Domain - Crack In The Wall (Semaphore/Flametrader) 1991
1. "Five Way Switch"
Domain are a metal band from Dortmund, Germany. The band's members have been playing in successful underground metal bands in Germany since the early 1980's. Ex-Epitaph members Bernie Kolbe (vocals) and Cliff Jackson (guitar) founded Kingdom in 1985. After signing to Semaphone Records in 1988, their debut album “Lost In The City” was released. To omit confusion with the band Kingdom Come, the band monicker Kingdom was changed into Domain a year later (1989) and the debut album was re-released. I actually have a problem with the "power metal" label often put on this band. I think this band's approach, at least on "Crack the Wall" is that of melodic, traditional heavy metal. Domain have more in common with early Sinner than they do with other German bands like Grave Digger, Accept or Rage. Their approach seems to be a bit more commercial, complete with layered vocals, melodic lead breaks, 1980's sounding keys and plenty of power chords. The music is melodic and somewhat simplistic, yet not boring in the least. Rather, the simple, catchy song writing is what I like about this band. (Thanks Olaf.)