good Day to Die
October 2007
Released: 2007, Drakkar Records/Sony BMG/Sound Pollution
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This is the Italian band The Dogma’s second album to date. Their debut BLACK ROSES came out at the beginning of last year and to be honest I listened to this album with fresh ears because I hadn’t heard them before this CD landed in my mailbox.

This is an album jammed with tight and well-played melodic heavy metal with progressive parts mixed with gothic and symphonic influences. The Dogma delivers the music with feeling and energy along with a lot of skills. The focus is set on guitars and lead vocals. To understand this review you almost have to hear the album because it’s really hard to describe the band’s music. There are hardly any guitar solos - instead it’s a lot of fast, rhythmic guitar riffs throughout the album.

The songs are incredibly solid and almost of them are great tracks, except for “Autumn Tears” which only consists of piano and lead vocals. It’s a really slow ballad that feels boring. “Angel in Cage” is an up-tempo ballad with nothing much going on at all even though there’s a lot of heavy guitar riffs in the middle. Last but not least we have “Christine Closed Her Eyes” which is another ballad with strings and lead vocals and nothing more. There’s more chorus than verses and all of those tracks could have been erased.

But if you look away from those bad songs, the rest of the album is a knock-out and ought to appeal fans of melodic heavy metal as well as the symphonic metal fans.
Track Listing

1. Beginning of the End
2. A Good Day to Die
3. In The Name of Rock
4. Bitches Street
5. She Falls On The Grave
6. I Hate Your Love
7. Autumn Tears
8. Riding The Dark
9. Angel in Cage
10. Back From Hell
11. Feel My Pain
12. Bullet In My Soul
13. Christine Closed Her Eyes


Daniele – lead vocals
Cosimo – guitar
Stefano – keyboards
Masso – bass
Marco – drums

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