Not often do I receive Power Metal albums, or bands from Brazil, but these guys from PERPETUAL DREAMS are a very nice band. They already have released a couple of albums although itís hard to tell by their website that they have released a new album again. Itís not completely standard Power Metal though as they have incorporated plenty of Progressive, Traditional Heavy Rock/Metal influences and even some acoustic parts. Still itís clearly Power Metal youíre listening to, especially the vocals are of the classic high pitch soaring variety. And even though itís not the most powerful voice Eduardo DŠvila sounds smooth and not like heís stressing his voice too much.
More importantly though is the guitar work which is where the Prog and Heavy Metal influences come into play. Obviously the guys have listened a lot to Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen, but itís not mere copying, they really create some classic riffs, harmonies and above all solos. ďArenaĒ is really filled to the top with them and I wonít complain since good solos always make very happy. To support the guitar work thereís also an organ present at times which really gives a great Traditional touch; it worked in the 70ís and still sounds cool today!
The only thing this album could use is a powerful production as the sound is pretty weak, every instrument sounds the way it should so no problems with the mix, itís more the overall sound that sounds distant and too soft. Besides that ďArenaĒ is a more then decent record with great guitar playing, solid drums and fine bits of Prog and Heavy Metal at times topped off with nice folk-y acoustic bits. It wonít covert you to a Power Metal fan if you donít like the style yet, but if you like a combination of RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and IRON MAIDEN played in a Power Metal fashion you should check out PERPETUAL DREAMS for sure. (Online June 29, 2006)