Dominia – The Withering Of The Rose

Rating: 3.5/5
Released: 2020
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Band Line-up:

Anton Rosa – vocals/bass
Papa – drums
Denis Sukharev – guitar
Michael Morozkin – violin


1. I Want To Forget
2. My Flesh And The Sacred River
3. Suprema
4. The Light Of The Black Sun
5. Entombed In Grief
6. The Elephant Man
7. Nomoreus
8. The Withering Of The Roses
9. The Night And The Dark Room
10. The Song That You Don’t Like (bonus track)


Dominia are a dark gothic metal band from Russia, who are on the ‘Morning Star Heathens Music Group’ label. They will be releasing their latest album ‘The Withering Of The Rose’ on January 20th, 2020. It is a darkly romantic, sorrowful and nostalgic effort that is for fans of My Dying Bride, Lake of Tears and Moonspell. The band have built on their shared experiences over the last two decades and have created exactly what they set out to do. But is that enough?…

One of the most immediately noticeable features of this music is the drumming. It is quite out of time and really spoils things. There’s having a groove and then there’s sloppiness. That’s a shame, because there are many great things on offer, here. The strings play genuinely beautiful melodies and the more traditional and ugly heavy metal backing rocks hard. Rather than the sound being a strange combination of bits and bobs, everything moulds together to create something natural and appealing. Like sweet and sour pork. 

A little weirdly, some of the guitar playing is flashy yet melodic, too. Can you imagine skilled bands like Epica being exactly the same, but with a third-rate percussionist? Because that’s how Dominia comes across. However, the atmospheres they create are very effective. It’s not easy making the instrumentation here sound sentimental, but the band pull it off with an added sense of spookiness. Some of the music is even quite doomy. Ever heard of soft doom metal? Me neither. It’s nice to hear something a little different. 

In conclusion, this stuff is pretty good, but it could have been a lot better. Again, the choice of drummer is very strange even though all other musicians contribute all kinds of powerful emotions. Furthermore, the album on the whole is long and epic, without ever becoming boring. If you’re looking for something ‘fun’ and easy to get into, you might want to look elsewhere, because Dominia have the ambition and depth of Tool. Sure there aren’t any crazy polymeters going on because the drummer wouldn’t be able to play them, 😛 but this stuff has a very long lifespan. Recommended. Just not strongly. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann