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[ Daemonia Nymphe - Psychostasia ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Le Nuit Des Fees - DVD ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Krataia Asterope ]
[ Dargaard - Rise and Fall ]
[ Dark Orange - Horizont ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - Thoughts: 9 years in the sanctuary ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - L'être las - L'envers du miroir ]
[ Dark Souls Day - X-Lives ]
[ Dawn Desiree' - Dancing, Dreaming, Longing... ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - Rag Doll Blues ]
[ Dead Can Dance - Anastasis ]
[ Decoded Feedback - disKonnekt ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Aftermath ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Combustion ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Shockwave ]
[ Deep Red - Relics of Desire ]
[ Deep Red - Chimera ]
[ Deep Red - DarkwaterS ]
[ Degrees - Dream On Dreamy ]
[ Dein Schatten - Das Ewige Eis ]
[ Deine Lakaien - On Film - A Video History (DVD) ]
[ Deine Lakaien - White Lies ]
[ Deleyaman - Fourth - Part One ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Nuclear Sun ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Silencis ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Le Paradise Funebre... ]
[ Destroid - Silent World EP ]
[ Destroid - Loudspeaker ]
[ De/Vision - Popgefahr ]
[ De/Vision - NOOB ]
[ De/Vision - Subkutan ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Ego:X ]
[ Diary of Dreams - (if) ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nekrolog 43 ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Menschfeind ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nigredo ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Panik Manifesto ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Freak Perfume ]
[ DieMazz - In Shatter'd Innocence ]
[ Dies Natalis - Tristan ]
[ Dies Natalis - Abyss ]
[ Diorama - The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits ]
[ Distorted Reality - Daydreams and Nightmares ]
[ Distorted Reality - The Fine Line Between Love And Hate ]
[ Domiana - The Sacred Heart ]
[ Dominion³ - Life Has Ended Here ]
[ Doppelganger - Dancing ]
[ Dreamchild - Lullabies For The Dead ]
[ Dreamchild - La Fee Verte ]
[ Dreamgaze - Sound Colour ]
[ Dreamself - Part 1, The End ]
[ Dreamside, The - The 13th Chapter ]
[ Dreamside, The - Pale Blue Lights & Nuda Veritas ]
[ Dreamside, The - Spin Moon Magic ]
[ Dreamside, The - Open Your Eyes ]
[ Dreamside, The - Faery Child ]
[ Droom - 10 Songs ]
[ Droom - 128 1/2 Days ]
[ Droom - Blood Culture ]
[ Droom - Stay! ]
[ Droom - While We Can ]
[ Drunk With Joy - Sound Living ]
[ Dyonisis - Intoxicated ]
[ Dyonisis - Dyonisis ]
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[ Edge Of Dawn - Whatever Gets You Through The Night ]
[ Edge Of Dawn - Enjoy The Fall ]
[ Ego Likeness - Breedless ]
[ Ego Likeness - Order of the Reptile ]
[ Ego Likeness - Water To The Dead ]
[ Ego Likeness - Dragonfly ]
[ Eisbrecher - Antikorper ]
[ Eisbrecher - Leider / Virgissmeinnicht ]
[ Eisbrecher - Eisbrecher ]
[ Elane - The Fire of Glenvore ]
[ The Empire Hideous - Body of Work ]
[ Emplosia - Emplosia ]
[ Empty - Open Aeon ]
[ Endanger - Addicted to the Masses ]
[ Engelsstaub - Nachtwa¨rts ]
[ Engelsstaub - Akashic Recordings ]
[ Estampie - Best Of Estampie (1986 - 2006) ]
[ Estampie - Signum ]
[ Eternal Fall, The - Emptiness Vol. 1 & 2 ]
[ Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud - Self-Titled ]
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[ Fair Sex, The - Thin Walls - Part II ]
[ Fair Sex, The - The Dark Ages ]
[ Faith and Disease - Passport to Kinmig ]
[ Faith and the Muse - :ankokuh butoh: ]
[ Faith and the Muse - The Burning Season ]
[ The Fallacy - Love Division ]
[ Falling You - Adore ]
[ Falling You - Faith ]
[ Falling You - Human ]
[ Falling You - Touch ]
[ Faun - Renaissance ]
[ Fayrierie - Michelia Campaka ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Detach Me From My Head ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Baby Teeth ]
[ Feindflug - Volk Und Armee... ]
[ Fektion Fekler - Into The Sun ]
[ Fiction 8 - Forever, Neverafter ]
[ Final Selection - Meridian ]
[ Final Selection - AntiHero ]
[ Flesh Field - Strain ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Scattered & Buried ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - The Foreign Resort ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Offshore ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - In The Gloaming ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - Hereafter Moth ]
[ FrightDoll - Reference Version ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Monumentum ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Artificial ]
[ Funker Vogt - Blutzoll ]
[ Funker Vogt - Aviator ]
[ Funker Vogt - Navigator ]
Fans of Dargaard, whom I have also featured on this site, will recognize the names Tharen and Elisabeth Torisor as I introduce Dominion³.  Tharen formed this group right after the debut release by Dargaard in 1998.  He wanted to explore new genres and styles of music and came up with what he calls "apocalyptic electronic music".  This turns out to be a fairly accurate brand for the music as it is a combination of Industrial, Darkwave and a touch of Ethereal.  Tharen (music, vocals) and Elisabeth (vocals) are joined also by Lanz (guitar, bass) who have all contributed greatly to this project.

