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Dream Evil
June 2002
Released: 2002, Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Well-renowned producer Fredrik Nordstorm (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, HammerFall, Spiritual Beggars, etc.) has finally stepped out from behind the board to reveal his own band – Dream Evil. Fredrik handles guitar and keyboards for the band. HammerFall fans may recognize Dream Evil’s vocalist Niklas Istfeldt from his work as the back-up vocalist for their first two albums. Also related to HammerFall is bassist Peter Stalfors, who helped pen one song for HammerFall’s first (and best to date) album. The other member of the band, who every self-respecting metalhead should know, is the talented drummer Snowy Shaw. The only person who is a relative unknown is lead guitarist Gus G. (Mystic Prophecy, Firewind).

It should come as no surprise that Dream Evil play classic heavy metal. Their band name alone should be a big enough hint since it comes from one of Ronnie James Dio’s best albums! Some power metal moments emerge on DRAGONSLAYER, but overall I’d call this just good ol' heavy metal. Clean and strong vocals, heavy riffing, great lead guitars, superb drumming, etc. is what is expected from this type of band and Dream Evil deliver!

The songs “Chasing The Dragon” and “In Flames You Burn” are the two openers and they immediately caught my attention with their strong riffs and upbeat tempos. On the track “The Prophecy” is where the HammerFall comparisons have merit. This double kicking power metal track sounds like it could have been on GLORY TO THE BRAVE. Perhaps that is why it’s about my favorite track on the album. “The Chosen Ones” has some great “chant/choir” like backing vocals. It is also one of the songs which has the Gothenburg Philharmonic string section backing the band. For those not into orchestration in metal, don’t be alarmed. . .the orchestration is not overpowering at all. “Losing You” is the album’s ballad. I’m not a fan of very many ballads, so I am not really qualified to say much about this track besides that basically I would rather skip to the next track than listen to it. It has great vocals and all, but it’s just not my cup of tea. There are three tracks on here that unashamedly mention heavy metal in revered terms. First it’s “The Seventh Day” (on the seventh day heavy metal was born!). Then it’s the glorious anthem “Heavy Metal In The Night” (thunder, lightening, fighting, heavy metal in the night!”) which bleeds of pure, classic, fist-pumping, head-banging heavy metal!!! Lastly it’s the 80’s metal groove-metal track “H.M.J.” or “Heavy Metal Jesus.” Each of these have their place in the storyline of this album. . .if you pick up the CD and read the lyrics/liner notes you’ll have a better understanding of what this is about. On the surface some might think this is cheesy--well, not to me as a fan of metal since the '80's.

If you live for classic heavy metal and you also like some power metal then I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t immediately love this album. After only a few spins several of the songs left an impression on me.


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Dream Evil
June 2002
Released: 2002, Century Media
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Deam Evil plays very high quality melodic heavy metal. It is very near power metal, and they have some strong sing-along choruses. The production on their latest, DragonSlayer, is brilliant and very heavy.

Fredrik Nordström is the producer and owner of studio Fredman. Dream Evil is his project. Fredrik has produced, among others, Hammerfall, In Flames,Dimmu Borgir and Spiritual Beggers.

Dream Evil consists of:

Fredrik Nordström guitar,keyboard

Gus G guitar

Niklas Isfeldt leadvocals

Peter Stålfors bass

Snowy Shaw drums

All eleven songs on the debut are brilliant. The debut is recorded in Fredrik’s studio. Everyone in the band has taken part of in production.

The lyrics are about dragons, and evil. My favorite songs on the album are ”Chasing The Dragon”, ”In Flames You Burn” and ”Save Us.” ”The Chosen Ones” is an up-tempo ballad where the band is playing with The Gothenburg symphony orchestra.”Heavy Metal in the Night” is really melodic heavy metal and has a chorus that will get the audience burning. Live, this song could slay fans.

In the booklet there is a story about the record: ”The Dragon Slayer story”. Gus G/Fredrik are very skillful on both solo and lead. Niklas on vocals has a wide register. The drummer (or shall I say the legend?) Snowy Shaw is still going strong.

”Dragon Slayer” is a must for those who like melodic heavy metal/power metal. Hell--nobody could resist this debut album.

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