Eric Peterson of TESTAMENT and DRAGONLORD Cites Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate as Major Guitar Solo Influences in Part Two of “The Making of Dominion” Video Series

Eric Peterson of TESTAMENT and DRAGONLORD Cites Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate as Major Guitar Solo Influences in Part Two of “The Making of Dominion” Video Series
New DRAGONLORD Album, Dominion, out September 21, 2018 via Spinefarm Records
Pre-Order Album & Merch Here | Stream/Download via Additional Retailers Here
Album artwork painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom)
Renowned Testament guitarist Eric Peterson recently announced the release of his highly-anticipated new DRAGONLORD album, entitled Dominion, out September 21, 2018 via Spinefarm Records. The symphonic black/death metal album serves as the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s Black Wings of Destiny, but takes the fantasy and storytelling to a whole new level. Dominion explores themes of darkness owning and influencing these times we now live in, and things that have come to pass. It also delves into other eras, real and otherworldly.


Digital and physical pre-orders for Dominion are live here: Physical + Merch | Digital. While online, get your first taste of Dominion now by streaming the album’s title track via lyric video here:


Today, DRAGONLORD mastermind/vocalist/guitarist/bassist Eric Peterson revealed the second episode in a series of three “The Making of Dominion” videos, this time detailing the songwriting and influences on Dominion. Unreleased audio clips of the album are also mixed in amid the video content. Watch part two here:


In this new installment, Eric Peterson says, “The [guitar solo] influences on this record are more old school, the darker stuff of Deep Purple, definitely Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate… and putting all that into what DRAGONLORD is, and using more of the hard rock guitar style… I’m more known as being more of a rhythm guitar player, but on this record I did a lot of soloing… my influences on it are more gearing towards the 60s and 70s style of guitar playing… but taking that style and forging it into black metal.”


ICYMI – watch part one here:


Dominion is a dark fantasy fan’s musical dream – exploring everything from Nordic brutality to Lord of the RingsDominion‘s eight songs create a deep and heady musical journey rife with meaning and menace, from the blackest and loudest recesses of Eric Peterson’s mind.


Dominion track listing:
1) Entrance
2) Dominion
3) Ominous Premonition
4) Lamia
5) Love of the Damned
6) Northlanders
7) The Discord of Melkor
8) Serpents of Fire


Peterson recorded Dominion at Northern California’s Trident Studios and produced it with an assist from engineer/mixer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, M.O.D.). Dominion was mastered by famed producer/engineer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. In addition to Eric Peterson, Dominion features the musical talents of Lyle Livingston (Psypheria) on orchestrated keys and pianos, Alex Bent (Trivium) on drums, and notable fantasy metal singer Leah on female vocals and choirs (who has performed/recorded with members of Blind GuardianNightwish, Delain and others).
Peterson formed DRAGONLORD in 2000 as its singer and guitarist (with keyboardist Lyle Livingston and now-ex-members Steve Di Giorgio of Testament and Jon Allen of Sadus), and notes that the growth from DRAGONLORD‘s first two records to the cinematic triumph and brutal blast-beats of Dominion has been immense. Dominion‘s stellar, complex, brutally symphonic metal is triumphant in its execution, bringing together layers of meaning and musicality into an unholy whole.




Eric Peterson is on the road with Testament this summer – catch a show at the venues below:
Testament Tour Dates (See here for individual show line-ups:


JUL 26 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
JUL 27 – Impact Festival, Bangor, ME
JUL 29 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
JUL 30 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
JUL 31 – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
AUG 01 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY
AUG 02 – The Strand Theatre, Providence, RI
AUG 03 – Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center, NY
AUG 04 – Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
AUG 06 – Budweiser Gardens, London, Canada
AUG 07 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
AUG 08 – The Rave / Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI
AUG 09 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Saint Louis, MO
AUG 10 – Cellairis Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
AUG 12 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
AUG 13 – Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR
AUG 14 – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill, Dallas, TX
AUG 15 – Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
AUG 16 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
AUG 18 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
AUG 19 – USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, UT
AUG 20 – Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
AUG 21 – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID
AUG 23 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA
AUG 26 – SAP Center At San Jose, San Jose, CA
Eric Peterson – Photo Credit: Richard Haick