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The Book of Heavy Metal was Dream Evil's 3rd full-length album in their short but productive career, released in 2004. The first track and title track "The Book of Heavy Metal" flooded the KNAC airways and I couldn't get enough of it, despite being uninventive and the lyrics being cheesy this song is a headbanging essential full of power and thrills all the way and gets you singing along and attempting bizarre screams.
The album is worth having just for that track but there is other good work on here as well, how about the similarly styled The Sledge for instance? Or perhaps the catchy Crusader's Anthem complete with superb guitar solos. If you want to know what Abba sound like when they play heavy metal then check out Chosen Twice!
In fact, the tweeness of this band only really comes out in my eyes when the band stop playing the music hard and fast, the quieter melodic ballads like "Unchained Melody" just sound awful as the vocalists strong Swedish accent comes through and pulverises the album with what sounds like a bad Eurovision entry.
The album is split about 65/35 in good rocking tunes that are slightly on the cheesy side but sometimes ridiculously fun (65) and basically embarassing tracks (35)
1. "The Book Of Heavy Metal (March of the Metallians)" (Snowy Shaw) - 5:25
2. "Into The Moonlight" (Niklas Isfeldt/Snowy Shaw) - 4:19
3. "The Sledge" (Fredrik Nordström/Snowy Shaw) - 2:59
4. "No Way" (Gus G./Fredrik Nordström/Snowy Shaw) - 3:19
5. "Crusaders' Anthem" (Niklas Isfeldt/Fredrik Nordström/Snowy Shaw/Peter Stålfors) - 4:21
6. "Let's Make Rock" (Gus G./Niklas Isfeldt/Fredrik Nordström/Snowy Shaw/Peter Stålfors) - 4:03
7. "Tired" (Fredrik Nordström/Snowy Shaw) - 3:49
8. "Chosen Twice" (Fredrik Nordström/Snowy Shaw) - 4:22
9. "Man Or Mouse" (Snowy Shaw) - 3:33
10. "The Mirror" (Niklas Isfeldt/Peter Stålfors) - 3:46
11. "Only For The Night" (Snowy Shaw) - 4:10
12. "Unbreakable Chain" (Gus G./Snowy Shaw) - 5:21
Swedish throwback metal band Dream Evil gets its mojo back for their third full-length release, even if it ends up being one of the downright silliest metal releases of the decade, this side of Manowar. Dominated by the popular title track that opens with a scream of "metaaaaaaaal" and plunges into a tasteless but ever so enjoyable headbanging riff, this album is a celebration of metal that doesn't accomplish anything new, but puts similar efforts by their contemporaries such as Primal Fear to shame.
This is a damn fun album, but like its predecessor it tends towards similarity, with very few stand-out songs. 'Crusader's Anthem' is an effective slow song in the symphonic vein of Kamelot and 'Unbreakable Chain' is a near-ballad that avoids being anywhere near as terrible as the band's earlier love songs, but outside of its title track there's very little this album will be remembered for in the annals of metal, making its rather pompous title seem all the more egotistical.
2. Into the Moonlight
3. Chapter 6
4. No Way
5. Crusader's Anthem
6. The Book of Heavy Metal (March of the Metallians)
7. The Sledge
9. Unbreakable Chain
11. The Mirror
12. Only for the Night
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Book Of Heavy Metal (March Of The Metallians)
2 Into The Moonlight
4 No Way
5 Crusaders' Anthem
6 Let's Make Rock
8 Chosen Twice
11 Only For The Night
12 Unbreakable Chain