Dream Evil – In the Night: Review
Dream Evil is a power metal band from Sweden. They released an album entitled In the Night through Century Media on January 26. Although they’ve been in the scene for a few years now, this is the first album I’ve heard by them. My experience with power metal has not fully developed, but I feel I have a strong handle on this record.
The Music (rating: B-)
- In the Night
- Bang Your Head
- See the Light
- On the Wind
- The Ballad
- In the Fires of the Sun
- Mean Machine
- Kill, Burn, Be Evil
- The Unchosen One
As I earlier mentioned, this is the first Dream Evil album I’ve heard, so I have no experiences with the band to compare to. However, I recently reviewed Freedom Call’s Legend of the Shadowking and this album is my preference. Though the difference in quality is small, the style of the two have little in common. The Freedom Call album is much more uplifting and basic, whereas the one in question has a darker tone with more complexities. But neither album can hold their ground to the small handful of power albums I have heard (Keeper of the Seven Keys, Land of the Free, etc.).
Its shortcomings, in my opinion, are largely due to the lyrics. However, this statement is largely opinionated. Some find lyrics unimportant and irrelevant to the music. I, on the other hand, see them as a difference-maker regarding the quality of this album, though in a negative way. They are simple and memorable, but in the sense that they are etched deeply and painfully into your brain so that you are unable to free yourself of them. In particular, “The Ballad” has a cringing chorus that, in my opinion, negates any potential the melody may have had. But again, one’s opinion on this matter varies easily from the next person’s.
On a lighter note, the musicianship in this album receives my praise. The overall musical content has a touch of complexity; subtle, but evident. Accentuation and uniqueness in the beats and rhythms help the album veer away from the generic characteristics of power metal. Though it is short of spectacular, the guitar work is certainly above par; the same goes for the bass. The vocals, I feel, are the strongest instrument in this album. Although neither the execution or innovation are not outstanding, they doubtlessly exceed mediocrity.
In conclusion, I feel In the Night is a decent album. Like Freedom Call’s release, it is not a standout record. If it helps, I think this is slightly better than Legend of the Shadowking, but not quite as strong as Primal Fear’s 16:6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead). An enjoyable listen for a power metal fan, but do not expect it to stand the test of time.
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