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Review: Frequency - When Dream And Fate Collide
When Dream And Fate Collide

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 41:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 27, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
When Dream And Fate Collide

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Incredibly smooth and glossy first album here from Sweden's Frequency, a band that should have gone on to join the ranks of the genre leaders but sadly missed their window. Nothing too original about this one; suffice to say if you're a big Nocturnal Rites fan then this is the next best thing to a reunion, as When Dream And Fate Collide is a ball-busting collection of infectious little nuggets that fall somewhere between Afterlife and Shadowland. From the production to the performances themselves, this is absolutely flawless; it sounds like Frequency have been bashing out albums for a least ten years, such is the level of their professionalism. Guitarists Tobias Bigersson and Linus Wikstrom have great chemistry, and their work rules the roost here, some of it too cool for school. But it is vocalist Glenn Lauren that makes this worthwhile; his voice has that razor quality of Jonny Lindqvist, but he also has a Ralf Scheepers vibe, and this is the main reason I'm dripping praise all over this thing. His vocals are excellent.

Outside of the melodies, the riffs are all memorable (but highly derivative), and unlike new Nocturnal Rites, Frequency hammer things up with a few fast-paced tracks such as "Time" and the sweeping "Fire And Steel". Opener "Oblivion" is the best thing here; it is an untouchable Power Metal song, perfect in almost every way. If you're into this style at all, this song will ignite some fires. A short and very enjoyable album from these Swedish unknowns, When Dream And Fate Collide will appeal to those who like their Power Metal on the crunchy and uber-polished side, with plenty of modern riffs and soaring vocals, making this a sure-fire blind purchase for those on the hunt for quality metal.

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