Dream Evil
In The Night



by Greg Viessman USER (46 Reviews)
April 1st, 2010 | 13 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lacks necessary wankage to be a great power metal album.

One of the biggest criticisms with music these days is that nothing is fresh anymore. Innovative artists like The Beatles and Michael Jackson combined all the best elements of rock and pop respectively to make music that will stand the test of time. Today we have to listen to Nickelback. The genre of power metal is exactly the same way. From the beginnings with Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Gamma Ray, power metal took aspects from other 80s metal bands and created a unique feel. Throughout the past three decades power metal has given us more innovation with adding symphonic elements (Rhapsody of Fire, Nightwish) or just resetting the bar for quality kick ass power metal (Lost Horizon, Iced Earth). So, where does the latest offering from Dream Evil stand?

Dream Evil’s In the Night takes the same formula that the early power metal bands took twenty plus years ago and creates a solid album. Nothing about this record is new or innovative, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Starting with “Immortal”, the band creates a nicely paced and catchy opener. Throughout the rest of the album we get impactful riffs and great melodies.

The lack of innovation and creativity is what drags the album down. The songs themselves are definitely solid in structure, but sometimes I find myself going “meh, I have heard all of this before.” Solos are also always nice to hear, but none really blew my mind at all. I personally credit this to Gus G not being in the band, but I’ll give the guitarists credit because their attempt at making good leads and solos worked to some extent. As for the vocals of Niklas Isfeldt, he gives great emotion throughout the entire album and makes a few of the songs that lack catchy musicianship a bit better, or just adds to the awesomeness of these already awesome songs.

There are two songs on here that fit my description of awesomeness of awesome songs: “Bang Your Head” and “The Unchosen One.” “Bang You Head” is four minutes of heavy duty riffing with a nice little solo thrown into the picture. The vocals are where the songs shines though, especially that amazing chorus. Starting with a chanting of “Bang Your Head” by the rest of the band, Niklas just goes and shows off his vocals. “The Unchosen One” on the other hand, is more a mid-tempo song. The highlight of the song isn’t the guitars or the vocals, but the synths that are present in the song that lead up to the pre-chorus and chorus. This is definitely the best song on the album.

Dream Evil’s In the Night is nothing really special. Their debut Dragonslayer was more than just an ok power metal album. It had the punch that the genre needed, but this feels like they decided to make the safest record possible. That may have been ok fifteen years ago, but when we just finished a decade where the best power metal were released, it just equals mediocrity saved by a couple cool songs.

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April 1st 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

First three songs and the last one save this from being like a 2.5 or maybe lower.

And YAY me reviewing again.

April 1st 2010


“Bang Your Head” and “The Unchosen One.” “Band You Head” is four

other than that pretty good review, although you make it seem terribly boring

April 2nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

wow@the loads of comments there are...this is why I don't really review anymore.

And yeah, it's a bit boring except for four songs that actually make it good

April 2nd 2010


yeah i know what you mean, i think this site might just have low amounts of traffic, i mean their max number of user traffic was back in 2005, so things have been slowing down since then

April 2nd 2010


"We're children of the night/searching for the li-i-i-ight..."

April 2nd 2010


And, obviously, an album like this will draw few comments. Even my KISSes didn't have that much comments. It's only stuff like Li'l Wayne and scene bands that get 35 pages of people talking about it.

April 2nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

And 34 of those pages are essentially spam lol.

April 2nd 2010


Maybe I'm just not on as much as I used to be, but I don't think I've seen you around here lately Poet. Anyways, I read this earlier but didn't have time to comment. Inspired me to YouTube The Unchosen One, great song.

April 3rd 2010


True.. this is one of their less powerful efforts. The previous albums were much better than this one. I think they have to look for a new formula. they tried it on the book of heavy and the result was their heaviest album..

May 13th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed on all accounts. They looked like they had -some- potential with Gus G but without him they're pretty average. This was worth exactly one listen and no more.

December 16th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, though I feel this is their strongest work in some time.

October 20th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

"Electric", "The Ballad" and "In The Fires Of The Sun" is my fav songs of this album which isn't as strong as their earlier albums but still goes home for me. I can't help myself laughing while I hear The Ballad;

"It doesn't matter where you go, he's always there

That fucking Snowy Shaw" XD

Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

Another decent Dream Evil album, and a very slight improvement on "United" , but not much at all. My personal highlights are 'Bang your Head', the title track and 'The unchosen Ones'.

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