|Review: The Guardian - Dragonland|
Year released: 2003
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 29, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
On the first cursory listen, my impression was that this was quite generic and boring. Subsequent more attentive listens revealed much more interesting things. The Belgians play straightforward heavy metal in the vein of... many bands! These guys are all over the place: Hammerfall-esque at times, then a little NWOBHM stint, ooops some Accept riffage, then a bit of 70s-inspired hard rock-ish moments, and even some folk-ish passages. My first listen was definitely a cursory one. :) The vocals could use some work, but the singer is showing a lot of potential, doing a good job whether it's in the more melodic songs or the more aggressive ones where a harsher voice is needed. The sound is OK, but should this ever see a proper release by a label, a more professional re-recording would do it some good. But for an independent release it's definitely acceptable. Overall "Dragonland" is a cool trip through part of the history of heavy metal, from the late 70s to the late 90s.
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