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Dominici - 2007 O3, A Trilogy - Part 2

ARTIST: Dominici
ALBUM: O3, A Trilogy - Part 2
LABEL: Inside Out
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Charlie Dominici - vocals * Brian Maillard - guitars * Americo Rigoldi - keyboards * Erik Atzeni - bass * Yan Maillard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Monster * 02 Nowhere To Hide * 03 Captured * 04 Greed, The Evil Seed * 05 School Of Pain * 06 The Calling * 07 The Real Life * 08 The Cop * 09 A New Hope



Charlie Dominici is a name that will be familiar to many of you GDAZER's here. AOR brethren will remember him from his days with Franke And The Knockouts, of course most of us know Charlie through his involvement on that first classic Dream Theater album 'When Dream And Day Unite'. He appeared only on that one album before James LaBrie took over. Charlie left the band as apparently he didn't fit in.. too old, and he had a completely different style required for the band. Ironically some seventeen years later, Dominici returns with an even younger team of modern virtuosos and shredders from Italy to form his new band, all it appears to have been stepped in the traditions of prog metal.. Dream Theater included. For a brief background on this 'Trilogy' project.. this is 'O3 - A Trilogy Part 2. The O3 equates to Ozone. Charlie appeared in 2005 with an acoustic set entitled 'O3 - A Trilogy Part 1'. The pre-text of the Trilogy story is about a Terrorist Sleeper Agent sent to another country (which happens to be the USA), where he blends in, enjoys his surroundings, until he is activated to perform an unholy deed on the populous of the entire planet, by converting Ozone into some form of noxious gas that kills everyone. Heavy reading material at the best of the times, just imagine putting it to music! Bourne Identity anyone? lol!

The Songs
At 8 mins plus some, 'The Monster' is an instrumental that allows you to soak up the musical atmosphere on offer. Big riffs, metronomic drumming, keyboard splashes, and multiple changes in tempo. Ah, this is Prog 101! With our Protagonist the subject of discussion throughout the album, his conflict becomes apparent. The other major character in this tale is an unknown detective who unwittingly gets tied up in this mess, and he may be the guy that saves the day. I'm thinking of Bruce Willis here.. lol! Why is that? 'Nowhere To Hide' is his very own personal statement. Charlie's vocals take on a Geoff Tate like quality while the DT like instrumentation borders on copy-cat. 'Captured' is a track based on despair, it really should be renamed as 'He Won't Be Captured', as in 'you know who'.. It's a mid-paced affair with lots of drama. One of the best tracks on offer is 'Greed The Evil Seed', this tune talks about planting the Sleeper Agent. Musically though it is a tumultuous ride across the prog soundscape. Our Protagonist is really a Manchurian Candidate in disguise, abducted and trained at a young age for his horrific task.. 'School Of Pain' is conveyed into an intense session of OTT prog. His journey and task is summarised on 'The Calling' - the middle eastern flavours giving it a sense of reality. The finality of the 'ultimate solution' to eradicate mankind is relayed through 'The Real Life', provided as a soul-searing vocal from Charlie. Is this the end? Like a stormtrooper, 'The Cop' is a vivid tale of 'backs to the wall.. let's save the planet' endearment - though armed with balls of steel rather than handful of posies. The music reflects the tough stuff - as our hero acknowledges his role amid thoughts of self-doubt, personal tragedy and bad choices. The album ends with 'A New Hope' - and as Charlie mentions on his website.. we see the glimmer of hope that mankind can come together and find redemption. What remains to be seen, however, in the final chapter is what will ultimately happen

In Summary
There's something for everyone here. Fans of Symphony X, Queensryche, and obviously Dream Theater will no doubt take a passing interest in this CD. Its conceptual nature will have you comparing notes with 'Operation Mindcrime', 'Odyssey' and 'Scenes From A Memory' - that's understandable given the musical territory that Dominici is traversing. The musicianship displayed here will raise a few eyebrows, accompanied by a select comments along the lines of.. bloody hell..who are these guys?. Occasionally the sound might veer to close to the Dream Theater sound - bordering on musician worship perhaps, but hey what band in this genre hasn't done it before? Think Pagans Mind, Evergrey and a score of others.. Dominici are no different, except their connection is a lot closer. So, the question is: what will happen with the Protagonist of this story when it comes to 'O3 Trilogy - Part 3'? All will be unveiled on a future release. In the meantime, get stuck in to Parts 1 and 2.

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