VENI DOMINE - THE ALBUM OF LABOUR - RIVEL
The Album Of Labour is so named because the Swedes of Veni Domine had a difficult time leading up to the album's release. Writing had begun as early as 1997 and the recording in the year 2000 due to several factors like singer Fredrik losing his voice, the rehearsal space was unavailable and bureaucratic delays at the record company. The album has finally arrived and the question is whether it was worth the wait. The answer is generally negative.
Aside from the album's second-rate production, the songs are plodding and even occasionally awkward. Listening to a song like Eli Lema Sabachtani one gets the distinct impression that the band either did not muster the energy to perfect its songs or the years have managed to sap the band's will to perform. The band is clearly inspired by Queensrÿche, something which comes across more clearly in the execution of the vocals, but Veni Domine cannot muster a single 'eureka' moment. The songs are soft and melancholy and lack a sizable demonstration of emotion anywhere. The album of labour portends the gloom of the reich. - Ali "The Metallian"