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EscapeTheCult: All You Want

Brilliant debut from a seriously talented collective.

Forget all you hear about this being a prog supergroup.

While the musicians here have a pedigree that includes Primus, A Perfect Circle and King Diamond, that’s irrelevant. What matters is that this is a high-calibre debut album. It’s effectively Dream Theater taken into a more left-field environment, one where they can experiment with unusual audio juxtapositions. So, on a track like I’m Absolute, the melody is of paramount importance, while Where No Grown Up Grapes takes its cue from early Tool. But the real gem here is Feel The Flight, which features some stunning guitar work from Mike Wead, wherein he augments a simple, funky groove with sharp stabs of melodic lead. It works brilliantly, with Matthieu Romarin’s vocals coasting along the bottom of the rhythm. Each composition is individual and gives the impression that the band have yet to come up with a long-range identity. But when you have this breadth of talent on board, you’d expect anything to be attempted – and achieved. This will be marked down as one of 2014’s most significant debuts, and it should also be the stepping stone to what could be a hugely successful future.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.