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I’m sure there is an audience out there for this type of music but it’s not for the one writing this review.

Formed in Sweden in 1987 under the name of Glorify, and later changed to Seventh Seal, the band name Veni Domine was decided upon in the early nineties. Quite prolific on the Doom Symphonic Metal circuit, the band built up a loyal following. Unfortunately delays in record releases and a penchant for Christian biblical apocalyptic themes meant they lost a bit of ground and things passed them by. But they now return with Frederik Sjoholm supplying the quite striking artwork for the new release ‘Light’ and he also takes on the lead vocals.

The turgid ‘In Memoriam’ is an ambitious opening number, running at nearly twelve minutes and it grinds along with a mass of Metal and theatrical musical themes. ‘Farwell’ is a nose-flattener of a guitar riff, sprinkled with keyboard flourishes. Sjoholm has a similar voice to Geoff Tate of Queensryche in the mid ranges. I kept hoping that at some point he would hit the high notes and propel the song into the stratosphere – sadly he didn’t!

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This is where things take a turn for the predictable worst. ‘Hope’ and ‘The Hour Of Darkness’ never seem to get out of first gear and this really gives the album a sense of the one dimensional. Thankfully, ‘Where The Story Ends’ change things a little, but the unsurprising vocal approach never allows the song to reach its true goal.

Listening to Veni Domine reminded me of the first time I heard Candlemass (which was slow, labouring and uninspired). I’m sure there is an audience out there for this type of music but it’s not for the one writing this review!

Ray Paul

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