Released: 2006, Century Media/EMI
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Ever since the release of the band’s last album THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL band leader Fredrik Nordström has had problems with the lineup. The last member to leave the band was drummer Snowy Shaw who was replaced by Pat Power. Earlier, both lead singer Niklas Isfeldt and bass player Peter Stålfors left the band but later returned. Guitarist Gus G. took a permanent vacation and was replaced by Mark Black.
Dream Evil still deliver the same heavy/power metal, but in contrast to the previous albums UNITED is little lighter and more melodic. Both Pat Power and Mark Black fill the void left by Snowy Shaw and Gus G. in an amazing way. Pat Power is great - if you didn’t know that Shaw left the band you could believe he was still behind the drums.
The album features 12 tracks. One of the songs is a cover of “My Number One” which is a Eurovision Song Contest song sung by Elena Paparizou. It’s a fun choice for a cover song and it sounds great - much better than the original, for once. But even though the material is well-written and everything around it is good, there’s something missing. The songs don’t meet the standards set by the previous albums and I expected more from a band of this caliber. THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL felt much more solid when compared to UNITED and I don’t really know what went wrong. Don’t misunderstand me; the album is good, but not exceptionally great like the previous ones.
Killer tracks are “Fire!, Battle!, In Metal”, “United”, “Evilution”, “Let Me Out”, “Back From The Dead”, “Doomlord”, and “My Number One”.