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Dominator - Cloven Hoof

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Artist: Cloven Hoof / Audio CD released 2002-07-01 at Heavy Metal

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      10.06.2008 23:32
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      Cloven Hoof's second album (1988).

      Cloven Hoof were one of the more overlooked eighties heavy metal bands, and yet another to indulge in a comeback when the genre suddenly became cool again in recent years. Their 1988 album 'Dominator' is far from a classic of the genre, stilted by poor production and a tendency towards repetition, but with its catchy hooks and delightfully cheesy sci-fi subject matter, it's the perfect album to listen to if you're in the mood for eighties rock.

      The shoddy sound quality really is surprising, especially when considering this was released the same year as Iron Maiden's (admittedly higher budget) 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,' one of the most over-polished metal albums of all time, and this weakens the effect to a severe extent. Only the high singing of Russ North is clearly audible at the forefront, and while he's no replacement for David Potter, his lighter style is entirely suited to the move towards sci-fi rather than hellish themes, even if he lacks a real sound of his own.

      All of the songs are fairly similar and accessible, and more obviously influenced by bands of the early eighties, particularly Iron Maiden whose melodic guitar solo style gets a look-in with songs such as 'Reach for the Sky,' while 'Rising Up' features sections that can be traced directly to Maiden's early 'Killers' release. This isn't to say that the album's stuck in a time warp, however much that would suit the space age lyrics, as the instrumental performance often successfully predicts the upcoming boom in European power metal, it's just a shame you can't really hear it.

      1. Rising Up
      2. Nova Battlestar
      3. Reach for the Sky
      4. Warrior of the Wasteland
      5. The Invaders
      6. The Fugitive
      7. Dominator
      8. Road of Eagles

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Rising Up
    2 Nova Battlestar
    3 Reach For The Sky
    4 Warrior Of The Wasteland
    5 Invaders
    6 Fugitive
    7 Dominator
    8 Road Of Eagles