Dream Evil

Dragon Slayer

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Sweden has produced yet another melodic heavy metal band rooted in classic '80s influences. Dream Evil (taking its name from the Dio album of the same name?) plays the type of soaring, melodramatic heavy metal that combines the progressive metal chops of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force with the accessibility of pop-metallers Europe. As for the lyrics, a scan of the song titles tells all; tunes like "The Prophecy," "The Chosen One," and "Heavy Metal in the Night" certainly don't address any new or compelling subject matter, but instead wallow in an adolescent, Dungeons & Dragons fantasy land. Which is probably a moot point -- old-school metal fans will come for the pristine musicianship, and will likely not be disappointed.

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