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   DREAM EVIL
Evilized
2003
Century Media
http://www.dreamevil.mu


rating: 4/5

1. Break The Chains
2. By My Side
3. Fight You 'Till The End
4. Evilized
5. Invisible
6. Bad Dreams
7. Forevermore
8. Children Of The Night
9. Live A Lie
10. Fear The Night
11. Made Of Metal
12. The End

Dream Evil is the Swedish band formed by Fredrik Nordström (who is better known as a producer) that released their debut album "Dragonslayer" last year. So this is their second album and the music has remained pretty much the same. That would mean catchy, melodic power metal with some 80s heavy metal influences.

The song material is solid overall, the songs are catchy enough and provided with some nice riffs. The production is, as one might expect, top notch again as it was recorded at Studio Fredman by Nordström himself, but the final result as a whole is still missing something. Personally I don't even know if they aimed for that, but Dream Evil haven't exactly managed to renew their musical outcome, even if the song material is a little more varied than on the debut. Eventhough the song material is in some aspect similar to the debut, with this album they've taken one step closer to the peak of power metal league. Still, the songs are more or less predictable while they do still offer quite a nice package of entertainment. Niklas Isfeldt's voice is again simply pure pleasure to listen to and the level of Nordström's and Gus G's guitar playing is very good.

Like on their debut, there's once again one song that possesses an amazing amount of hit potential and a damn catchy chorus. On the debut it was "Chasing The Dragons" and this time it is the title track "Evilized". Don't get me wrong here, the other songs are quite good and somewhat memorable as well, but this one simply rises above the others. One other that also stands out is the ballad "Forevermore" with its beautiful string arrangements. Some of the songs seem like adaptations straight from the 80s. On the lyrical side it seems that the dragons have been cast aside which some may consider fortunate, some may not. All in all, Dream Evil aren't just another addition to the already crowded genre. They do sound enjoyable even if it may be nothing exactly new that they're offering. Happy, uplifting melodic power metal. Highly recommended to the fans of the genre.

submitted by Aleksi 01.04.2003

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