Dream Evil

Picture of Dream Evil


Dream Evil - Dragonslayer ©2002 Century Media
1. Chasing The Dragon
2. In Flames You Burn
3. Save Us
4. Kingdom Of The Damned
5. The Prophecy
6. The Chosen Ones
7. Losing You
8. The 7th Day
9. Heavy Metal In The Night
10. H.M.J.
11. Hail To The King
12. Outro

If you're the kind of listener who loves his heavy metal with no "impurities", Dream Evil is just the band for you. And it might not be a good idea to read the rest of this review because it is certain you will fly into a rage of metal righteousness, presuming that it is your solemn duty to write angry emails denouncing me, this site, my cats, the apartment I live in, my car, my girlfriend (a novel concept for many of you true metal followers), and very likely even my favorite lucky baseball cap. Oh yes, and be sure to inform me that I must obviously be a fan of whatever trendy pop idol is tearing up the Billboard charts. That's always a clever insult in an email. Heck, I could even write the email for you and all you'd have to do is type your names, caplock key on or off. Your choice.

Oh yeah, Dream Evil. I suppose it should be noted that Dream Evil features a couple infamous figures. The band was formed by noted producer Fredrik Norström and features drummer Snowy Shaw. The music they perform features every lame metal cliche (or element of purity, depending on your perspective) imaginable. Worse yet, their lyrics are about dragons (easily discerned from this album's title) and being a "Heavy metal Jesus", as well as other truly inane songs about heavy metal. Bands that insist upon singing about their preferred genre of music should be put down like Old Yeller. Heavy metal as a whole can speak for itself without a bunch of men prancing about. It doesn't need the cheerleading. Anyhow, Dragonslayer is full of common riffs, predictable song structures, uber-melody and every classic influence in the book. Dream Evil is quite capable of playing as well as any of their influences or peers, but it's not as though they're really trying to build upon what has already existed for at least two decades. Instead, they play the retro trip to the hilt and just add more drivel to the mounting piles of useless bands.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2003

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