Written by: Robert Latham
Rock history suggests taking decent music and throwing a hot girl into the mix means instant mass album sales (see Paramore and Evanescence for example). But Winnipeg-based Domenica are not just all about the stunningly good-looking lead singer/guitarist Bekki Friesen, they actually make great metal music.
The Luxury is a hard-hitting, head banging rock album, laden with heavy distorted guitar riffs supporting Friesen’s engagingly charismatic vocals.
The album opens up with the relatively laid back “Music,” which lulls the listener into a false sense of security as the band launches into overdrive of energetic hard rock with the energetic “What Goes Around.”
One of the outstanding tracks on the album is “Above Me,” a lively rock tune with Friesen’s hugely listenable vocals, particularl the repeated lyrics “It’s just another bright and beautiful day,” droning through the verses before launching into an energy-fuelled chorus then a typical heavy rock solo.
Closely following this is the interestingly titled “I Love My Gun” which draws you in with a fast and frantic high pitched guitar solo, before descending into palm-muted chords underneath Friesen’s vocals, then launching into one of the band’s trademark bouncing choruses before moving back into the rocky solo riff.
The tempo drops a little with the comparatively soft and melodic “No Matter What You Say,” with Friesen’s impressive vocals again standing out.
But the band’s trademark rock sound returns with “Lady Like Me,” a track that shows off Friesen’s feisty side as is shown in the lyrics “I’m going fishing… I’m out looking… I’m on the prowl, gonna find me a man.”
Another stand-out track on the album is the energetic, heavy guitar riff-filled “Vampires,” again showing off Domenica’s ability to write a great rock chorus.
In stark contrast to the rest of the album is the acoustic “Free,” with rolling acoustic guitar chords supporting Friesen’s more relaxed vocals.
But if you thought this meant a dull, boring end to the album then you’re far from the truth as the band launches into the again interestingly titled “Porno State of Mind,” edging towards the band’s darker, more risque side.
On the whole The Luxury is certainly an enjoyable listen and will be a hit with rock, heavy metal and girl rock lovers alike but the general feeling is their tracks are geared towards their live performances than album sales. Nevertheless, Friesen’s recognizable vocals are a huge hit and the band’s energy and driving guitar riffs make them a band to be taken seriously on the rock scene.
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