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Review: Eagleheart - Dreamtherapy

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 51:16
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 10, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (12 Votes)

This is some decent Power Metal with a little bit of symphonic leanings, though not enough to attach that tag to the band. Eagleheart offer here a little bit of variety when it comes to Power Metal – happy, solemn, melancholic, and even some straightforward, no-questions-asked, fist-in-the-air rocking moments. The style is very much reminiscent of what was going on in Power Metal in the late 90s/early 2000s and the band doesn't really bring anything new to the party – it's been done before, better or worse, and Eagleheart sit somewhere in the middle, though the balance tips more toward the good than the bad.

Lots of keyboards for the "semi-symphonic" effects, most of which rather seamless though there are a few times where they really should have skipped them. Guitars and drums are what you expect in the genre – lots of squealing solos, some fast and rather monotonous drumming at times. Like I said earlier, no surprises here. The vocalist had a pretty good set of pipes, a bit on the raw side which gives the songs a welcome harder edge. A lot of the vocal melodies instantly stick to the mind, while a couple are a bit cringe-worthy.

Dreamtherapy would probably have made more noise 10+ years ago, but at the same time I like the little trip back in time. It's not a perfect album, but I found that its defects add to the charm. If you like symphonic-minded Power Metal but also like things to be more on the raw side, this one is worth a look.

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