Dream Troll
The Witch's Curse


4.3
superb

Review

by Scuro F. STAFF
April 23rd, 2018 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Glory knows another name.

Dream Tröll are England’s most righteous troubadours, fulfilling their duty on this occasion by imparting the noble tale of mighty Cyrian in his struggle against the titular Witch’s Curse. Weaving a rich tapestry, coloured with equal strokes of power and heavy metal, this narrative-driven EP features an incredible story layered atop an unbeatable backdrop of wailing riffs and epic melodies. With instrumental support and songwriting that endeavours to match and enhance this tale’s atmosphere, the impressively versatile vocal performance not only dictates the mood throughout, but distinctly changes timbre when portraying different characters without actually “doing voices”, if I can be so reductive. As most of the information progresses through the near-constant stream of lyrics, it seems appropriate to include a brief sample for illustrative purposes;

“Cyrian turned around, grabbed his sword,
and ran to his trusty stead.
He mounted her saddle, gave an awesome
cry and the beast roared up and charged.
She moved across the battle field obliterating all in her path”


If that alone doesn't set the tone, none of my paltry words will be of any use. Cyrian’s tragic adventure is one of compulsion, bloodshed, triumph, and honour – it’s just about the most fun one can have in 20 minutes, thanks to these metal minstrels. Leave your lactose intolerance at the door by your sword - be damned those who cannot stomach cheese and cliches, you'll find no shortage of both within. While these three tracks are quite satisfying and I very clearly had a blast following along with Cyrian’s struggle multiple times, the only aspect holding this EP back is its relative brevity. I for one would love to experience exactly Dream Tröll’s method of musical story telling on a larger scale. Hopefully the future holds such a prospect, and Cyrian can finally triumph over The Witch’s Curse.




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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Real short one but I just needed to get the word out about these guys, easily my most listened to "album" of 2018 so far and it still hasn't grown off me one bit. They deserve more attention so check the EP out here: https://dreamtroll.bandcamp.com/album/the-witchs-curse





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Meridiu5
April 22nd 2018


1540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like this is up my alley

Bunch of badass bandcamp bands these days

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2018


11452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Nice one Scuro, as always.



Even though these guys' brand of heavy metal sometimes rubs me off the wrong way as being too soft and easy-listening, I cannot dispute the solid songwriting and progress compared to their debut.

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Cheers guys. Glad you dig it Meridiu5.



Yeah I kind of agree Manosg, though personally I wouldn't consider that a fault so much, but it would be cool if they went a little harder at times.



BlackwaterPork
April 26th 2018


4389 Comments


Fab review mate

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Thanks man (:

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2018


9293 Comments


That first paragraph is really fucking nice. Never ever change Ryan

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Too kind Nocte (:

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2018


24228 Comments


so.. how much does this sound like The Witcher 3?


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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Ah, not at all? Haha

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2018


24228 Comments


U sure about that ;] nice review man

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Not really actually, I've never played the Witcher but it looks great. Thanks for reading!

Gmork89
May 4th 2018


7798 Comments


I normally can't get into much power metal, this is really good though. I like that the vocals aren't too over the top and riffing is fairly subdued. The hooks and melodies really sell it, good review too man.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2018


11661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Cheers man, glad you dug it



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