|Review: Memorized Dreams - Theater of Life|
|Theater of Life|
Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Theater of Life
Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)
This is one of those albums I've heard a lot, despite being a lackluster affair. It doesn't really grow on you or even make much of an impact, but when I first got it I was intrigued by the stylistic approach of the band, so I persisted. In the end, I didn't get much out of it, and you probably won't either. Memorized Dreams play slow to mid-paced Power Metal with symphonic aspirations; everything is very simple, and in a way the songs do have some charm (there are a few good hooks, especially on "Halos And Wings"), but instead of an artistic choice, I feel this simplicity is due to the lack of experience on the part of the seven musicians (their vocalist is the worst offender, barely staying in tune). At times it sounds like a bunch of kids jamming in a basement (touched up by Tommy Hansen afterwards, of course).
The major drawing point is "Gates Of Heaven", on which Symphonity vocalist Olaf Hayer performs lead vocals. This is actually a cracking Power Metal track very much in the Dionysus vein, fit to burst with a soaring vocal and catchy as hell melody line. The rest of the band chug away in the background, but Hayer steals the show; there's no denying this is the best song on here. For a different spin on the genre by a group of young hopefuls, Theater Of Life isn't too bad an attempt, but it can't stand next to some of the releases Sound Riot put out during the same period. Requiem would eat them for breakfast.
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