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Dragonslayer [CD]

Dream Evil Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Sweden's DREAM EVIL are not only the band feat. acclaimed Studio Fredman producer Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Hammerfall, etc.) on guitars, but also one of the most inspired and entertaining melodic Metal groups of our times. After 4 much lauded studio album releases (“DragonSlayer” - 2002, “Evilized” - 2003, “The Book Of Heavy ... Read more in Amazon's Dream Evil Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000AAVF2M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chasing the Dragon
2. In Flames You Burn
3. Save Us
4. Kingdom Of The Damned
5. The Prophecy
6. The Chosen Ones
7. Losing You
8. The 7th Day
9. Heavy Metal In The Night
10. H.M.J.
11. Hail to the King
12. Outro

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoutely amazing 18 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As the title says, no other words to describe this album, amazing power metal, chasing the dragon is one helluva album opener and HMJ is a nice rocky but still metal song imo, if you like pwoer metal do yourself a favour and get this album :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars My No1 from Dream Evil....Dragonslayer 7 Aug 2012
By Edguy
Format:Audio CD
This album gets into my top Metal albums, with every track getting 5 stars.
It's Dream Evils 1st album from the Swedish based band.
Great clear Lyrics and Guitars.
From the first track of Chasing the Dragon to the last Hail to the King.
It's a themed album with Dragonslayer giving away the story.

Only one Dream Evil track on the Evilised album can beat any of the tracks
on Dragonslayer and that is a track called The End.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good solid power metal album 2 Jan 2011
By ColinD
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A nice album, but not so nice that I play it very often.

Nothing that's very special, but nothing that's wrong with it either.

Good guitar work and well produced. The songs are okay but they just don't stick in your mind.

