Dominion is the eleventh studio album by Heavy/Power metal band HammerFall, released on 16 August 2019.
These Swedes found a perfect way to come back with a more classic heavy metal that despite leaving power metal a bit aside, every fan of will love it.
In fact, a few years ago in one of my polls, the band told me that they considered themselves more Heavy Metal, than a power metal band. With this album they confirmed it.
‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ presents the style of what the album will be. With the most powerful sound, great guitar solos and that, indeed, for the voice of Joacim Cans the years do not pass.
‘Dominion’ and ‘Testify’ are clear works of classic Heavy Metal. They sound great, but in my view, they lack a bit of innovation. But I love Dominion's video and chorus of Testify sounds incredible.
‘(We Make) Sweden Rock’, is a song where the voice of Joacim Cans looks great and is sure to be a perfect song for live shows. The interaction with the public will be great with this song.
‘Second To One’, a great ballad. It is not the best they have recorded, but I like it.
Then we move on to a fast song, ‘Scars Of A Generation’. This could be the most power metal song on the album.
‘Dead By Dawn’ is another song that, live, should cause headbanging and singing. This is probably my favorite song on the album. Love the chorus!
Of the 4 missing songs ‘Chain Of Command’ and ‘And Yet I Smile’ are the ones I think are worth mentioning. Both like them more every time you hear them. The first has an impeccable execution in the voice and the second with a very nice lyric. Perfect to close the album.
In conclusion it is a great album, far from the best of the band. But clearly you will not be disappointed. It has several high points and it is an entertaining album and that in the live show they will surely benefit a lot.
Best Songs: ‘Dead By Dawn’, ‘Scars Of A Generation’, ‘(We Make) Sweden Rock’ & ‘And Yet I Smile’