ALBUM REVIEW: Domination Campaign – Onward To Glory

Release Date: July 9th 2021
Label: Prosthetic Records
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Domination Campaign originally started a solo project for Psycroptic vocalist, Jason Peppiatt. Now expanded and joined by fellow Psycroptic bandmate Joe Haley on drums, they now present their debut full-length, ‘Onward To Glory’.

Reigning down in a tyrannical storm, ‘Death Before Dishonour’ cohesively collides classic and modern metal that doesn’t need all the bells and whistles of synths. It’s a straight hard hitting and to-the-point beginning to the record.

Interchanging between rampant death metal and drudging sludge, ‘As Daylight Breaks’ keeps the intensity high with Peppiatt‘s blistering roars and what appears to be an unknown guest vocalist joining the foray to deliver vile screams.

The militaristic focus is maintained through ‘A Modern Age Of War’ and ‘The Snipers Gaze’, but there’s little variation of tone aside from speeding up or slowing down for the odd breather.

Flitting between black metal and metalcore, ‘Terror From Above’ does provide a few nice surprises as it chaotically mangles the two together in an accomplished and polished piece. It’s definitely a high point in proceedings.

Delivering a final gut punch, ‘The Domination Campaign’ features blasting kick pedals and splashing cymbals from Haley who injects every line with rolling toms yet dials it back to let the vocals shine where appropriate.

There’s a significant wow factor missing on ‘Onward To Glory’ that you can’t quite put your finger on. The arrangement and execution is top notch, it’s just there isn’t that glimmer of light or euphoric uplift to really push it to the next level.