|Review: Dream Evil - Evilized|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2003
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 30, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 3.73/5 (74.55%) (11 Votes)
I am really glad I did not do this review after the first couple of times I listened to this album. At that time I probably would have given it a little less than a stellar rating but since then this album has really, really grown on me and I have done a full 360 degree turn on my opinion. I heaped all kinds of praise on their debut album "Dragonslayer" so my expectations for this album were extremely high and in all actuality unjustifiably so. I still think the debut is better "Evilized" is certainly a very good sophomore effort.
This album is being released a scant nine months after their debut which is certainly a rarity for most metal bands. Hell, I am still listening to the debut album on a pretty regular basis…heh. When you consider the amount of favorable reviews the debut received I can certainly understand the idea of striking while the iron is still hot and the bands name is still fresh in a lot of metalhead minds. All of this considered when I heard this album was coming out so soon after the debut I was still a little surprised (although pleasantly so). The album is slightly different in that there is more of a traditional metal feel to it than the debut. There are a few songs that drift into the power metal realm but overall this sounds more like a Judas Priest inspired album than it does Helloween. Almost everything I liked about the debut can also be heard on this follow-up. Excellent guitar work including some incredibly catchy riffs and killer leads, especially on my three favorite tracks (Fight you till the End, Invisible and Fear the Night). The vocals are also extremely well done as well with slightly more variety this time around but keeping the basic sound the same and never getting to high in pitch. Personally I think a few more power/traditional metal bands should take this approach and quit trying to sing in keys that only dogs can hear…heh. The songs themselves are all generally very good although there a few that I would consider as filler and this is where my opinion on this album takes the proverbial fork in the road as compared to the debut. It is possible however that my expectations were simply to high considering how much I enjoyed "Dragonslayer" but "Evilized" just doesn’t seem to measure up to the brilliance of that album.
Overall I would consider this album a worthy follow-up even though I don’t find it as good as the debut. Either way I could still easily recommend this album for anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre. It is still a lot better than some of the other stuff that other bands have done as of late. You know, sometimes expectations can really be a pain in the ass…heh.
Favorite Tracks – Fight you till the End, Invisible, Fear the Night.
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