Some people seem to have problems with this debut of Canadian band DOMENICA : the metal heads and hardrockers call it too soft and poppy, the pop-people say too hard rockin´. That's what several reviews are about.
The album starts powerful and rich and reminds of the British rock of Die So Fluid. The second track mixes some post-punk into the action. Over all - melodic, strong and distinctive - the great voice of singer Bekki Friesen shows a lot of talent and versatility. Even the music doesn't sound that unique and rather like something which already and formerly shook the speakers, this voice adds an own character. The schemes of compositions don't win the price to be unusual or exceptional. Several influences from Grunge to Metal amalgamate with romantic pop sequences. Musicians like Marcos Curiel from P.O.D., guitarist Stevie Salas (Mick Jagger, Buddy Miles) and some more enlarged the sound. Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) mastered the album, and Bekkis spouse, Grammy-nominated and multi Juno winning engineer and producer Brendan Friesen, was responsible for the production. So, there developed a teamwork which enlarged the spectrum of the band itself and tried to satisfy the mood for hard rock as well as the taste of listeners, who prefer more pop climate. Yes, entertainment plays a main role.
The result sounds absolutely professional and owns different ideas which in parts kick radio-suitable mainstream. Generally it meets an audience, who like to listen to strong, melodic, a little punky and grungy rock. But a bite more of courage and ideas to get experimental risk inside wouldn't have been bad to leave the paths of known sounds. Nevertheless songs like "Vampires" are awesome, because they integrate a complexity of different structures; an example for the intensity the band is able to create. "Sailaway" is a rich, almost pompous ballade which concludes a strong debut. The next step could be to develop more the own nature and to work at the individual sound. The cosmos of Domenica needs to break through the own limitations, to leave the cosy centre of known structures and to stand out of the mediocrity with more than a remarkable voice.
2. What Goes Around (feat Marcus Curiel)
3. Above Me
4. I Love My Gun
5. No Matter What You Say (feat Marcus Curiel)
6. Lady Like Me
7. The Long Road
10. Free (feat Marcus Curiel)
12. Porno State of Mind
13. Sailaway (feat Stevie Salas)