03 A Trilogy Part 3
Review by G. W. Hill
Charlie Dominici is probably best known for his work in Dream Theater on their debut CD. While I’ve always like James LaBrie, for me, Dominici is the “real” Dream Theater vocalist and LaBrie the replacement. Don’t get me wrong, LaBrie has an incredible voice and I know that in terms of the catalog Dominici is more like a footnote and LaBrie the lead singer, but still in my head it’s all Mr. Dominici..
This CD is from Dominici’s new band, which bears his last name. The group is nestled pretty well in the middle ground between prog metal and metallic prog. Probably they fit a little better in the metal side of things, but the way I generally do things at Music Street Journal is to include items from people who have been in prog bands under prog, even when they aren’t. Besides, this one is very close.
This CD is the third in a trilogy of discs. I am at a bit of a double disadvantage when it comes to the storyline in that I came in with this one (haven’t heard the first two discs) and my copy doesn’t have a lyric sheet. So, what I can tell you is that it feels like the lyrics reflect around Dominici’s own interpretation / reworking of the Biblical end days. I could be wrong. I also think that he has drawn it as a circle where the ending is the new beginning. Once more, I could be mistaken there. What I’m not mistaken about is that this is a great CD that really does a fine job of incorporating the best of metal and crunchy prog into a cohesive and powerful sound. I’d highly recommend it to Dream Theater fans, but also to anyone who likes crunchy metal or killer prog metal. This is a great disc!