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Dionysus - 2006 Fairytales And Reality

ARTIST: Dionysus
ALBUM: Fairytales And Reality
LABEL: AFM Records
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Olaf Hayer - vocals * Johnny Ohlin - guitars * Nobby Noberg - bass * Kaspar Dahlqvist - keyboards * Ronny Milianowicz - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Illusion Of Life * 02 The Orb * 03 Blinded * 04 The World * 05 Spirit * 06 Queen Of Madness * 07 The Game * 08 True At Heart * 09 Tides Will Turn * 10 Dreamchaser * 11 The End * 12 Time Will Tell (Bonus) * 13 Bringer Of Salvation (Demo Bonus)



This Swedish outfit Dionysus have appeared regularly throughout the digital pages of GLORY-DAZE. They reappear in 2006 with their latest 'Fairytales And Reality'. I was mightily impressed with their last effort 'Anima Mundi' and with two years behind them and solidity under their belts, this new one is a grower. It's melodic metal with lots of Yngwie Malmsteen and Pink Cream 69 reference points, chuck in some speed elements in there too a la Rhapsody. When listening to this, I found the production from Jens Bogren to be top-notch. Whether it's the ambient acoustic moments or the full-on bluster of the electric attack, Dionysus sound like a million bucks. The stars of the show are Hayer, who's Bruce Dickinson come Joey Tempest flavoured voice combines well with axe slinger Johnny Ohlin. This guy really can play! If Ronnie Le Tekro eve decided to leave TNT then here is his logical replacement. Let's not forget the others, particularly band founder Ronny Milianowicz who's metronomic mastery could be equated to a PHD level!

The Songs
If European bands have a certain type of sound that typifies them, then Dionysus put it up for show. I guess this is the neo-classical style that Malmsteen bought to the masses during the eighties. A track like 'The Orb' characterizes this in the space of 5 minutes. Opener 'Illusion Of Life' has strains of Iron Maiden through the verses, plus the Dickinson-like vocals from Hayer reinforces this view. Mostly though it is typical Dionysus with their myriad of influences on display. The ebb and flow of 'Blinded' is highlighted by a strong chorus, whereas the urgency of 'The World' is like a milder version of Germans Rage. 'Spirit' is the bands power-ballad, embellished by a great chorus, while hard rockers will enjoy the straight-forward pairing of 'Queen Of Madness' and 'The Game'. Dahlkvist's keyboards shine through on 'Dreamchaser', the uptempo arrangement is mostly good and it smacks of the eighties.

In Summary
The Dionysus team have found a recipe that suits them real well. They haven't deviated too far away from the ingredient list which has made their three albums very popular among the metal heads. Though they are not giving us anything that is ground-breaking, admittedly with a tweaks here and there, the band get better over time. If there is one thing I would've liked to have heard, and that is more depth in the arrangements, perhaps more keyboards and/or acoustic guitars. Olaf Hayer is about to join forces with Belgian six-stringer Dushan Petrossi for the next Magic Kingdom album, so you'll see him on that one very shortly. With Dionysus however, it is good consistent stuff all the way.

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