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Dream Evil
Children of the Night
January 2004
Released: 2003, Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This band turned up side down on the whole metal community with there stunning album “DRAGONSLAYER” that came 2002 and the follow up “EVILIZED” that came in 2003. In wait of the next album they have released this MCD at the end of last year. Album no. 3 is due to be released before the summer this year.

There are 4 songs on this MCD and it also includes a video for the computer, so the song “CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT” are featured twice both as a song and as a video. Personally I think that Dream Evil’s power/heavy metal sounds frighteningly good. Especially not the biggest Swedish band in the genre now, Hammerfall, they are nothing compared to Dream Evil. Dream Evil has the potential to go really, really far. I don’t think any further introduction to the band is necessary so instead we go directly to the songs. “CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT” starts off this MCD, its heavy power metal and the singer Niklas has a divine voice and a broad vocal range. The song has a really sing a long friendly chorus and the guitars are brilliantly handed by Fredrik and Gus. After that follows two songs from the Japan press of the both albums. “DRAGONHEART” is a bonus track from the first album and it sounds just like a song from “DRAGONSLAYER”. The song goes fast and its pure power/heavy metal just like it should sound. “BETRAYED” is the next bonus track taken from the second album. Both the second album and this song sound more heavy metal with just influences by power metal compared to the debut. On “EVILIZED it feel more like the band has found their own sound. The only new song is the unplugged version of the song “EVILIZED” and this version was recorded in the bandleader Fredrik’s own studio (just like everything else the band has done), Studio Fredman, during April 2003 in Gothenburg Sweden. This song sounds really good when they have stripped it down to only acoustic guitar and Niklas amazing voice. The “CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT” video is probably not the best video I’ve seen. It’s taken straight off a live performance from their hometown Gothenburg at Lisebergshallen when they were support to Hammerfall at the beginning of 2003.

This MCD is a good substitute in wait of the third album. Gus G has written a little bit about the songs in the booklet. This MCD is highly recommended.
Track Listing

Children of the night
Evilized (unplugged)
Children of the night (video)


Gus G – guitar
Fredrik Nordström – guitar
Peter Stålfors – bass
Snowy Shaw – drums
Niklas Isfeldt – lead vocals

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