Released: 2003, Century Media
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Dream Evil’s debut album Dragonslayer dropped like a bomb last year. It became a great success and they also did a lot of touring on Dragonslayer across the world and festival gigs. Both Dragonslayer and the new album Evilized were recorded in Studio Fredman, owned by the band leader Fredrik Nordström, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Niklas has an amazing voice and Gus G is going to be an guitar-hero, I'm sure. Snowy Shaw is incredibly fast and technical on his drums. He is a drum legend.
Dream Evil does brilliant power/heavy metal. They have a bigger variations on the songs on this album compared to the last one. I can’t say so much about the lyrics because I only have a promo-ex. But the lyrics don’t seem to involve so much dragons,demons and kings as in Dragonslayer.
Dream Evil has put 12 tracks on EVILIZED. The album begins with a fast heavy metal track called “BREAK THE CHAINS”. It’s a heavy metal track but it borders to power metal. “BY MY SIDE” is real strong power metal Sweden style. In the title track “EVILIZED” Niklas really shows that he has an amazing voice. “INVISIBLE” is a heavy and hard power metal track. Another real nice power metal track is “BAD DREAMS” there Gus G really shows that he is a genius on guitar. “FOREVERMORE” is a power ballad track that begins with just keyboard and Niklas voice before the rest of the band joins in. They’ve also used strings on this track to add some strength to the song. Gus G starts off the next track “CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT”. “LIVE A LIE” and “FEAR OF THE NIGHT” is a bit more of melodic power metal. “MADE OF METAL” on the other side is a real heavy metal track. It has an impressing guitar solo in the middle. “THE END” finishes of this brilliant album. It’s a power metal ballad and has an intro by just guitar and Niklas.
Dream Evil has done it again. Strong songs, really good musicians and an amazing singer. There's hardly any one who can beat Gus G on guitar. This is real power/heavy metal Sweden style and Dream Evil is one of the best bands in this music genre. This must be one of the best power/heavy metal albums of the year, and it’s only January!! It’s going to be really hard to beat this album, it’s a masterpiece. Dream Evil going to break down all resisters in Europe when the band starts of with support for Hammerfall that begins February.
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