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SPIRITUAL WASTELAND

Veni Domine

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3.42 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dawn of Time (5:29)
2. Last Letter from Earth (8:51)
3. If I Fall Asleep (6:18)
4. Hysterical History (5:44)
5. Riddle of Eternity (5:43)
6. The Temple (7:54)
7. Someone's Knocking (5:09)
8. Silent Lamb (5:01)
9. 1st of Ten (7:52)
10. The Letter (3:13)

Total Time: 61:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Fredrik Ohlsson / lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Torbjörn Weinesjö / lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Thomas Weinesjö / drums, backing vocals
- Gabriel Ingemarson / keyboards, backing vocals
- Mattias Cederlund / keyboards, backing vocals
Additional musicians:
- Kjell Bjurling / cello
- Camilla Weinesjö, Maria Christiansson, Carina Weinesjö, Pernilla Lidbrandt, Susanna Weinesjö, Jens Forsberg, Andreas Cristiansson, Mikael Hjelmåker / choir
- Monte Reid, Sam Reid / additional voices

Releases information

CD Thunderload Records 1998

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VENI DOMINE Spiritual Wasteland ratings distribution


3.42
(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
0%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
33%
Good, but non-essential (58%)
58%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)
8%

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Review by semismart
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Honest to God, Veni Domine's lead singer,Fredrik Ohlsson sounds more like Queensryche's Geoff Tate than Geoff Tate does. I don't know if he looks like Geoff Tate but vocally he could put a good Elvis impersonator to shame.

Once you get past the uncanny, what do they sound like? You tell me! They play Progressive Metal not unlike Dream Theater, Threshold or Mastermind so they're in a little less of a commercial vein but dammit, with Ohlsson sounding so much like Tate they sound like a less commercial, more progressive Queensryche.

Well folks, it has been established, Swedens Veni Domine sound an awful lot like a more progressive Queensryche and fans who have been disappointed with their recent releases might want to check out Ohlsson and company.

Spiritual Wasteland

Spiritual Wasteland is Veni Domine's third release and was released in 1998. Previous releases are, Fall Babylon, Fall, 1991 and Material Sanctuary, 1994. It has been five years since their last release but there is a fourth completed album awaiting release. I get the feeling there is some controversy about it.

I began to suspect that Veni Domine is a Christian band. I based this upon it's name which is the title for a Christian song by Mendelssohn and the titles and subject matter of the songs. However, after listening to track 10 which is not a song but the reading of a mythical letter in the future describing the coming of the Anti-Christ and subsequent Armageddon, which I suspect is the subject of the next album, my suspicions were confirmed. This reading is accompanied by a piano and is actually very well done.

Conclusion

The strength of this album is the vocals. The production and musicianship is good but it was limited by the material, which is average. Overall I rate this album a high three or a low four. If this is not much of an enticement to buy the album, remember the other reviewers were more effusive and I wouldn't rate Queensryche's albums for the last ten years this high.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Spiritual Wasteland" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish doom metal act Veni Domine. The album was released by Thunderload Records/Massacre Records in 1998. It´s the successor to "Material Sanctuary" from 1994 and there have been a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Bassist Magnus Thorman has been replaced by Gabriel Ingemarson and keyboard player Mattias Cederlund has been added to the lineup (the keyboards on the predecessor were played by session musician Mats Lidbrandt).

The lineup changes have little impact on the band´s sound though and the material on "Spiritual Wasteland" sound very similar in style to the material on "Material Sanctuary (1994)". Epic doom metal with US power metal and progressive metal leanings is the style of music featured on "Spiritual Wasteland". One of the greatest assets of the band´s sound is lead vocalist Fredrik Ohlsson who is a world class singer. He has a voice and delivery which is almost eerily close to the voice and vocal style of Geoff Tate (Queensr˙che) and it´s therefore impossible not to mention Queensr˙che as a major influence on the band´s music. The instrumental part of the material on "Spiritual Wasteland" is much heavier and more gloomy than anything Queensr˙che ever produced though, so there you have the doom metal label on the band´s music. In that respect artists (and fellow countrymen) like Candlemass and Memento Mori are more valid references.

The tempo is slow- to mid-paced, the atmosphere is epic and the riffs and rhythms are heavy. The keyboards are used for atmosphere enchancement and only occasionally have a more dominant role. It´s all about supporting those brilliant vocals and the vocal melodies though, and it is hard to talk about much else on the album, when Ohlsson shines as much as he does here, singing both lead, harmoni, and choir vocals with great power and conviction. The lyrics feature Christian subject matter, but they are not preachy in nature, and they are actually very well written and quite interesting.

"Spiritual Wasteland" features a decent sounding production, although there are certainly elements I would have made different production choices for. The drums for example feature a massive and heavy sound, and to my ears a more subtle and organic tone would have made a positive difference to that part of the soundscape. The album is also slightly too long for its own good, featuring 10 tracks and a total playing time of 61:14 minutes. The tracks simply aren´t memorable enough to support such a long playing time, and they could easily have cut 15-20 minutes and made the album a more conscise and consistently high quality release. As it is "Spiritual Wasteland" is still a quality release though, and the above issues aren´t the worst critique points in the world. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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