Release Date: 21 September 2018
Format: LP Vinyl
|DRAGONLORD Dominion Limited Gatefold Vinyl LP
As aural the gates to Dominion creak open on “Entrance,” you’re helplessly possessed by Dragonlord’s beautiful grasp of darkness, as Dominion’s eight songs create a deep and heady musical journey rife with meaning and menace, from the blackest—and loudest--recesses of singer/guitarist/bassist Eric Peterson’s mind.
If Dragonlord’s long-awaited third album explores themes of “darkness owning and influencing these times we now live in, and things that have come to pass,” it also delves into other eras, real and imagined. “The Northlanders” is about brutal 11th century Northmen, while “The Discord of Melkor” will thrill LOTR fans with an untold tale-- “my take on Tolkien’s “Silmarillion,” the first age of the “Lord of the Rings” saga genesis,” says Peterson. Then there’s the surprise of the slower, Black Sabbath-influenced duet with “my amazing Celtic vocalist friend and collaborator Leah,” Peterson explains about “Love of the Damned,” an abstract piece that still explores a love story-- with the devil, of course. “Almost like a switch-up story of if Beatrice from “Dante’s Inferno” did fall for the Prince of Darkness!”
Peterson formed Dragonlord in 2000 as its singer and guitarist (with keyboardist Lyle Livingston and now-ex-members Steve DiGiorgio of Testament and Jon Allen of Sadus), and notes that the growth from Dragonlord’s first two records to the cinematic triumph and brutal blast-beats of Dominion has been immense. “It’s still a dark mystical fantasy place to go, but we feel liberated and beholden only to our own expectations of musical and listening enjoyment.” If the road to Dominion was long, it’s only because Peterson strives for perfection—plus, he tours and records constantly with legendary Bay Area thrashers Testament, the band he formed in 1983—and he remains its only constant member.
Recorded at Trident Studios near Peterson’s Northern California home, Dominion took about four years to complete, between Testament tours and albums. Peterson produced it, with an assist from engineer/mixer Juan Urteaga. Dominion will more than satisfy the legions greedy for Dragonlord’s beautifully pulverizing metal. Within the highly detail-driven but heavy-as-hell band, Peterson has total dominion. In Dragonlord, “I don’t have to answer to anyone; it’s all part of my rock ‘n roll fantasy,” Peterson laughs. “I can also write about topics that are more escapism from the real world; it’s my Middle Earth!” And he’s inviting everyone along for the ride.
3. Ominous Premonition
5. Love Of The Damned
7. The Discord Of Melkor
8. Serpents Of Fire