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03 A TRILOGY PART 1

Dominici

 

Progressive Metal

2.65 | 37 ratings

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ScorchedFirth
2 stars (4/10)

"O3 A Trilogy Part 1" is very much the odd one out of the trilogy of albums put together by ex-Dream Theater singer Charlie Dominici. Whereas for the next two instalments he assembled a virtuoso team of Prog-Metal musicians, for this one it's just Charlie. He plays acoustic guitar, some harmonica, and sings, and not much else.

The story of the trilogy follows the plight of a terrorist and a policeman trying to stop him, leading up to the revelation of an apocalyptic weapon and the unleashing of Armageddon. The story aspect is done really well throughout the trilogy, offering us thoughtful portrayals of the characters on both sides, and the struggles they must go through, all set to an exciting and grand concept.

Maybe its the interesting lyrics that mean that despite the minimal instrumentation of "O3 A Trilogy Part 1", the album easily holds your attention for its duration. There are quite a few memorable songs, and my favourite is the surreal "The Dream", following the half symbolic, half nonsensical dreams of the terrorist protagonist.

Charlie Dominici's voice is very different to his time in Dream Theater, it's toned down and fuller to better gel with the instrumentation. You wont hear any of the high notes from "When Dream And Day Unite", and in fact I doubt he could hit them any more. His voice is confident and assured though, enough so to primarily drive the songs in the singer/songwriter manner he has chosen.

Prog Metal fans be warned - this is not the album you are looking for! Whilst I do enjoy this album a lot, there is not a single progressive or metal part to it. If you are planning to listen to the other two albums in the trilogy though, it would be a good choice not to miss out on "O3 A Trilogy Part 1", as it is a perfectly enjoyable acoustic (non-prog) album, and without it the trilogy will feel incomplete.

ScorchedFirth | 2/5 |

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