NIGHTMARE - THE DOMINION GATE - NAPALM
A band that has been around for more then 25 years should know better. Instead, Nightmare has abandoned heavy metal for an album that could be described as a mix of Rhapsody and Blind Guardian gone messy. The damn thing is full of keyboards, synthesizers, opera singing and various string instruments. I especially like the male/female duet - he! With a vocalist who screams at pitches impermissible by law and an uneven production The Dominion Gate is everything a metal album should not be. Perhaps the album is the band’s effort to kick start sales or a misguided attempt at appealing to the kiddie market, although the attempt is not quite hitting the spot. In all fairness, there are several good riffs (the Iron Maiden riff on A Taste Of Armageddon, Messenger Of Faith, Secret Rules, etc.), impressive singing and synchronized soloing on the album, but these isles are surrounded by the sugary syrup of wimp rock.
How commercial is too commercial? The answer is when the degree of commercialism ends up not gaining you any sales. - Anna Tergel