If would have given it 3.5 stars if allowed as it is a nice listen.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Melodic Heavy Metal 15 July 2002
By L. Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This cd is i a must have, i went out an bought it on impulse cause i had the money only hearing one song on the cd "Prophecy" which is one of best songs on the cd, but i hate to compare them, cause to me all the songs were great with the exception of the one ballad #7 "Losing you", i was rock'en along to the cd when all of the sudden this came on i listened to it all the way thru the first time but have past over it every other time, why does nearly every band have to throw that one slow song in, it's so so but disrupts the entire flow of the cd which until u get to that song is in your face and afterwards it still very heavy. I would recommend this Cd to anyone that is into bands like iced earth, arch enemy, primal fear, an so forth. Even with that one slow songe this cd still packs one [heck of a] a punch and is still deserving of 5 stars. I tried letting some friends listen to it but unfortunatly they have been buried in a deluge of american corporate hip hop,rock/rap [stuff] for to long an i fear my friends taste in great music is no more and that the more corporate garbage from mtv they listen to the more brain cells they will lose only to leave me with cabbages for friends it's ashame, It's there loss this CD is awesome i havn't stopped listening to it since i bought it a week ago, listen to it, love it, and play it loud.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Searing, epic melodic metal!!! 25 Jun 2003
By Eriban - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With "Dragonslayer", Swedish metal band Dream Evil shows headbangers around the world that the Swedes are the best at melodic metal. With a sound that will be loved by fans of groups like "Hammerfall", "Gamma Ray", and perhaps "Iron Maiden" and "Dio". Like Hammerfall, Dream Evil combine killer melodic guitar riffs and hooks with soaring vocals and fantasy lyrics. But in some ways, Dream Evil surpasses even Hammerfall in its execution of this style. The opening track, "Dragonslayer" is to date one of the most searing, melodic, and exciting metal tracks of all time. Other favorites include the touching, yet powerfully heavy ballad "Losing You" and the epic "The Chosen Ones", both of which utilize, to wonderful effect, the string section of an orchestra... the latter going even further with its deep and powerful male backing vocals... almost opera-like. The songs vary from fast, pounding tracks like "Burn in Flames" to midtempo rockers, like "Heavy Metal in the Night". There's something for every metal fanatic on this CD. Finally, I know that the members of Dream Evil are disappointed with the view that the U.S. press takes with bands that put out this type of material. Some ignorant, misguided souls might think this type of music is "old" or "cheesy". All I can say is that metal is coming back hard... so either join us or burn in flames!!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something soars through the sky, it's the DRAGONFLY! 24 Mar 2004
By Axel Law - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dream Evil is a band comprised of Fredrik Nordstrom (Keyboards/Guitars, formerly of Hammerfall and In Flames), Niklas Isfeldt (Vocals), Gus G. (Guitars), Peter Stalfors (Bass), and Snowy Shaw (Drums, formerly of Mercyful Fate), and yes, you guessed it, it is a power metal band. Power Metal is gigantically huge over in Europe, much like "nu-metal" is in the States (however, I would rather tolerate power metal to the point of sickness as opposed to nu-metal, which isn't even METAL). To tell you the truth, I don't know a whole lot about this band, but I will say that power metal can get cheesy and annoying at times. However, this band attracted me in a couple of ways:
1) I'm a fantasy freak, and the whole album is actually a concept album about a knight who must save his king and kingdom from a fierce dragon. Dragons rule.
2) The band name, you guessed it, came from a Ronnie James Dio album, and Ronnie James Dio rules.
3) The album has some killer cover art.
So with that, I was intrigued, and off I was on a musical adventure in which case I wished I was a knight fighting in the Crusades or something. But enough nostalgia aside. Let's get on with the music.
1. CHASING THE DRAGON (A)
An awesome introduction, and one of the catchiest rockers I have ever heard in a while. Excellent guitar solos as well.
2. IN FLAMES YOU BURN (A-)
The song fools you in the beginning because it's an acoustic opening... but it BURSTS into a speedy number with some excellent vocals. The chorus is infectious. Ironic, given Nordstrom was in a band entitled "In Flames" originally.
3. SAVE US (B-)
Opens with a drum piece, continues on with some crunchy riffage. Has a catchy style like IN FLAMES YOU BURN, but far more positive sounding. Pretty good, although not as great as the previous two. However, it does sport a pretty awesome guitar solo.
4. KINGDOM OF THE DAMNED (B+)
Sounds like Hammerfall's HEARTS ON FIRE, although not quite so powerful. This one's pretty good still, and the chorus will stick in your head.
5. THE PROPHECY (A+)
AWESOME opening with guitar interplays. Some of the speediest guitarwork on the album is presented here. My second favorite on here not only because of that, but Niklas's vocals are at his best here. The chorus makes me have raging fists.
6. THE CHOSEN ONES (A-)
Excellent track that starts off with a melodic guitar piece, followed by some lowkey vocals by Niklas. Some keyboard elements are AWESOME in this particular song, and it builds up into a nice chorus. The rest of the song retains that same power.
7. LOSING YOU (B+)
A ballad that has a nice piano piece accompanying it. A guitar part is later on but doesn't detract away from the song. Very beautifully written, even if it takes three or so listens for it grow on you. For some reason it reminds me of Foreigner's slower music.
8. THE 7TH DAY (C+)
A galloping hard rocker with some infectious lyrics. Very crunchy in its guitarmanship and it's a good headbanger, but the chorus seems a bit heavyhanded, at least to me. All in all not a bad song but not nearly as good as the one's preceding it.
9. HEAVY METAL IS THE NIGHT (A-)
A cool song that reminds one of the old days of heavy metal. The guitarwork here reminded me of Dokken and Ratt, but seemed heavier than anything they've done. Niklas tries singing in a deeper Halford style of singing (minus the screeching) and it comes off surprisingly well. A pretty good anthem rocker.
10. H.M.J. (A-)
The three initials stand for HEAVY METAL JESUS. I kid you not, that's what the song's about: the knight being blessed by the Son of Man to kill the dragon for kingdom come. It's cheesy, corny, but it still rocks. It's not athiest by any means, and the song reminds me of the old days of AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd (imagine if they ever were metal bands). This can turn you off depending on your point of view, but it's actually one of the best songs on the CD.
11. HAIL TO THE KING (A++)
The "technical" closer of the album actually ranks as my personal favorite from the album. Very heavy, gallopy, and nice musicianship all around. The chorus is the most infectious on the CD. All in all, very good and a great way to end the album... well, sort of. Read on.
12. OUTRO
All this is is an orchestra preparing or something... it sounds like it's just at the end of a symphony. I might see what the band is going with here, but it would've worked better had they shifted Track 11 DIRECTLY into here (as if the whole album was a symphony and it just ended), but it's just "there," and it only lasts 15 whole seconds. This doesn't need to be here. I'm not counting it against the album, but...........................F
Overall, you might find this to be a pretty decent album. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be a cohesive concept album. Some power metal can be overbearing and cheesy, but this one is not. Check it out if you're a metal fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Metal Revival 4 Mar 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are many people out there that are calling DREAM EVIL the next big hit in the Power Metal scene. I don't know about all that... I'm not even sure I would even call them Power Metal at all. Perhaps True Metal or just good ol' Heavy Metal! One thing is for sure though... these guys are pretty damned good. "Chasing the Dragon" is a killer track and probably the most Power Metal song on the album, "In Flames You Burn" is an excellent Metal anthem, "Kingdom of the Damned", "The Prophecy" and "The Chosen Ones" are all good as well. "Heavy Metal in the Night" is one of the best... straight outta the 80s with a JUDAS PRIEST feel. "Hail to the King" is also a highlight. The singer is good and reminds me a lot of Anders Zackrisson from NOCTURNAL RITES' first 2 CDs. I heard that the follow-up "Evilized" is even better for these guys... if that's true then I can't wait to check it out!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful surprise! 30 Jan 2003
By Pablosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was really impressed when I first listened to this album. Dream Evil is the prject of Fredrik Nordstrom, most known as a great producer, and Snowy Shaw, of Mercyful Fate. I knew Fredrik's work as aproducer (which means the album has a superb sound and production; sounds like Sinergy's latest album), but I was totally unfamiliar with his music skills. Lucky me I'm familiar with them now! This album is excellent. Some influences can be recognized, like Iron Maiden. It combines different styles. Melodic metal, power metal, epic metal, etc. The album has great choruses, solos, and clean vocals "a la Europe". You have different tempos; fast songs and ballads. If you want a ballad, you'll find the sweetest melodies and choruses. If you prefer a fast song with blazin' guitars and powerful drums, you have "The Prophecy", to please your senses. But the band never loses their touch of quality. It seems that every element fits perfectly, nothing more, nothnig less. Some song titles may sound clichés, and Dream Evil's music may sound like something that has been already done, but what makes this band different from the rest is their simplicity and originality, and how the guys managed to combine all the ingredients of the recipe. The album shares lots of feelings and emotions, but never deppression. "DragonSlayer" will lift your spirit up!. I liked this album that much that I was compelled to write this review. For any metal fan; give this album a try; I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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