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O3 A Trilogy, Pt2

Dominici Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INSIDE OUT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Charlie DOMINICI O3, A Trilogy - Part Two CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Dream Theater vocalist returns. 19 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Some of you might be unfamiliar with the name Dominici, but the person Charlie Dominici was best known for his work with Dream Theater, singing on the 1989 debut release, ` When dream and day Unite'. Charlie recorded one album with Dream Theater, before personal and creative differences became an issue, so he amicably departed the ranks shortly afterwards. Charlie then left the music business altogether and obtained a position as a finance manager in the automobile business. In 2005, Charlie got the musical itch after being away from the music wilderness for a lengthy period of time. After working on new material and assembling a group of like-minded musicians to share his vision, he released a solo album titled O3: A Trilogy, Part 1. This was the first album of what was to be a three-album concept piece to be released at various stages within the next few years. Since the debut release, he has now inked a deal for a worldwide release on the Inside Out Music label for his second instalment of the trilogy, O3: A Trilogy, Part 2 that was released in 2007.

This c.d. is much heavier and was recorded with a full band comprising of Charlie Dominici (vocals) Brian Maillard (guitar) Yan Maillard (drums) Riccardo Atzeni (bass) and Americo Rigoldi (keyboards) going under the moniker of Dominici. Now it is fair to say that we never really had an opportune moment to appreciate Charlie the first time around, as he only recorded one album with Dream Theater before abandoning ship. He somehow does not capture the prowess or finer moments of James LeBrie's voice, but he possesses a powerful voice nonetheless and within the realm of his band, it is well suited. His singing style is considered by some to be quite similar to that of Rush's Geddy Lee or even Mike Reno of Loverboy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Progressive Metal Album 15 Mar 2007
By B. Lowrey - Published on
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Having been a fan of the When Dream and Day Unite era of Dream Theater, when I learned vocalist Charlie Dominici was making another progressive metal album, I had to hear it.

Pros: The album does not disappoint; There are some great tracks on here, great musicianship, and an interesting story behind it all.

Cons: The band's influences can be quite apparent at times. A lot of the tracks sound like a carbon copy of Dream Theater's style. Dominici's lyrics are often a hit or miss.

A good album but not without its flaws. I am greatly interested in to see future albums that this band puts out to see if they grow with more experience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Generic Progressive Rock, but Still Good. 29 Feb 2012
By Craig Hamilton - Published on
Charlie Dominici needs little introduction. He was the vocalist for Dream Theater before James LaBrie. If you don't know who Dream Theater is, then I'm surprised that you are bothering to read this. In my opinion, this album is an attempt of Charlie Dominici to pocket a few bucks through albums because Dream Theater fans tend to be so ravenous in their support of the band. Hey! We all got to eat!
Many people not only own all the Dream Theater albums, but they also have many of the side projects too. In the same way, Kevin Moore, Dream Theater's former keyboardist was able to start a career for his contributions on Images and Words. The same of Derek Sherinian and Mike Portnoy. So, Dream Theater has had a revolving cast of members, but the band has remained to be of superior quality. I own several of Dream Theater's side project bands that are awesome, and even albums by ex-Dream Theater members are usually really good.
This album is fair. I liked it better on the first listen, and it didn't have much staying power in my player. There are lot's of chops, but there is more to music than just being complicated. It has to be complicated and sound good. As far as the song craftsmanship goes, some of the songs on this album are really good, while many of them are just slightly above average, coming across as a mere bunch of notes. It would probably be best to take the best songs of this album, and put them into a collection. It's not really album rock, unless the whole album is good. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this album has filler though.
I would recommend this album to a fan of bands like Shadow Gallery, and Stratovarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb progressive metal album 28 Mar 2008
By J. Pearson - Published on
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Murat Batmaz has already written an excellent review of the music in detail. As a Dream Theater fan since the Images & Words album, I was expecting a cheap knockoff of DT but was very pleasantly suprised that the songwriting was as good as the first 3 DT albums, maybe even a little bit better. The sound is very much in an early Dream Theater or Symphony X mode. In my opinion, this is the best Dream Theater album in 14 years, mainly because the songs are so well crafted as opposed to the long instrumental excursions the band has favored the past several albums. If you love early Dream Theater (when they were at their most melodic), you will love this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! A Great Contribution to Prog Metal 23 May 2011
By DurgaDas - Published on
I'd like to serve as a voice against those who mention DT in their reviews for this album as being too derivative of them specifically (and I read several that say so, not just on That's just off... and for several reasons. All prog metal bands are standing on the shoulders of giants, and who is to say that DT is the only band allowed to stand on those same shoulders? The shadows cast there are quite long indeed.

