Power of Metal.dk Review

Ancient Dome
Cosmic Gateway to Infinity
Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: 27 October, 2014
Playing time: 43:39

After a definite silence toward studio activities, the Italian quintet ANCIENT DOME crystallized with a new cosmic conception.

However musically they did not change. The thrash riffs are locked in a heavy metal arrangement from the type: couplet-chorus-couplet-chorus-solo-chorus-chorus-chorus. There is a break up in the measures into more complicated forms, lost because of the above mentioned structure. The vocals are rather monotonous with repeatable decisions. The candidate for intellectual track „Dead Zoneis with clear vocals that makes it more  mainsreem. Besides the vocals of Jerry, the only original member of the band – the guitar player Paolo Porro also sings. He makes good diphthongs with affinity to the clear singing. All these characteristic features change the type of the style of ANCIENT DOME to heavy metal.

Looking at the details we could find lots of virtues in „Cosmic Gateway To Infinity“, as good guitar decisions, non-standard solos, implemented Oriental motives and skilful use of different drum measures. The monotony singing and the repeating choruses as if from one and the same song, as well as the clichés in the structure of the songs makes from the album a boring experience. Even more that the whole works of the band carries these characteristic features. Stephen King and the cosmos do not change the situation at all, although the distance from their previous album.

I will be glad if there are fans that enjoy the stability of ANCIENT DOME, and that want to hear exactly this from the band. The combination of monotony and a rather primitive technique of recording makes from this release just a statistics, at least for me.

01. N.I.F. (New Interstellar Force)
A Sea Of Stars
Cosmic Gateway to Infinity
Colonizing Asteroids
Dead Zone
Empire of Lies
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Distribution: Punishment 18 Records
Reviewed by: Rock Thrashler
Date: 4 December, 2014
Website: www.ancientdome.com