Released: 2012, Relapse Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
New Dominions represents a brief collaborative endeavour by two highly influential acts in the the Blackend/Doom drone scene, Horseback and Locrian. By combining their skills into this brief yet alluring package they offer the listener a voyage into the realms of Dark Psychedelia.
‘The Gift’ unfolds with a dark atmospheric tonality with ambient texturing and muffled noises underlying throughout. shrieking vocals wade their way in with a sublime effect as a bell can be heard ringing in the distance, as the drumming reverberates with light shards of guitar effect glittering the way.
The longest piece found here, ‘Our Epitaph’ follows with a sturdy bass line and echoing clean vocals that run alongside the intro that come with a morbid essence to an all consuming aura that pulls you into a mesmerizing picture of ambience. The psychedelic dynamics of the band fall into place with the guitars woven neatly into the mid section All this helps carve a meandering void of darkness that is shrouded with layers and good instrumentation from each members.
The fuzzy guitar riff of ‘Oblivion Eaters‘, comes with slow paced growling and divulges a more cathartic edge than the previous two tracks.
Meanwhile, ‘In The Absence of Light’ has brooding guitars that are tainted with a lighter sense of melody woven in with clean vocals littered throughout.
Closing off with, ‘The Gift Remix’ (James Plotkin), which serves as a re-work of the EP’s opening track. Many of earlier qualities are shared here with occasional crashing sound effects that add to the grandeur of the track, along with tribal drumming thrown in for good measure.
Final thoughts, there are many avenues that are worth exploring on this record worthy of dissecting. Definitely not the most accessible piece of music you’re likely to hear, but if you want to delve into what the world of Dark Psychedlia is all about then this is a great place to start. Fully loaded with great musicianship and atmospheric art, you are sure to find something worth grabbing onto and losing yourself in.
Review by Ben Spencer