Released: 2006, AFM Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Dionysus began their career in 1999 and released their debut, SIGN OF TRUTH, shortly thereafter. SIGN OF TRUTH was followed by ANIMA MUNDI. The band is led by mastermind and drummer Ronny Milianowicz.
By both the bandname and cover artwork of the album you can pretty much tell what kind of music these guys play - melodic power metal. The music has all the content an album of this caliber ought to have; really catchy choruses, main focus on lead vocals and keyboards, and Olaf Hayer, the lead singer who screams at the top of his lungs when he sings the higher notes.
The musicians are really talented, but the band has nothing that really stands out and screams, “Hey, this is Dionysus!” This makes the band just like a million others out there. FAIRYTALES AND REALITY are great to have as background music when you do the dishes and clean, but I don’t know if I’m capable of any intense listening.
Maybe you’ll like this if you liked the previous albums, but it’s not an album you should buy if you’re not interested in Dionysus in the first place. Ronny Milianowicz says “This album is so good that you will throw away all your other CDs; you only need to have this one.” Well, I choose not to make a comment on that and let the rating speak for itself.