Dominici: "O3 A Trilogy - Part 2"
Added: (Sun Jan 14 2007)
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Dominici: "O3 A Trilogy - Part 2"
With a gripping album that unites metal and progressive rock, former Dream Theater lead vocalist Charlie Dominici makes an impressive return to the spotlight. His new album ‘O3 A Trilogy - Part 2’ enthrals listeners with diverse musical elements and an ambitious concept.
Time and time again, Charlie Dominici has surprised his fans throughout his long and successful career. Yet the American vocalist has never attempted to imitate himself or other musicians. Everything Dominici works on sounds original, fresh and authentic. ‘I didn’t feel I had to model myself on other contemporary singers’, he explains regarding the nine new complex compositions from his latest work ‘O3 A Trilogy - Part 2’. ‘I wanted to sing my songs how they had to be sung. Sometimes it sounds like Judas Priest or Metallica, sometimes more like Dream Theater or Queen. But most often it just sounds like us’.
With ‘us’, Dominici refers to his new band consisting of musicians Brian Maillard (guitar), Yan Maillard (drums), Americo Rigoldi (keyboards) and Erik Atzeni (bass). Incidentally, Dominici is not just the name of the vocalist but it has become the name of the band itself. It’s easy to find the influences mentioned above in such pieces as ‘Captured’, ‘School Of Pain’ or ‘The Real Life’. However, Dominici goes on to explain, ‘’O3 A Trilogy - Part 2’ is certainly not some kind of imitation of other successful concepts by other artists. It’s 100 percent innovative and unmistakable, with the majority of tracks being composed and performed to the highest standards throughout’.
‘Every single song of the album is very important to me’, says Dominici. ‘This record tells a story. The song ‘Nowhere to Hide’ introduces one of the main characters from the album and his background. It talks about his unacceptable behaviour, being an offensive alcoholic. Similarly ‘Greed, the Evil Seed’ explains why there are so many enormous problems in the world. By contrast the concluding song ‘A New Hope’ deals with something positive, a glimmer of hope for the world. This closing track, with its surprising end, sets the tone for the third part of my trilogy.’ For a better understanding, Part 1 of the ‘O3 Trilogy’ was released in July 2005 on Dmominici Records, Part 2 comes out in February 2007 on the "Inside Out Music" Label and Part 3 is in the planning stages.
Dominici succinctly describes the stylistic mixture of ‘O3 A Trilogy - Part 2’ as being ‘melodic progressive metal’ and he is utterly determined to bring his music back to the stage. With a new band together, he has a group of musicians who are able to present their demanding music in a live setting without compromise. After a long hiatus, Dominici’s goal is unmistakable, ‘If I have my way we’ll tour the whole world!’
Despite enjoying a successful career as a singer songwriter in the Sixties and Seventies, Charlie Dominici is known by many fans from his time with Dream Theater, with whom he recorded their debut album ‘When Dream and Day Unite’ in 1989. Dominici saw the successful transition of a young band called Majesty who became an international success. Having left the band in 1989, his artistic achievements within Dream Theater are undisputed to this day. Dominici received accolades from the fans when he reunited with his former band mates for the 15th anniversary of ‘When Dream and Day Unite’ in 2004. Now with ‘O3 A Trilogy - Part 2’ he stands proudly alongside his contemporaries in today’s metal scene.