The Swedish DRAGONLAND honour us for the second time and as I couldn't completely befriend their debut "The Battle Of The Ivory Plains", I was curious about "Holy War" and if they manage it to appropriate an own profile.
The fact that keyboarder Elias Holmlid has been taken up by KING DIAMOND speaks for the musical abilities of DRAGONLAND, but the rest is also great, the production of Fredman and the coverartwork, designed by Chrille Anderson again, and also the booklet.
They kept faithful to their style, a Swedish kind of Melodic Power Metal, the comparison with bands like EDGUY, NOCTURNAL RITES and RHAPSODY at the debut can't be denied but the difference to the debut is, that the band can hold the high level the whole playing time and they have no blackout on the record. The movielike intro "Hundred Years Have Passed", "Through Elven Woods And Dwarven Minds", which was influenced by some foreign sounding instruments, the fine "Calm Before The Storm" (incl. violin) or "Blazing Hate" are good examples for this.
Haters of Power Metal won't like DRAGONLAND with "Holy War" but those who like this genre can put this record on their shopping list. (Online September 12, 2002)