DOMINICI - O3 (A Trilogy – Part 3)

Dominici - O3 (A Trilogy – Part 3)

8 songs
56:41 minutes
***** *


Charlie Dominici is back with the final instalment of his O3 trilogy, and I am probably not the only one loudly exhaling, grateful that this monumental work is over. It all started as an unpretentious acoustic project in 2005. Two years later, labels took notice of the original Dream Theater vocalist and had him record the middle part with a band. On O3 (A Trilogy – Part 3), not that much has changed, and that’s the main problem. Backed by the instrumental section of Italian prog metal band Solid Vision, Charlie Dominici delivers again very competent prog metal that reminds at times of his previous band, although the songwriting can at no time even hint at the greatness of When Dream And Day Unite, the album that defined the genre of progressive metal single-handedly in 1989.

At least his band plays tight, no surprise, considering the fact that they recorded already two albums under their own name. Apart from that, you get decent prog metal which sounds surprisingly hard at times, with Dominici choosing to be closer to the thrash than to the power metal genre. That helps to set them apart from many insipid aspiring bands that all feel more or less the same. Apart from the sugary ballad So Help Me God, a song the album could as well have done without, there is no blackout. Unfortunately, there are also very few elevating moments, only the instrumental intro to the concluding ten minute epic Genesis sees the band somewhat daring.

The concept behind O3 is run-of-the-mill End of Days inspired paranoia that starts out rather spiritually to end in an X-Files inspired conclusion. Not really my cup of tea, but for those you like it, feel free to read the lyrics.

No more concept albums, is the motto of Dominici, and I think that’s a good start for the future. Instead of concentrating on the story flow, the band had better write more dynamic material that would allow for stand-out tracks and maybe a little experimentation. This all sounds now a little unfair, but an artist like Charlie Dominici who helped create one of the best albums of the Eighties is judged of course a little more harshly that newcomers. Still not a bad album, but you would want to expect so much more. Maybe next time!

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