Released: 2005, Arise Records
I haven’t been much of a fan of metal bands with female singers (which I suppose is odd seeing as I’m female), but finally there is a band with one such singer that has finally gained my interest. The Spanish power metal band Dreamaker has come out with their second album, and it’s 12 songs of impressive heaviness.
In “I Live My Own Life,” I hear Manticora all over, with a hint of Arch Enemy and Angra. The singer doesn’t use the typical soft vocal we’re used to hearing from females; she’s rough, powerful, and confident, which is a must for such heavy guitars driving the music. They don’t make her gender the forefront like most bands do, and it’s definitely effective in a more appropriate way than getting the male listeners drooling.
The dual guitars dominate every song, heard most notably on “Living in Fear,” and my favorite, “Innocent Blood.” It’s the first appearance of male death vocals, which interchange with the female, so the song goes back and forth from something like Eternal Tears of Sorrow and Angra. Heavy and fast with cool keyboard undertones make this song rise above the rest.
They do know how to slow it down a bit, too. On “Face to Face,” the vocals take more of a step towards the front - that is until they slip in a shredding guitar riff in the middle as if they just can’t help themselves - but the rest does have that mellow Lacuna Coil feel.
Dreamaker has a need for speed, that’s for sure. “Perfect Soul” is so fast, it’s almost insane. At least they throw in some cool keyboards in between the madness to break it up. Aside from that song, they know how to control themselves and turn out some excellent, well-structured songs. It’s easy to hear that they’ve had a variety of influences which they’ve combined into something all their own. Power metal fans, don’t pass this up.