Is it cheesy? Yup Is it catchy? Yup Is it fun? Definitely! This is Dream Evil's 5th album and over the 11 years of their existance, they definitely have perfected their brand of power metal (not that it wasn't already great when they first started). Unlike the music of some of the many bland power metal bands that have sprung up over the last few years, Dream Evil's music can be picked out and recognised for its quality. This album is no exception. Some of the stand out tracks here are:
Bang Your Head - what it says on the tin! Brilliantly catchy!
The Ballad - excellent tongue-in-cheek ballad with a humourous, good-natured jab at their ex-drummer Snowy Shaw
The Unchosen One - As any Dream Evil fan will recognise, the music and title of this song is a reference to their earlier The Chosen Ones off of their Dragonslayer album although the lyrical subject is different.
I'd recommend this album for anyone who's looking for some good old-fashioned style heavy metal fun and obviously anyone who is already a Dream Evil fan.
I must admit I had my doubts that the new Dream Evil album would live you to the excellence that has been all their previous albums, but I am tremendously happy to report that it does live up all past efforts and in my opinion it really exceeds them. The songs are catchy, fast and heavy. They have a new lead guitarist also in the line-up and it is clear as the standard of guitar wizardry has climbed up from the United album. As always Nick Night delivers massively with the best vocals on the planet I believe. If you are a fan of Dream Evil you will be very very pleased with the new album just listen to the amazon previews and you should see that it is a masterpiece. Best Tracks would have to be Frostbite and In The Fires Of The Sun.
Dream Evil have come up with a very good album in typical Dream Evil style. Nothing really new or different just a bunch of songs doing what they do best. Worth paying extra for the ltd edition version as the bonus tracks are also good.