Release date: July 31st 2006
Label: Locomotive Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)

Neo-classical Metal

Rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: June 29th 2006

Guitarist extraordinary #1 from France Stephan Forté is back with album number three simply called "Dominate". Forté & co. continues down the path they explored on their first two albums "Sanctus Ignis" and "Underworld" - neo-classical metal with strong progressive metal influences.

"Dominate" is the most mature and diverse album to date from Adagio, with the death/black metal ingredients introduced in small portions on "Underworld" given more room on this album.The songs are more powerful and a bit darker and they are less symphonic than before. This is much more of a band effort, but don't worry there is still plenty of room for Stephan to shine.

New guy on vocals - Brazilian Gus Monsanto - is doing a very good job filling the spot for now departed David Readman. Just listen to his performance on the albums ballad "Kissing the Crow" or his interpretation of "Fame" - which ends up being a very cool cover version of a not very obvious choice to make a remake of, but they pull it off in style.

The six remaining songs are all kept in the proven style of their previous albums spiced up with a few surprises, and will surely please all fans of theirs as well as fans of progressive and neo-classical metal.