Former Dream Theater guitarist Charlie Dominici returned to the music scene in 2005 with an independent acoustic album showcasing his talents. He was last heard on the 1989 Dream Theater album When dream And Day Unite, although his career goes all the way back to the '70s. As Dominici he borrowed the entire line-up of Italy’s Solid Vision (minus singer Samuele Pintus) to record music and beginning with Part 2 sign with InsideOut Music. Dominici was allotted the opening slot for three Dream Theater shows in Europe in 2007.
DOMINICI - 03 A TRILOGY - PART 2 - INSIDEOUT
Dominici is the band of former Dream Theater singer Charlie Dominici who now with his second solo album has actually a solid line-up behind him. As opposed to the last album of his (Part 1) he focuses on his singing, which is nigh on perfect. Years have indeed been kind to this middle-aged man who must be 50 now. Moreover, they have not clouded the judgement of a singer who could have easily continued in the same mode as his last album or simply been content with a number of backing musicians. The verdict is clear. The addition of Solid Vision members who are now permanent has been a great move because Part 2 is everything one would expect from a (good) progressive metal album. Yes, some parts still trace their origins back to Dream Theater, but Dominici intends to stand on its own two feet.
To prove the band is greater than the individual parts and there are hardly any egos involved the first track is an instrumental called The Monster. It begins slowly and builds into a segment that reminds one of Rush’s Natural Science. Nowhere To Hide is full of both organs and guitars and Dominici tries different things with his voice. Captured is superb and a reminder of thematic nature of the album. The story sparkles here before Greed, The Evil Seed begins with a guitar sound very like Zakk Wylde’s. The vocals are progressive all the way though. School Of Pain though starts with a strum like Metallica’s Welcome Home. The concept is again obvious, while the music is adaptable. The band - it’s clear - can play. The Real Life is slower but the album is up-tempo again soon with The Cop.
This album and the trilogy are becoming essential progressive metal, which is good to hear. With a good sound and the requisite impressive artwork, fans have no reason to hesitate. Even the Dream Theater guys approve. - Anna Tergel