DOMINANCE is an eclectic bunch of guys playig metal that appeals to me. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name Dominance comes from our vision of music. We perceive our music as a wall where the listener must clash, and at the same time, share and reflect the text, the mood and the intensity of our songs.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-We of the band have our tastes, and musical “heroes”. I love old death / thrash metal, but also punk, classical music and Frank Zappa. Gabriel, the guitarist, the Death and Behmoth, while our singer “Max Marri” has a passion for the Pantera.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Slow or fast on a compositional level are functional to the piece. We want to give moments of “color” to the piece, not only as speed but also of atmosphere. We want a product as varied as possible, so as not to bore the listener.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-The label is fundamental for us because in the end the album must be sold to reach the widest possible audience. The positive side of the web is that many bands, which were previously unknown, to be heard worldwide, but this method is rapidly leading to market saturation.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-As in the previous answer, every new technology brings advantages and disadvantages: in the past the CD was a physical object, a fetish of the band, and there was inevitably more emotion. But one thing that the network can never supplant are the concerts, live there are no intermediaries: you and the public .. no tricks is possible there.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-The cover should summarize the contents of the disc in an image. Our cover of XX: The Rising Vengeance reflects the music, the lyrics and the concept of the album.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-We have been part of the Italian metal scene for more than two decades and I must say that it is richer and more varied than in the past, there are many valid bands that could have enormous potential.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-In the end you have to present your music, so in the medium it has a relative importance. As mentioned earlier: in a saturated market, where bands are really numerous, it is harder to capture the listener’s attention, and to do this you must have your own “trademark” and be original but credible at the same time .

What lies in the future?
-We are working on the next record that will be released no earlier than 2019, plus we have concerts scheduled in Italy at the moment. We are in a phase of full activity. I invite readers to follow our Facebook page:

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