After the excellent debut album The Hand and the Sword which I have enjoyed immensely and has set the stage and defined the style for this project, they have now released a new album.  The latest work by this trio is titled Life Has Ended Here which carries on with the excellent and unique style presented in their debut album.  The musical style in both of these albums is a combination of darkwave, harsh industrial and metal.  They combine this all to create a dark and emotional soundscape that captures the gloomy mood portrayed.

Fans of the first album and those who enjoy the side project Dargaard should also enjoy this group.  Be sure to listen to selections on the Gothic Paradise radio shows.


Life Has Ended Here - Review

I could have easily just left my review of The Hand and the Sword here with my opinion of it and that would be enough.  This follow-up album follows suit so well with so many different styles and moods present that we came to enjoy on their debut album.  It's great to be able to pick up a new disc from an excellent group and continue to enjoy it almost as much as the previous album.

While I certainly expected much of the same great sound, I can't really say I was disappointed, but I haven't found quite the caliber of greatness in this album that their first album had.  No tracks really jump out at me like "Immortal Reign" and "With the Strength of Aeons" did.  However, I do have some favorites and there are great songs on this disc.

The first two tracks are probably my favorites that present once again excellent material.  "A Dead Heart in a Dead World" serves as the intro and possibly best track on the album.  It packs industrial rhythms with layered synths alongside Tharen's muffled and distorted vocals.  A powerful and driving track with Elisabeth adding her beautiful voice during each chorus like a ray of light on a gloomy, cloudy day.  The title track "Life Has Ended Here" brings forth the wonderful Darkwave sound that Tharen and Elisabeth mastered so well with Dargaard.  Adding a slowly building rhythm to the layered bass and synths, the atmosphere of this track is dreamy yet very moving as it progresses.

With only 7 tracks on this album, but still filling up 43 minutes, each track is almost an epic adventure in itself.  "The Priests Of Emptiness" portrays this 8 minute long journey beginning with a darkwave, slow, sluggish journey that gives way to powerful goth metal influences.  Detracting slightly from the greatness of this album is the monotonous "Conductors of Life" which maintains a steady electronic feeling that varies only slightly in vocals and music for almost 4 minutes.  "Unreal" is almost straight gothic metal, with bits of electronics serving as intermissions from the bombastic soundscapes and growling vocals.  "Code Red" is a nice instrumental that is very melodic, yet still powerful and the instruments almost sing by themselves, disgarding the need for any vocals.

We finally come to the last track "Coming Winter" which isn't much of a finale, but still a good ending to a nice disc.  Heavily relying on the Gothic Metal sound and lasting over 9 minutes long, while having raw power, it seems to lack the real greatness that the album begins with.  Still a great disc overall and highly recommended for fans of the debut album.

Rating: 3.5/5

Website: http://www.dargaard.com/dominion3/main.htm
Label: Napalm Records

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