Dream Evil

Dream Evil is the brainchild of well-known producer and studio guru Fredrik Nordström (Soilwork, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir), who decided after producing all sorts of metal bands that he could play and write as well as any of them. The speed/power metal band was initially comprised of Peter Stalfors - Bass, Snowy Shaw - drums (ex-King Diamond, Illwill), Gus G. (Mystic Prophecy, Firewind)- guitars. Niklas Isfeldt - vocals (Throne of Chaos) Fredrik Nordstrom - guitars and keyboards.

DragonSlayer Dream Evil - Dragon Slayer (Century Media) 2002

1. "Chasing the Dragon" (4:01)
2. "In Flames You Burn" (4:34)
3. "Save Us" (3:39)
4. "Kingdom of the Damned" (3:54)
5. "The Prophecy" (4:14)
6. "The Chosen Ones" (5:02)
7. "Losing You" (5:56)
8. "The 7th Day" (3:33)
9. "Heavy Metal in the Night" (4:54)
10. "H.M.J." (2:46)
11. "Hail to the King" (3:30)
12. "Outro" (:15)

A completely enjoyable power metal feast. Not since Hammerfall's debut have I been so enamored with a power metal album. Sure Dream Evil encorporate a ton of cheesy clichés but they do it with such power and class, save for "Heavy Metal Jesus". This song just cannot be described using the word "class". I think what works in this band's favor is that while they are serious musicians, they don't take themsleves too seriously. However, the music is quite awesome. The guitar work by Gus G. is absolutely fantastic and certainly what gives this band their edge over a horde of other power metal bands. Dream Evil know how to write a catchy heavy metal song. Even ballads such as "Losing You" is quite enjoyable. This is real heavy metal! If only there were more bands of this calibur! "DragonSlayer" is the perfect blend of classic metal and modern power metal.

Dream Evil - Evilized (Century Media) 2003

1. "Break The Chains" (3:32)
2. "By My Side" (3:37)
3. "Fight You 'Till The End" (3:52)
4. "Evilized" (4:43)
5. "Invisible" (2:53)
6. "Bad Dreams" (3:08)
7. "Forevermore" (5:08)
8. "Children of the Night" (4:44)
9. "Live A Lie" (3:26)
10. "Fear The Night" (3:47)
11. "Made of Metal" (3:51)
12. "The End" (4:23)

So I am driving with a friend in his truck and he pops in a CD by a band I had not heard yet. Within seconds my jaw had to be picked up off the floor. Dream Evil are a blend of power metal and speed metal, which is right up my alley. What floored me was their brutal production. Razor sharp guitar tones, tight rhythms, pummelling drums, and just an overall wall of sound. On top of excellent songs writing, their vocalist alone has the uniqueness and strength to his voice that could take these guys to new plateaus. Songs like album opener "Break the Chains" and "Children of the Night" are oustranding. The lyrics are a tad cliché, but so what. Nothing wrong with metal anthems. As a matter of fact, I quite like them.

Children of the Night Dream Evil - Children Of The Night (Century Media) 2003

1. "Children Of The Night" [Edit] (4:19)
2. "Dragonheart" (3:33)
3. "Betrayed" (4:02)
4. "Evilized" [Acoustic] (4:54)
5. "Children Of The Night" [video clip] (3:47)

Excellent mini-CD containing two unreleased tracks, a video clip, and an acoustic version of the album track "Evilized". This CD is worth owningfor the two unreleased tracks alone. "Dragonheart" and "Betrayed" are both good power metal numbers that really sound like they would have fit on the album nicely. They don't sound like b-side leftover tracks to me. The cover, pictured above, didn't reproduce real well as it is printed with metallic inks.

Book of Heavy Metal Dream Evil - The Book Of Heavy Metal (Century Media) 2004

1. "The Book Of Heavy Metal (March Of The Metallians)" (5:25)
2. "Into the Moonlight" (4:20)
3. "The Sledge" (2:59)
4. "No Way" (3:19)
5. "Crusaders' Anthem" (4:21)
6. "Let's Make Rock" (4:03)
7. "Tired" (3:49 )
8. "Chosen Twice" (4:22)
9. "M.O.M." (3:33)
10. "The Mirror" (3:46)
11. "Only for the Night" (4:11)
12. "Unbreakable Chain" (5:51)

