Australian death metal duo DOMINATION CAMPAIGN has today released their sophomore album, A Storm of Steel. Alongside the release, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN has also released a new music video for album track Time to Die. Time to Die sees the Tasmania based pair, comprised of Psycroptic's Jason Peppiatt and Joe Haley, focus in on the real world horror of trench warfare.
Speaking on the album release, Jason Peppiatt (vocals, bass, guitar) comments: “I’m stoked that A Storm of Steel is now out there in the world, and the whole thing can be heard in its entirety. Who knows... maybe we’ll even get around to playing some of these tracks live this year."
Speaking on Time to Die, Peppiatt adds: “Time to Die details the horrors of first World War trench raids - when armies would infiltrate their enemies’ trenches in the dead of night. It aims to depict the terror of such an experience, of hand to hand combat and fighting for your life in a very real and far from glorious way.”
Having enlisted Psycroptic bandmate Joe Haley for 2021 debut, Onward To Glory, the winning formula was retained when work began on A Storm of Steel. Jason laid down vocals, bass and guitar tracks, whilst Joe took care of drums, recording, mixing and mastering. Whilst they’ve not strayed too far from the core death metal sensibilities of their first ride out, A Storm of Steel is a more melodic affair featuring guitar harmonies (and even a guitar solo), whilst simultaneously being heavier overall.
Lyrically the album is inspired by tales of war, but unlike other bombastic war-themed albums out there, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN don’t seek to glorify battle. Instead they depict the atrocities experienced - both on a grand scale and the more personal, intimate terror of conflict. The artwork by Peppiatt continues this theme, bringing a visual element to the dirty, gritty reality of life in the trenches.
Uniting old school death metal values with modern production, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN have crafted an eight-track heavy metal odyssey that follows in the footsteps of the likes of Bolt Thrower, Sinister and Deicide. With more than two decades of experience under their belts, DOMINATION CAMPAIGN have refined the art of bringing fetid tales to life in the great tradition of death metal.