Domine Deus

Kevin Henrickson (git, voc), Tom Ferry (bs), Alex Minnerly (session drummer)

format: MLP Side A:
  1. Teenage Situation
  2. Domine Deus
  3. Amen
  4. Go To Hell

Side B:

  1. Things Look Different At Night
  2. The Note
  3. Sukiyaki
year: 1983
country: USA
label: R.D.A. Records / Greenworld Distribution
#: 501
insert: no
edition: ?
rarity: 6/10


Here's a rather nice piece of obscure & original nwoUShm: the shamefully ignored THE PLADS from Alaska! There might be a reason for this ignorance, but I'll get to that later. First you need to know about some of their great songs: "Teenage Situation" is just a killer, heavy but sophisticated Hard Rock song with plenty of NWOBHM vibes and the kind of chorus that will stick in our mind for days after first listening. Actually, the same goes for the title track which follows, but this song in constructed in a much more epic manner and employs some really neat choirs, haunting spoken parts and other mystical & eerie trickery. Truly one of my top-fave trax of the era and area. "Amen" starts off in a rather convetional, melancholic rock-style not too far away from classic THIN LIZZY, but when the 1-time-only chorus finally comes and the "aaaaahhmeen"-chanting starts you kind of 'get it' and it's another great song to their credit, as is the complex and more metallic "Go To Hell". Clearly this is not the studded-leather-and-fist-held-high kind of US Metal that was starting to develop on the American mainland, but rather a more "European" kind of A.O.M. The B-site doesn't start off quite as exciting as side A, although "Things..." is quite OK "Wavey", melodic Hard Rock. "The Note" is the 1st song which admittingly sound more Hardrockish New Wave than the other way round. Still not a band song, but one senses how THE PLADS' Metal-cred is slowly going down the drain...
...and hits rock-bottom when the finále of "Sukiyaki" hits your eardrums. Here's when one starts to wonder exactly what THE PLADS were up do? What did they really intend with their music? Did they even consider themselves a HM- or Hard Rock band, or were they just a sligthly heavier-than-average New Wave rock band with a fetish for lyrical themes of the occult and teen angst? (well, how many NWOBHM-bands doesn't fit into that description, really...). It's hard to say. Kyu Sakamoto's old music-hall number sets and irritating, childish and inconsistent ending to an otherwise very nice piece of vinyl. Maybe their management were scared of the untrendy "Metal" label and wanted a smoother and more mellow edge to their final product, maybe they just had bad taste. I guess it's better not to know. Fans of moody NWOBHM-bands like DEMON or WITCHFYNDE at their strangest, or original horror/occult/"dark-wave" acts like THE BLOOD (2nd), DEEP SWITCH or JESTERS OF DESTINY should wait no further to seek this album out. Others, well... it's an aquired taste.

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