In any case, since losing Kevin Moore, the emotional impact of DT's albums has tanked, while their playing has gotten better if anything, but the arranging part has suffered, IMO, with a few exceptions, especially given their reputations as flag-bearers. (Yes Mike, I know you wrote a whole song for people who parse out your best efforts like I am doing now, but it IS a review) Except for Charlie himself, this band's musicians are largely unheralded to this reviewer, which makes this album even more impressive.

For the purposes of this review, I will compare Dominici favorably to DT, rather than the other way around. It disturbs me that one band has come to dominate the dialogue on prog metal these days. MANY other bands are as good or better than DT: Vanden Plas, Wolverine, Sun Caged, Lemur Voice, Atomship (my current favorite), and in this case Dominici; no matter how much similarity they might have to the most popular band in the genre.

DT is a little too "classical music" and "in the head" these days with the influence of their new virtuoso keyboard player, where virtuosity is the whole meal. With DT now, the music's a little too "on the beat" in general, whereas this awesome Dominic album I can actually feel the feelings of the character involved, and understand the story (take that, Scenes From A Memory and Octavarium, still scratching my head to follow along the story of those, even after looking it up), even grasping many of the emotions & motivations of the main character, determined to bring about the end of the world and the flawed detective determined to stop him.

This is a much better tribute to the Twin Towers tragedy than the trite "Sacrificed Sons". It seems to focus on the-personal-related-to-the-global in a way Dream Theater often misses since Kevin Moore's departure.

If there is something grating that might be said about this album, one could say the same thing about the great Queen, Pink Floyd or Styx: it's VERY theatrical, and I could easily see it played out in a play on Broadway.

Some people just don't like voiceovers to advance a story, but I can't say the same thing about my own taste. I LOVE all the detailed noises in the detective's precinct office- the coughing, footsteps, the exaggerated New York accent ("you look like hell!"), everything!

Still, the three bands I am comparing them too are among the greatest of all time, so this comparison better serves the quality of the album than comparing them to DT. Plenty of room on those shoulders, even if we don't mention Genesis, Yes, and ELP, all of whom Dominici and every prog metal outfit has to thank.

Having said all of these preconditions- this album freaking ROCKS. HUGE and original metal riffs bounce around this album in the best possible way. Arrangement and musicianship are of the highest quality, from drumming, bass and guitar.

Now, as I said, I've not heard of a single one of them, but this is even more impressive to me, and I hope they have great success in this band. Frankly, the guy singing is, if anything, the weakest link here, as Charlie's voice never was as highly ranged and emotive as, say, John Arch or Geoff Tate.

It's an absolute metal tour de force, with nice variations on many of what we've come to expect at the high-end of technical instrument ability in the prog metal world. While not as musical as say, Marcel Coenen, but then again, NO ONE- even John Petrucci- is THAT good. Marcel's in a class by himself- both SUPER musical and SUPER virtuosic.

