With extreme metal being one of the more ‘theatrical sounding’ types of rock music out there, it’s a bit puzzling why more of these types of bands don’t pop up in movie soundtracks. But perhaps the tide is changing, as evidenced by the presence of Immortal Dominion throughout the movie, ‘Teeth.’ After the band’s distributor, Fist Music/Hapi Skratch Entertainment, hooked them up with the filmmakers, Immortal Dominion was asked to contribute a total of five songs to the soundtrack.
The film won a juror’s award for best actress at the Sundance Film Festival, and was then purchased by Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company. The film is due for release nationwide in February ’08 via Roadside Attractions, and is already drawing attention to Immortal Dominion, on the strength of the instantly memorable song, “Sold My Soul.”
Formed in 1992 in Fort Collins, Colorado, Immortal Dominion is comprised of members Ray Smith (guitars/lead vocals), Brian Villers (guitars/vocals), Bryan (Edward) Schmidt (bass), and Ben Huntwork (drums/vocals). The group has issued two full-lengths (‘Endure’ and ‘Awakening – The Revelation’) and an EP (‘Birth’), and are hard at work on a new studio album, set to be released later this year. Additionally, Immortal Dominion are in talks with music video director Frank Nasso (who has previously worked with Mudvayne, Hatebreed, All That Remains for the ‘Saw III’ soundtrack) about working on some clips for the songs that appear in ‘Teeth.’ With all these simultaneous projects, 2008 is quickly shaping up to be the year that Immortal Dominion break through to the metal masses, while ‘Awakening – the Revelation’ is also still contributing to the buzz.
“This album is a soundtrack to one of the darkest periods we have ever been through as a band,” recalls Villers, “Yet as we stayed tight with each other, and found new ways to collaborate in the songwriting process, we experienced an ‘Awakening’ as far as who we are as a band. We hope the listener feels the wide range of emotions we were experiencing as we compiled this material."
Tracklisting for ‘Awakening – the Revelation’:
2. Will to Survive
3. Eat Your Flesh
4. Sold my Soul
6. Something to Change
7. Fear Free
8. Not Good
10. Christian Witchcraft
13. Shallows in the Vatican Darkness
14. The Other Side of Pain
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Immortal Dominion (aka, I.D.) is a powerhouse of heavy, driving metal. Comprised of members Ray Smith (guitars/lead vocals), Brian Villers (guitars/vocals), Bryan (Edward) Schmidt (bass), and Ben Huntwork (drums/vocals), the Fort Collins, CO-based group has an appeal that crosses metal genres and audiences.
Metal Maniacs has called them “a futuristically-influenced breed of modern commercial metal comparable to what Pantera, Prong and Slipknot all did in their day…I see them as a band that could be f***ing huge if marketed right,” while Westword Magazine credited the band for creating “some of the most brutal and unflinching metal Colorado has ever seen.”
I.D.’s most recent CD, “Awakening – the Revelation”, was released in July of 2005, and follows the album “Endure” and the EP “Birth.” “Awakening” has been released through Alliance Entertainment via partnership with Hapiskratch Entertainment for world-wide distribution, while downloads of the album are available via iTunes.com, rhapsody.com, napster.com or by visiting www.mileghighmusicstore.com to order the CD.
After the band’s distributor, Fist Music/Hapi Skratch Entertainment, hooked them up with the filmmakers, Immortal Dominion was asked to contribute a total of five songs to the soundtrack for the independent horror/comedy “Teeth.” The film won a juror’s award for best actress at the Sundance Film Festival, and was then purchased by Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company. The film is due for release nationwide in February ’08 via Roadside Attractions. Also forthcoming in ’08 is Immortal Dominion’s third studio full-length overall, “Empower.”
Often amazing new listeners with their unique and catchy rhythms, I.D. have successfully reinvented the local Colorado metal scene, paving the way for many bands to follow in their path. And the group is also beginning to spread the word throughout the United States, as evidenced by performances in California, Wyoming, Utah, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas – opening for such renowned acts as Macabre, Fear Factory, Vader, Cephalic Carnage, Adema, Darkest Hour, Trust Co., Neurosis, Malevolent Creation, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Today is the Day, Living Sacrifice, and Napalm Death. The pieces are already in place, and with I.D. undoubtedly set to be introduced to a new legion of fans via “Teeth” and “Empower,” it appears to be only a matter of time until metalheads worldwide are familiar with the group’s theatrical yet heavy sound.