|Review: Dreamland - Future's Calling|
Label: Dockyard 1
Year released: 2005
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: June 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
A very cool debut from Sweden's Dreamland, there's just something about this release that has had its wicked way with me. Immediately it's pleasing to see the credentials these guys have to boast on their first release. Production from the almighty Joacim Cans and Andy LaRocque promises a damn fine sound – a promise certainly kept. All keys and programming are handled by wiz-kid Elias Homlid from another of Sweden's finest, Dragonland. Of course their singer Jake E had a brief stint in Dream Evil during 2005 so it's obvious the guy must be good. He sounds a lot like Joacim Cans although I prefer Jake's vocals a little more. It'ss hard to put a finger on it - I feel he just brings a little something more to the table. Musically these guys bear similarities to Hammerfall although there are no copycat antics to be found. Fans of acts such as Dream Evil and Firewind will no doubt lap this up. The riffs are pretty sweet; nothing too flashy, but getting the job done. Future's Calling is a very charming affair, just a look at the track listing makes the choruses appear in my head, which are one of the standout points of the release - all very catchy and great to shout-a-long to.
The intro here is surprisingly awesome, boasting a sweet guitar riff that really sets us up for "Hearts Like Lions" which is certainly one of the finer tracks on offer. The riff is cool as hell, marching on at a solid mid-place it definitely gets the blood pumping. "A New Way" sounds a lot like Hammerfall circa Crimson Thunder although Jake E's vocal delivery helps keep this sounding like Dreamland. "All For One" is a top notch Power Metal anthem, with a really majestic riff. Eric Rauti and Johan Eriksson handle their axes wonderfully and some of the guitar solos displayed are really wild. There are so many cool tracks on here, I could basically name the entire track list. Closer "A New Dimension" is another personal favorite of mine, boasting impressive riffs and awesome harmonies that would make Helloween proud. At the end of the day this is an awesome debut, first class music handled masterfully. With a new album due out this year, there's no better time to check these guys out. Recommended.
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