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Dream Evil - 2003 Evilized


DREAM EVIL - EVILIZED (2003 CENTURY MEDIA)
Niklas Isfeld - vocals
Gus G - guitars
Fredrik Nordstrom - guitars, keyboards
Peter Stalfors - bass
Snowy Shaw - drums


Background
When I reviewed Dream Evil's debut I mentioned that they had Hammerfall sounding moments. I later read in an interview that founder Fredrik Nordstrom couldn't disagree more with the Hammerfall comparisons, and was relatively unflattering towards those who made such comparisons. I still stand by that review. Dream Evil haven't wasted any time keeping the momentum going that was created by the success of their debut. It has been less than a year since that release and the band have come up with the goods again. The Hammerfall-ism's are few and far between on 'Evilized', the songs mixing heavy melodic hard rock like fellow Scandi's Million and a traditional melodic metal sound such as Priest/Halford and Saxon.

The Songs
If you're after a heavy dose of melodic metal wizardry then you can't go past the first few numbers on 'Evilized'. On opener 'Break The Chains', the band not only do that, they run riot. Fast, heavy and very melodic. The riff to 'By My Side' is heavier but the band keep it melodic with the chorus pushing this towards metal anthem territory. The folks at Wacken would have their fists pumping to 'Fight You 'Till The End' with a pulsing riff and searing solo's. Songs like this are what metal is all about for me. There's a slow, Iron Maiden style beginning to the title track which builds into a massive chorus and Niklas's vocals sounding fantastic. 'Invisible' is a short but furious metal track with an interesting chorus. The guitars get slung low on 'Bad Dreams', more heavy rock than metal. After 6 tracks we get the first ballad, 'Forevermore'. Keyboard backed and a neat solo. The crowning jewel of this album has to be 'Children Of The Night'. Again leaning more towards melodic hard rock, and Dream Evil do a great job. Very infectious with a sing-along style chorus. Fantastic. They don't let up on 'Live A Lie', a melodic metaller in the Fifth Angel vein. 'Fear The Night' is one of the weaker tracks, but still rocks well during the chorus. I don't think the band were trying to be too serious on 'Made Of Metal', a tongue-in-cheek Manowar style song promoting metal. We finish off on a softer note with the above average power ballad 'The End'. Another cool solo.

In Summary
Dream Evil left many wanting more after their impressive debut. I pondered if the band could improve on a formidable start to their career. 'Evilized' is plenty proof that the band are not a flash-in-the-pan act, establishing Dream Evil in the upper echelons of the melodic metal fraternity.

URL: www.dreamevil.se

Track Listing:
01 Break The Chains
02 By My Side
03 Fight You 'till The End
04 Evilized
05 Invisible
06 Bad Dreams
07 Forevermore
08 Children Of The Night
09 Live A Lie
10 Fear The Night
11 Made Of Metal
12 The End

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#1 | sabace on August 03 2008 16:12:54
great lp not quite as good as debut a bit more commercial
#2 | dude24 on October 14 2015 20:43:36
'The End' is a classic tune which borrows a bit from the Scorpions-type power ballads.
 
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