Dream Evil, the Swedish heavy metal band named after the classic DIO album, is back with their fifth studio album, In The Night. The only thing the band has changed in 2010 is their stage names. If you are familiar with the heavy metal sound of Dream Evil, you will find much to like with the band’s latest release. Dream Evil dishes out another disc filled with awesome musicianship, incredible energy, and fantastic vocals. If you haven’t ever heard singer Niklas “Nick Night” Isfeldt sing before you are in for a treat. Isfeldt could give Rob Halford and Ralf Scheepers a run for their money. His metal screams are total ecstasy to my ears.
I must admit that I didn’t care much for the album opener “Immortal”. Maybe it just taps into the whole power metal/viking metal thing a little too much for my taste. Luckily, this is one of the only weak spots on In the Night.
The title track “In The Night” immediately bring classic Accept to mind. This is a powerful song, that should have been the album opener in my opinion.
If there is one song that exudes the complete spirit of heavy metal music, “Bang Your Head” would be the one. This stadium anthem might have some cheesy lyrics, but the song is undeniably 100 % pure metal, and I love it.
If Dream Evil ever had a hit song in the making, “See The Light” would be the one. This song has a big bombastic sound that the melodic rock fans are going to love.
On the not so cleverly titled song “The Ballad”, Dream Evil slow it down and show that they can deliver one great power ballad. I am not sure why they didn’t call this “When The Children Cry”, but it is a good song nonetheless. A lot of fans have given Dream Evil crap over this tune, but I like that fact that band still shines when they aren’t cranking out their high speed rockers.
“Kill, Burn, Be Evil” is a metal anthem that will have fans screaming at the top of their lungs and throwing their devil horns in the air. The song’s only detriment is that it is a little short, but it is still highly enjoyable.
Not every song on In The Night is perfect, but I have given this CD a few spins now, and it seems to get better with every listen.
Dream Evil always delivers with each new album they have put out. If you are a metalhead, you won’t want to miss out on Into the Night!! Pick it up and let the headbanging begin!
For more information on Dream Evil, and to preview some songs from Into The Night, please visit the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
2. In The Night
3. Bang Your Head
4. See The Light
7. On The Wind
8. The Ballad
9. In The Fires Of The Sun
10. Mean Machine
11. Kill, Burn, Be Evil
12. The Unchosen One
Dream Evil is:
Niklas Isfeldt (Nick Night) – Vocals
Daniel Varghamne (Dannee Demon) – Lead Guitars
Fredrik Nordström (Ritchie Rainbow) – Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards
Peter Stålfors (Pete Pain) – Bass
Patrik Jerksten (Pat Power) – Drums