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.
Dream Evil - Dragon Slayer (Century Media) 2002
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
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.
Dream Evil - Children Of The Night (Century Media) 2003
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.
Dream Evil - The Book Of Heavy Metal (Century Media) 2004
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!
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.
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"?