For the third time already in a relatively short time the all star band around production giant Fredrik Nordström presents us with an album and the waves that “The Book Of Heavy Metal“ made were pretty damn big as one was flooded with superlatives all over. The first two albums absolutely had been to my taste, so that I was pretty curious about what the third strike had to offer. For a band that consists of such high carat musicians it is pretty remarkable that they already recorded the third album in the same line-up, normally you see more movement there…
Ralf already had shown himself a bit disappointed by the latest output of the Swedes, so how do I see it? Well, the beginning of the opening title track right away is a heart attack candidate, when Niklas Isfeldt let’s out a blood curdling scream. Once you have survived it, the song stomps through the room in best Eighties Metal fashion, again very catchy and powerful, good start, I would say. And also “Into The Moonlight” follows this up, powerful, catchy and melodic, with strong chorus, which has a light HAMMERFALL touch, so far I cannot really agree with Ralf’s disappointment… The guitar work is absolutely top, just listen to this solo, brilliant!
DREAM EVIL still pull out all cliches, but if the songs are good, I can definitely live with it, even though “The Sledge” cannot fully compete, “Crusaders’ Anthem” very nicely crashes through, as the title already implies, a true anthem, epic and melodic, once more borne by the strong guitars and the simply great vocals by Niclas, who I regard as one of the best of his trade, no question. Here we also once more get the certain Rock list, which DREAM EVIL showed in their compositions ever since their inception.
Also “Let's Make Rock” is program, because this is the pure Heavy Rock/Metal that filled the arenas in the Eighties and this chorus will definitely have the whole crowd sing along, guaranteed! “Chosen Twice” is then an exquisite semi ballad with very big choir chorus and poignant guitar work, good one! “M.O.M.” with its chorus “Are you a man or a mouse“ can most probably be put into the same category as “Heavy Metal Jesus“, still super catchy and good! And also “The Mirror” is a strong one, where Niclas can how all his class.
That the production is absolutely top notch is out of doubt with Fredrik Nordström, clear and powerful, the musicianship is, as already mentioned, brilliant as well, the songs are good, therefore the rating is accordingly! (Online June 22, 2004)