EMQ’s with Dominus Dominantium
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic based Symphonic Black Metal band, Dominus Dominantium. Huge thanks to keyboardist, backing vocalist & narrator, Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae), for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Rafael Medina (Dominus Dantae). I am the Keyboard player, Backing Vocals and Narrated Voices, as well as the band leader. I began to form the band in 2016 with the same concept of Symphonic Black Metal and keeping in mind the creation of music that is very similar to the cinema, but in a kind of Black Metal way and well symphonic at the same time. Therefore, there is the result of our first album.
How did you come up with your band name?
Dominus Dominantium is the name taken from the inscription called “Rex Regum et Dominus Dominantium” and means “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. It is located on the facade, above the door of the historic palace Palazzo Vecchio, where there is a medallion with the monogram of Jesus Christ between two lions in a blue field, surmounted by a gable. The inscription was placed there in 1551 by order of Cosimo I, to replace the previous inscription, set there thirty years before.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican metal scene is solid with its ups and downs, but we have been affected by the pandemic that has weakened growth and live shows.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Dominus Dominantium presents the first studio album called “Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless”, which was released on May 25, 2020 through Distrokid for all digital platforms.
The album is composed by nine songs whose style is Symphonic Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal, which takes you on an apocalyptic journey based on the same book of the bible (apocalypse) through the narration of the events that mark the end of the world.
It is characterized by an imperial composition with minor tones and wind instruments, a dramatic lyric soprano voice that embellishes epic moments accompanied by a narrative voice walking us in the different contexts within the voice of God and Lucifer during the development of the album.
The album was created thematically to be listened to from Act 1 to Act 9 to experience with each song how the end of time begins until that breath of peace and God’s victory on earth.
The Album was produced within the studio of the virtuoso Dominican guitarist Joel Solano.
“Chained-The Epiphany Øv The Soulless” (Complete Album Visualiser)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Our influences include Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Old Man’s Child, Crimson Moonlight, Antestor etc.
What first got you into music?
I started listening to Heavy Metal in 1992-93, at the age of 12. I was listening to Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, among others. Some friends from school, who were already 14, were rockers and I always wanted to be like them. We became friends and I asked them what are the black t-shirts that they used hahahaha. They told me that I was not ready for metal and I said that I wanted to belong to the guild.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
I would not have any problem with collaborating, as long as it is in the same musical line as us or us with them, we are open.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Some time ago, a fan wrote to us telling that our music helped her to reflect and that she felt peace and tranquillity. She also told that the message in the lyrics helped her a lot. I think this is the best gift received from a fan.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
That they continue to support good music, and their local bands. We, bands, need all the support of metalheads to continue. We need that they share the music with others, so we can reach more people and more places in the world.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Andre Matos (Angra /Shaman/Viper).
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love making music and I love music. It is difficult to hate something that is born from within your feelings. It is the best gift that God has given to us. Without music, life would have no meaning.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Well, that they are a little more opened to emerging bands. Also, give the chance to be able to prove that, if there is a lot of quality in countries like ours.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“The Fourth Dimension” by Hypocrisy.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Peter Tagtgren, Ishan, Nicolas Baker, Hansi Kürsch and Shagrath
What’s next for the band?
We are currently in the preparation of our 2nd album; we already have the concept and some songs. Despite this pandemic, we have a good rhythm, trying to take on the challenge and overcome what was our first album.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Hahahahahaha. I think the name says Cake, so I guess it is a cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks to you for this wonderful interview. You are the maximum. To all whom follow your page, a big hug and to continue supporting good music and emerging bands.
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