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Release date: November 2005
Style: Progressive metal, Symphonic power metal

Rating:

7.9 | 140 votes

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01. Fire Forever
02. Arcanas Tenebrae/Dominate
03. Terror Jungle
04. Children of the Dead Lake
05. R'Lyeh the Dead
06. The Darkitecht
07. Kissing the Crow
08. Fame [Irene Cara cover]
09. Undying [Japanese Bonus Track]

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (9)


Additional info
Gus Monsanto - vocals
Stephan Forté - guitar
Franck Hermanny - bass
Kevin Codfert - keyboards
Eric Lébailly - drums

Released in Japan by Avalon Online/Marquee Records on December 16th, 2005 with one bonus track:
9. Undying (04:34)

Released in Brazil with "Arcanas Tenebrae/Dominate" as track 1 and "Fire Forever" as track 2.

Staff review by
Jeff

Rating:
8.5
After that Stephan Forte fired David Redman, the first singer of the French combo Adagio, everybody, me the first, was wondering if it was possible to find a good replacement. Stephan found a young singer from Brazil, Gus Monsanto and if you still didn't know how good he could be, I will invite you to have a look quickly on "Dominate" the new album of the band to understand that we're just in front of a real masterpiece. Adagio is back, and not for nothing…

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published 06.04.2006 | Comments (2)

Guest review by
Horlequism

Rating:
8.0
Adagio are back with Dominate, an album that fans of their earlier albums will certainly enjoy. The band hasn't changed their blueprint at all; nine tracks all focusing on straight-ahead power metal riffing chord structures, symmetrical meters and guitar histrionics performed by none other then Stéphan Forté. The only difference on this album is the incorporation of more death metal vocals, especially on the title track where symphonic overtones are mixed in with grindcore blast beats and guttural rasping vocals. This trend continues on "Terror Jungle" at the two minute mark, turning into a song that doesn't even sound like Adagio for twenty seconds. "Terror Jungle" would be one of Dominate's more diverse tracks; it's a song that is clearly all over the place. It mixes signature Adagio orchestration with Malmsteen-influenced notation, an 80s power metal influence, and a brief pounding double-bass moment of death metal growling. "R'Lyeh the Dead" is another track on Dominate that features death metal growling, however fusing this with clean vocals. "Kissing the Crow" is the album's ballad track as well as Forté's lowest point for vocals on Dominate, seemingly trying too hard to articulate the odd lyric (although this might be denounced simply to his French accent). "Kissing the Crow" is a rather short song which mixes piano with a string accompaniment. The cover of "Fame" from Alan Parker's 1980 film Fame seems to come out of nowhere. Adagio take this once soft rock adult contemporary song and turn it into a pulsing power metal tune and adds in off-time drumming patterns in the outro. All in all Dominate is a solid album by the band, waiting to be outdone by a future epic release..
published 01.06.2006 | Comments (0)

Guest review by
#~|CoP Return|~#

Rating:
8.6
After some changes in the band - Gus Mosanto replacing David Readman at the vocals - The Frenchmen are back with their new album entitled "Dominate."

Many people wonder if sacking David Readman was for the better (I was truly a great fan of his), I can assure you it IS! Adagio are giving us an awesome "new" sound at the vocals with this Brazilian fitting extremly well with the compisition of Stephaned Forté, taking us further into the heaviness of their sound! This new album is really continuing the Adagio tradition; a great power/prog style inspired greatly by Symphony X with great and heavy riffs as we are acustomed to hearing by the french guitar player and genius Forté.

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published 13.06.2006 | Comments (0)

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Heka69 - 24.03.2011 at 17:46  
Rating: 7 Very good album. May lack the epicness of Underworld, but the song are much more radio friendly. Usually that's a bad thing, but in any case I can recommend this album for every prog-fan.
Yasmine - 24.03.2011 at 17:56  
Rating: 8 PRetty good album, has a few good hooks too.
Luneth - 17.04.2011 at 13:46  
Rating: 10 It is a good album, just gets very boring very fast...they seem to operate on two tempos: slow & slower. That makes the keyboard/guitar solos very annoying on nearly every track.
K†ulu - 17.04.2011 at 17:18  
Rating: 10
Written by Luneth on 17.04.2011 at 13:46

It is a good album, just gets very boring very fast...they seem to operate on two tempos: slow & slower. That makes the keyboard/guitar solos very annoying on nearly every track.

That's weird. I have always considered this album very dynamic, a pretty great combination of not cheesy power metal and prog, and what's wrong with solos?
Luneth - 17.04.2011 at 20:03  
Rating: 10
Written by K†ulu on 17.04.2011 at 17:18

Written by Luneth on 17.04.2011 at 13:46

It is a good album, just gets very boring very fast...they seem to operate on two tempos: slow & slower. That makes the keyboard/guitar solos very annoying on nearly every track.

That's weird. I have always considered this album very dynamic, a pretty great combination of not cheesy power metal and prog, and what's wrong with solos?


It's not cheesy Power Metal that's for sure and it is, in my opinion, great Prog Metal. My comment was merely stating a few issues I have with the album. The problem with the solos is that, while they are performed brilliantly, they don't fit the...'whole idea' if you like. It just doesn't sound right to have 6 minutes+ of Orchestra, then three minutes of solos. Also, because the keyboards are so prominent with Adagio a lot of the keyboard passages end up sounding the same and get annoying.
Heka69 - 02.05.2012 at 20:02  
Rating: 7
Written by Luneth on 17.04.2011 at 20:03

It's not cheesy Power Metal that's for sure and it is, in my opinion, great Prog Metal. My comment was merely stating a few issues I have with the album. The problem with the solos is that, while they are performed brilliantly, they don't fit the...'whole idea' if you like. It just doesn't sound right to have 6 minutes+ of Orchestra, then three minutes of solos. Also, because the keyboards are so prominent with Adagio a lot of the keyboard passages end up sounding the same and get annoying.


I like that even when you even you've rated the album as 10 you do nothing but criticize it. Just weird

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