|Review: Dream Evil - Six|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: June 2, 2017
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)
By now you have at least heard about the infamous Dream Evil, so I'll tell you right away that Six is exactly what you can expect from the Swedish quintet: chugging riffs, catchy and cheesy choruses and preposterous lyrics. "Dream Evil" (I'm surprised that they never used the band name for a song before) opens the album in a mid-paced manner with heavy leads and blasting drums, almost like a call for war. The chorus features some Hammerfall-ish choirs and keeps up with the song atmosphere by being headbanging-friendly; good song. Follow-up "Antidote" is your run-of-the-mill Euro-Power song, with trendy lines, fast double-pedal drums and some cool riffing by Nordström, all while abusing those characteristic catchy choirs. The best part of the album is closed by "Sin City", which is actually pretty awesome. Replete with groove and feeling – but deprived of any sort of inspiration in the lyrics – this song shows that these guys know perfectly well how to create appealing and attractive music. The mid-tempo leads and the killer chorus should be replicated by these guys whenever possible.
Sadly, that's where the cool bits of the album end. The rest of the songs feel uninspired – when not entirely comical, like "Six Hundred and 66", for instance – and could be better enjoyed as background music. Fillers like "Hellride", "Broken Wings" and the attempted anthem turned into a flat and boring track "We Are Forever" should have been left off the album altogether, while "The Murder Mind" shows the band trying to be heavy and badass at first, but suddenly changes into a radio-friendly snoozefest.
Two other tunes can be salvaged in the mid and last portion of the album: "How to Start a War" is fun and can bang some heads, with Niklas Isfeldt changing a little bit of his nasal voice and reminding us of Andi Deris (Helloween) and a very cool solo full of distortions, while "Too Loud" could easily be featured on a Primal Fear album; the song has a very unique guitar timbre and that Rock 'n' Roll-meets-Heavy Metal atmosphere all over it. The execution, however, is top-notch; Nordström is a master of his craft and transitions from heavy leads to groovy ones with ease, the kitchen provides good support and Isfeldt sings very, very well with his already consolidated Nils K. Rue-like (Pagan's Mind) screams.
To sum it up, this is yet again an effort stacked with cool instrumental parts and catchy passages but childish lyrics and goofy presentation, which is becoming Dream Evil's trademark. Really, my niece could write better lyrics for those dudes, and she's 12 and doesn't know a single word of English. If you are crazy about these guys and follow them since their inception, then by all means go buy this, because it is exactly what you'd expect; but if you like your doses of Power Metal with more punch, fierceness and with lyrics that don't sound like they've been written by a person who needs to be at home at 9pm because it's a school night, you'll need to look elsewhere.
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