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Colorado. Best known for Coors beer, the Rocky Mountains, and John Elway. Heavy metal? Not necessarily. But Immortal Dominion is about to change all that, as they prepare to unleash a simply explosive heavy metal album, 'Primortal' (on 427 Records). Comprised of band members Ray Smith (vocals), Brian Villers (guitars/vocals), Louis Micciullo (guitars), Bryan "Ed" Schmidt (bass), and Casey Glass (drums), 'Primortal' was produced by renowned producer Sterling Winfield, who is best known for his work with such best-selling metal acts as Pantera, Hellyeah, and Mercyful Fate. And according to Villers, the timing couldn't be better for the arrival of 'Primortal.' "I think the current metal scene has come around full circle, with guitar solos and great drumming being prevalent again. And our new sound fits in with that perfectly."
Hailing from the town of Fort Collins, Immortal Dominion has issued several releases over the years, including 1996's 'Birth EP,' 1998's 'Endure,' 2006's 'Awakening: The Revelation,' as well as scoring the soundtrack for the award-winning indie film, 'Teeth,' in 2007. But it was not until hooking up with Winfield that Immortal Dominion felt that the sound fans were hearing on stage was finally captured in the studio. As Smith explains, the group learned from "Sterling's professionalism, and what it takes to be a professional musician. The new album is a step up in musicianship and production for us."
"All of us had been in a studio before," adds Schmidt, "But not surrounded by that level of professionalism. Sterling was great to work with. He had a lot of input and ideas...just listen." Or as Winfield himself points out, "I really enjoyed the studio experience with Immortal Dominion, not only for the band and what they brought to the table as far as their material, and their professional attitude, but the facility, Backbone Studios, in Loveland Colorado, is unbelievable! A killer place that was made just for the creative person in all of us. The staff is there to help you with your vision, and never said no to ANY of our crazy ideas. Don't even get me started on the gear available to us. The best!"
The result is a killer album from front to back, that is undeniably Immortal Dominion's strongest work to do date. As a result, the band members certainly have their favorite tracks. "My favorite tracks are 'Reanimated' and 'Retroactive.' 'Reanimated' for the driving tempo and groove rhythms. When listening to the song, it gets your blood pumping with its fast drum beats and great guitar riffs. 'Retroactive' is a great song to sing along with, it has a great rock groove, and an awesome chorus. There is also an awesome guitar solo with the drums building up with the solo towards the end." "I like 'U' and 'Hindsight' because they show our versatility and have a soundtrack-like quality to them," adds Micciullo. "I also like 'Retroactive' and 'Become Wise' for the solos of course! The new material is a lot more diverse and structured better than previous albums."
And things only appear to be getting better for Immortal Dominion from here on out, as the group is focused on becoming a true force to be reckoned with in the heavy metal community. Or as Villers explains, "We hope to step up to the next tier and transcend the 'local heroes' status by breaking out into the national scene." With the arrival of 'Primortal,' Immortal Dominion has certainly taken a major step towards obtaining that goal. And lastly, how does Schmidt feel that the band fits in with the current metal scene? "Somewhere between Cannibal Corpse...and Elton John!"