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Dream Evil
United
October 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Dream Evil has gone through some inner turmoil since their last release with members leaving and some members leaving and then re-joining. It was a strange time and many thought the band might not even make it through. The end result is that lead guitarist Gus G and drummer Snowy Shaw are no longer in the band. Despite any lingering worries of what this turmoil might of done, to the average Dream Evil fan it will sound as if nothing really changed. New guitarist Markus Black is a great lead guitar player and fills the large hole that could have been left in the band by the absence of such a fine shredder as Gus G. The same is sort of true with new drummer Pat Power. Maybe he’s not as charismatic and we’ll all miss the awesome metal-humor of Snowy, but for what is required on drums, Pat delivers. However, Snowy was a song-writer in Dream Evil and I’ve read he had a lot of material written for this album that he took with him when he left….too bad. Soap opera discussions aside, let’s just get to what matters, the new recorded output, the aptly titled UNITED.



UNITED opens with “Fire! Battle! In Metal!” and right away it’s the Dream Evil we’ve come to know and love. The cheese is intact and delivered in such a way that actually works. Even the silly rhymes of higher/fire show up in the first song and then later in the album there is even a song title “Higher On Fire”….wow. They have to watch it with that one! The real stand out for this album is vocalist Niklas Isfeldt. He is just awesome and should be recognized more for his vocal prowess and ability to nail melodies flawlessly and so effortlessly. At least for the studio it’s effortless without any hints of strain. Every song on here is a winner. There is only one song that sticks out with a different style and that is the album closer, “My Number One”. The drum sound and riffing on this one is not at all traditional metal or power metal. It’s more of a mix of some form of industrial / techno-metal with the Dream Evil stamp on it. It’s ok as one track and is briefly interesting…but lets be thankful that it rears it’s freakish head on just the one track.



UNITED might not be as godlike as THE BOOK OF HEAVY METAL (2004), but it is up their in terms of quality with their other studio releases. If you’ve been a fan of Dream Evil all along, this one will keep you happy…and if you are not a fan of Dream Evil, you’re not much of a fan of traditional heavy metal.
Track Listing

1. Fire! Battle! In Metal!
2. United
3. Blind Evil
4. Evilution
5. Let Me Out
6. Higher On Fire
7. Kingdom At War
8. Love Is Blind
9. Falling
10. Back From The Dead
11. Doomlord
12. My Number One

Lineup

Niklas Isfeldt - Vocals
Markus Black - Guitars
Fredrik Nordström - Guitars and Keyboards
Peter Stålfors - Bass
Pat Power - Drums


Next review: » Dream Evil - United
Dream Evil
United
December 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen

The Swedish trad metal combo Dream Evil is basically guided by the producer wizard Fredrik Nordström who is known for inputs to albums of several metal bands. Even though the band is starred by this well-known producer, other guys involved in the ranks create Dream Evil. Before evil dreamers entered the studio Fredlstorm, the line-up underwent a few changes as the long time guitar player Gus G and drummer Snowy Shaw pulled out in pursuit of band careers of their own. Of course new replacements were recruited to fill the empty shoes. Hmm...being a little bit ironic Dream Evil ain’t that Swedish of an all star metal band hah.



Despite those line-up changes, the band has been able to keep the superior quality and create one hell of powerhouse full of fire, battle, and above all metal! The 12-track album stands for pure traditional metal influenced by typical heavy metal big names like Dio, Scorpions, Accept and so on which several metalheads around the globe have tried to adopt to the music of their own. The fist with the chains on the front cover already testifies the pure united metalic attitude and feeling. The united feeling can be felt when the output is kicked off by simply, but utter dynamic “Fire ! Battle ! In Metal” and then continued by the album title track “United”.



The Swedish trad metal five piece definitely relies on the power of the old school metal cliches by having catchy songs with chorus and melodic riffs making every listener raise their fist into the air and bang heads. Plenty of songs feature the obvious heavy metal cliches. However, UNITED is an excellent slab of true and above all modern power heavy metal.



Of course the album doesn’t present the narrow minded trad metal attitude as these Swedes still have some sense of humor left. The metalized version of the song of the Greek winner of the Eurovision song contest is a piece of hilarious evidence of the Dream Evil guys having a fresh and tongue-in-cheek grip in their metallic message. Frankly “My Number 1” sounds pretty well carried out and fun featuring the former Dream Evil members.



UNITED without any doubts please several trad metal fans for sure, offering a real pleasant listening experience of the traditional power heavy metal.
Track Listing

1. Fire! Battle! In Metal!
2. United
3. Blind Evil
4. Evilution
5. Let Me Out
6. Higher On Fire
7. Kingdom At War
8. Love Is Blind
9. Falling
10. Back From The Dead
11. Doomlord
12. My Number One

Lineup

Niklas Isfeldt - vocals Fredrik Nordström -guitars/keyboards
Markus Fristedt - guitars
Peter Stalfors - bass
Patrik Jerksten - drums


Next review: » Dream Evil - United
Dream Evil
United
October 2006
Released: 2006, Century Media/EMI
Rating: 2.5/5
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”.



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Track Listing

Fire!, Battle!, In Metal!
United
Blind Evil
Let Me Out
Higher On Fire
Kingdom At War
Love Is Blind
Falling
Back From The Dead
Doomlord
My Number One

Lineup

Niklas Isfeldt – lead vocals
Fredrik Nordström – guitar
Mark Black – guitar
Peter Stålfors – bass
Pat Power – drums






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