They have their own unique and awesome voice and it's clearly serving both the story and the genre they are cast into. Well done lads!
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it, but only like it 3 Mar 2011
By Cymbal Killer - Published on
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***Amazon doesn't have a 'half' star rating, or it would have been 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Let me start with a little background: I'm a Progressive Metal Drummer. I know because it says so right on my website. Also, because I've been playing Rush and Dream Theater since the late 70's. But this guy, Yan Maillard...holy crap! I could play like him...if I had 2 years with nothing else to do but practice. And an extra arm and leg wouldn't hurt.
But hey, this is a review of the CDs, not their excellent drummer....
First, I didn't buy #1. No matter how good it is, I'm not going to spend my hard-earned cash on an all-acoustic CD. Sorry, that's just me. That said, I've been waiting for Charlie to do something ever since his Dream Theater days. Don't hate, but I've always preferred his voice to James LaBrie's. But, that's another story, too. So, when I heard about this, I was very excited. Like I said, I passed on #1, but immediately bought #2 & 3. Since 2 & 3 are parts of the same story and indistinguishable in style or tone (a good thing, btw), I can write this all together. On with the review....
Let me just say...I WANTED to love them.......but, I only like them.
If I had to express the reason in one sentence, I'd have to refer back to the scene in Amadeus where the king is critiquing his music, "There are...too many notes...." Now I, like everyone else, laughed a lot at that scene. Of course, the king was being ridiculous. How can a song have too many notes? A song has as many notes as it's supposed to have...right? Well, I used to think so........
It's brutally obvious every one of these guys, including Charlie, are masters at their craft. Arpeggios, progressions, key changes, time changes, cadence...these guys are all over it. And, as The Bard put it, "...therein lies the rub." They're all over it all the time. They never let up. It's like a constant, "Look what I can do!" They do it great, they just won't stop doing it! Every song, almost all the way through is full of...of...well, notes!
There are a lot of great hooks, but you hardly get to feel them because they don't stick around for more than 4 bars. It's actually physically exhausting to listen to music like this...and I'm as Prog Metal as anyone!
Now, in their defense, from the notes on their website, it seems that's exactly what they were going for. Well, they succeeded. The problem, for me is, it's just not necessary. The musicians are great, but they've almost ruined the music by putting all their chops into every part of every song.
As great as Yan is, I lay most of the blame at his feet. He's an outstanding drummer--a veritable virtuoso--but, if I had to put a name to it, I'd call his style here overplaying. Now, I'm really torn saying this because I've always been a fan of, "More drums!" On the other hand, I realize how important it is for songs to have some sort of foundation. I need something in the mix that I can point to and say, "There's the beat." It doesn't have to be the drums, but that's my preference. Not to say there's no beat at all; there is one, you just have to wilderness tracker to find it.
It seems rather simplistic to say I need to be able to headbang to it, but that's what it comes down to. And, don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for AC/DC-simple; something more along the lines of Rush's La Villa Strangiato or Dream Theater's Under a Glass Moon. The musicians are riffing away, but there's always a solid foundation (I agree with Mr. Stahlgren here).
Sadly, Dominici is missing that. As talented as they all are, the music just could have been arranged better. It's great Prog but, as we all know, that plays to an extremely narrow audience. Not that they need to try and get on the radio, or anything but, if they would have made it a little more accessible, it would play to a wider audience.
All that said, I can live with it. I put them on my mp3 player and it's actually growing on me. Like I said, I like it, but I don't love it. It's just sad for me because I wanted to love it.
What I liked even less were the lyrics--specifically, the rhyming of the lyrics. I love concept albums and, hearing this was one, made me even more excited to get it. The story was great and I enjoyed the characters and everything, but I hate when the writers make everything rhyme. It's just so elementary and simplistic, especially for such advanced music, that it cheapens the whole experience for me. And, oddly enough, the more technically advanced the music, the worse rhyming lyrics are for it.
Last and least, in some places, Charlie sounds uncomfortably (for me) like Geoff Tate. Now, with his voice, I can understand that and forgive it, it was just glaringly obvious in some parts.
These CDs are filled to overflowing with power, technical expertise and feeling. But, that's the problem: it's unnecessarily complicated and there's just too much of everything.
I like it...but I wanted to love it.
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