Despite what might sound like a cheesy title to this album, it is actually quite fitting as Dream Evil have morphed a bit from a power metal band into a 100% bonified heavy metal band. I mean, I suppose you could still label this power metal, but these songs seem to be a bit catchier and slightly more melodic than the first two Dream Evil CDs. Heavy metal anthems like 'Let's Make Rock', 'The Sledge' and the title track are all nods to the classic 80's heavy metal style. The entire CD, however, is solid and each and every song will have you singing along and head banging within one listen. The lyrics are cliché and a bit cheesy, but not necessarily in a bad way. Dream Evil are obviously not taking themselves seriously and are obviously enjoying themselves on this metal opus. Even the ballads on this disc are essiantial. As with past discs, the production is razor sharp, clean enough to allow each instrument to come through the mix, but with just enough raw energy left in to cave in your face. In my opinion, this CD is as stong as some of the staples of the genre, equal to the some releases by Jag Panzer, Anvil, Priest and even the mighty Maiden. Long live real metal!

United Dream Evil – United (Century Media)  2006

DISC ONE
1.    Fire! Battle! In Metal!   (3:11)
2.    United    (3:33)
3.    Blind Evil    (4:23)
4.    Evilution    (4:28)
5.    Let Me Out   (4:28)
6.    Higher on Fire    (4:29)
7.    Kingdom at War    (3:11)
8.    Love Is Blind   (4:47)
9.    Falling    (4:01)
10.    Back From the Dead    (4:28)
11.    Doomlord    (4:42)
12.    My Number One (3:09)

DISC TWO
1. Calling Your Name (3:45)
2. Dynamite (4:08)
3. Into The Unknown (4:27)
4. I Will Never (3:55)
5. Vengeance (3:15)

When I read that principle songwriter Gus G. and drummer Snowy Shaw were leaving Dream Evil, I wondered whether or not the band’s next release would be any good at all. It took me a long time to finally pick up "United" after it’s release. Upon spinning it the first couple times, my fears or a less than stellar release were diminished. "United" is an absolutely stunning European power metal release. Each and every song is heavy yet melodic and absolutely catchy. This is exactly what any Dream Evil fan could have hoped for. Pure, anthemic, heavy metal glory. Niklas Isfeldt vocals are outstanding as ever. For the most part, the entire CD is pretty heavy, with the exception of the ballad "Love is Blind", which I find enjoyable nonetheless, and the cover song "My Number One". I am completely unfamiliar with the original song, though it was sung by was sung by  Elena Paparizou and was a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. Frankly, I thought this song was one of the weaker songs on the CD and much prefer the original eleven songs.

It should also be mentioned that despite the fact that Gus G and Snowy Shaw are no longer in the band, they did have some involvement in this CD as both performed on the song "My Number One".

Into the Night Dream Evil - In the Night (Century Media) 2010

1. Immortal (4:38)
2. In the Night (3:15)
3. Bang Your Head (3:52)
4. See the Light (3:40)
5. Electric (3:50)
6. Frostbite (3:31)
7. On the Wind (3:45)
8. The Ballad (4:52)
9. In the Fires of the Sun (4:41)
10. Mean Machine (4:05)
11. Kill, Burn, Be Evil (2:51)
12. The Unchosen One (3:36)

On "In the Night", Dream Evil take every possible heavy metal cliché and weave it into a metallic, chain mesh tapestry. Manowar may have been the self-proclaimed kings of metal in the 80's, but in the 2000's it is clearly Dream Evil. These Swedes have released an album chock-full of skull-crushing riffs, grab-you-by-the-jugular vocals and unashamedly cliché lyrics. Is there any doubt with songs like "Bang Your Head", "Immortal" and "In the Fires of the Sun"?

With the departure of Snowy Shaw and Gus G. many fans were wondering if Dream Evil could create something as stellar as The Book of Heavy Metal. However, they have come back with their second full-length release since then and are still proving to be the heavy metal machine they have always been. This is about as catchy as power metal has ever been with solid, memorable hooks, shout-along choruses and guitar solos that will have any self-respecting heavy metal fan playing air guitar. As well the band is super-tight and the production is stellar. Of course the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek and are suppose to be pure fist-pumping fun. My personal favorite is "The Ballad," which takes every single cliché and turns them into an emotional song about being heavy metal stars, crying children, swine and all.

Dream Evil are heavy metal and "In the Night" is a near perfect heavy metal album. All hail the kings of heavy metal!

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