2006's United is the fourth full-length release from Swedish power metal warriors Dream Evil. If you're not familiar with the band, Dream Evil was formed by noted producer (and guitarist) Fredrik Nordstrom and plays straightforward melodic power metal with a traditional metal lyrical approach. Think Dragonforce with a little less speed, or a less earnest Hammerfall. Either way you're going to get a bunch of catchy metal anthems about being metal, fighting for metal, standing together (for metal) and so forth. Cheesy, but all in good fun, and the music does rock.
Anyway, back to United. There's really nothing here you couldn't have found on the previous three Dream Evil albums, and that's perfectly OK. The band does this kind of power metal quite well, and how can you complain about monster anthems like "Fire! Battle! In Metal!," "Evilution" and "Back From the Dead?" You get great headbanging riffs, killer melodies, powerful vocals and a pristine production, which is what you expect from this metal crew. Former members Gus G. and Snowy Shaw even drop by for guest appearances.
They may not be breaking any new ground, but if you're into this band that's probably not reason for complaint. United is another killer release from a band that reminds us all not to take this stuff so seriously all the time. Turn it up and prepare for battle!
Edition Notes: Early versions of United come with a bonus disc featuring an additional five studio songs.