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There is nothing, nothing, not to like about this album.

‘Domain’ is the second release from Oceans Of Night, a progressive metal band featuring the undoubted talents of multi-instrumentalist Scott Mosher, aided by vocalist Scott Oliva and mystery drummer Alan Smittee. It’s pretty much a studio project, growing out of Mosher’s former self-title band who’ve released four previous albums. So there is plenty of pedigree here, and it shows. The instrumentation and songwriting are both top-notch, but the production is also flawless throughout. OK, a lot is made of the fact that Joey Vera mixed and engineered it, but that doesn’t detract from the quality of the material he had to work with.

A ten-track monster reminiscent of the works of Arjen Lucassen, the 65 minute album is dominated by the opening (and title) track. ‘Domain’ clocks in at seventeen-and-a-half minutes, with a tranquil ambient opening overrun by crashing power chords: the seemingly relentless riff with the power of Pagan’s Mind and the passion of Pink Floyd ebbs and flows effortlessly for six plus-minutes before Mosher cuts loose and solos like a man possessed. Afterwards comes a period of breathing space – just enough to allow you to drop your guard – before nailing you a second time. And be warned – the final twist in the tail will hit you square between the eyes.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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After such a roller-coaster ride anything is likely to be rather anticlimactic, although don’t write off ‘Domain’ too soon: this is no one-trick pony and the remaining nine songs all have plenty of excitement and exhilaration up their musical sleeves. Personal favourites are ‘The View To You’, just half the length of the title track but just as potent, and the Fates Warning-ish ‘Don’t Look To Me’. Bizarrely, Mosher reckons the whole thing came together quite quickly. “All of the songs are new and were conceived during a very fertile time of musical creativity in my life, basically around September of 2010 through the summer of 2011. I wrote probably two CDs’ worth of music, and continue to write more. In fact, as of this exact date in time, mid-February, 2012, I have enough music for the next two CDs which Scott [Oliva] and myself are currently completely immersed in.” Some people are just too damned talented for their own good!

There is nothing, nothing, not to like about this album. Go to www.ceansofnight.com and give your credit card some exercise. You won’t regret it. Trust me on this. 

John Tucker

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