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   MEMORIZED DREAMS
Theater Of Life
2004
Sound Riot Records
http://www.memorized-dreams.tk


rating: 3/5

1. Welcome To The Theater
2. Cardinal Sin
3. Haloes And Wings
4. Gates Of Heaven
5. Sea Of Oblivion
6. Neverland
7. Revelating Paradise
8. Light Above All
9. Crimson Dream

The Norwegian power metal band Memorized Dreams exist since 1999, founded by guitar player Kee Jason. After a couple of changes in name and style, they recorded their first demo "Mirror Of Life" in 2002. With that demo tape the band got a record deal for three full length albums at Sound Riot Records. After a strange intro, the band starts quite powerful with "Cardinal Sin", at first a mid tempo song, developing to a faster song in the chorus, but nevertheless, the band sounds like the "usual" power metal bands. This point is changing in song 2, "Haloes And Wings", which sounds more raw and the song simply rocks more than the first one. On song 4, "Gates Of Heaven", Olaf Hayer (Luca Turilli, Dionysus) is doing the lead vocals. The song is a speedy one, and a good one too, although the song before was a touch better, especially when it comes to the "rawness". "Sea Of Oblivion" is a ballad with female choirs and piano sound. A nice ballad, kind of cheesy, music and lyrics, but nevertheless pretty. "Neverland" starts off with very heavy guitar riffing, the song conveys a dark atmosphere, but in the chorus that style changes to simple speed metal with great vocals and additional female vocals, again by Nina Leirvik (who appeared on songs 4 and 5 before). This very chorus sounds a bit strange because the guitar sound is somehow ... well, unusual. The end of that song is very abrupt, and "Revelating Paradise" begins: another pure speed metal song with a good singalong chorus and again a bit moe raw sound. "Light Above All" is some kind of band hymn, "we're Meorized Dreams, the star is guiding our lights above all". In that song, the singing is very variable. During the verses, singer Terje Harøy somehow sounds a bit too raw, but in the chorus, he is doing a good job. The album closes with the "Crimson Dream", a song with great variety. It starts off with whisper-like singing, then a strong effected guitar plays a short lead and an acoustic guitar is accomplishing Terje's singing. After a short period of time the song gets heavier, Terje is again doing a good job in singing - this song also ends quite abruptly.

All in all, the "Theater Of Life" is a good CD with an interesting (that does not mean bad) sound and production. But unfortunately, the band doesn't have developped their own sound and style yet, especially singer Terje Harøy sometimes sounds too motivated, maybe a bit too powerful and unconcentrated.
submitted by Paddy 01.05.2004

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