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Review: Dream Evil - In the Night
Dream Evil
In the Night

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 46:31
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
In the Night

Rated 3.91/5 (78.26%) (23 Votes)

Dream Evil should need no introduction these days, they've been belting out their brand of gorgonzola metal for years now. Little has changed in the Dream Evil camp with In The Night, previously established fans can expect business as usual from Frederik Nordstrom and the gang. Big metal anthems that guarantee a raised fist, shockingly bad lyrics (seriously) and of course a shed load of smoking guitar work is what In The Night is all about. Little has changed since United, except Dream Evil have yet another new lead guitarist – I won't lie in saying Gus G. is sorely missed – but the new guy is a very good player, with a style similar enough to Gus G's. As mentioned earlier the lyrics are probably the worst Dream Evil have put to paper which could be a big turn off for potential listeners. I'll be frank in saying I couldn't give a fuck when the music is so good. The album starts slowly with "Immortal" – whilst a decent track it fails to keep my attention, the same can be said for "Bang your Head" which you will have heard before on any other Dream Evil release. "The Ballad" is beyond horrible, with particularly pathetic lyrics about hearts made of steel and children crying.

With the bad firmly out of the way we're left with 9 tracks of metal heaven. Despite the lyrics being lame this is probably the catchiest I've heard Dream Evil at since Evilized – boasting more hooks than a fisherman's satchel, honestly I've had "See the Light" stuck in my head from the first spin. "In The Fires of the Sun" is a personal highlight, boasting an excellent chorus – again very catchy. "The Unchosen One" comes across as a nod to the older Dream Evil fans that were around for Dragonslayer, obviously reminiscent of "The Chosen Ones", it definitely brought a smile to my face. Despite a few problems this is still Dream Evil in top form, although there really is only so far they can take this approach, it would nice to see the band to take themselves a little more seriously next time around. Fans of Heavy/Power Metal or 80's metal would do well to check this out, just ignore the crap lyrics, raise a fist and bang your head. Recommended.

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