Rating:
8.0
Freedom Call - Dimensions
20 April 2007


01. Demons Dance
02. Innocent World
03. United Alliance
04. Mr. Evil
05. Queen Of My World
06. Light Up The Sky
07. Words Of Endeavour
08. Blackened Sun
09. Dimensions
10. My Dying Paradise
11. Magic Moments
12. Far Away
13. Warriors Of Light [Korean bonus]
14. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes [Korean bonus]
15. Heart Of The Brave [Korean bonus]
16. Hiroshima [Wishful Thinking cover] [Korean bonus]
17. Dr. Stein [Helloween cover] [Korean bonus]


You shouldn't be strangers to Freedom Call by now, you should know that if you want some over the top, happy power metal then this is the best place to come. With that in mind, you pretty much know what you are going to get by listening to this album.

Kicking things off, after yet another pointless two minute introduction track, is the obligatory fast paced power metal anthem we usually get to start albums off. Fast guitar, fast double bass drumming and the usual Iron Maiden/Helloween style sing along bits that sometimes just sound like they have been put there as a way to include an audience at a live show then to enhance the actual music in any significant way. The lyrics of the song and pretty much whole album are as cringe worthy as they have ever been before, this time including some children that are so innocent, sounds awful doesn't it, but I find myself enjoying this still. The good feelings that emanate from this clearly over the top music really did make me smile, so if you are the sort of person that can understand that maybe the lyrics and sound shouldn't be taken as such a serious statement and can embrace the happy sound then you should find no problem in having a good time listening to this.

The music is pretty much totally un-original and this time around the band sound more like Helloween then I have ever recognised before. This doesn't make it not enjoyable though, "Queen Of My World" is a great track and also the ballad "Words Of Endeavour" is a change from the typical power metal formula. There are still odd bits in places that do shine with something a bit different. I will draw your attention to "Magic Moments" as this song sounds quite unique to anything I have heard from a metal band before, Chris Bay adopts an old fashioned kind of singing and accompanied by a choir of backing singers creates something quite original that caught my attention and have found myself listening to quite a few times since hearing it the first time.

This album is pretty much everything you would expect before listening to it, the album and is as people would call 'cheesy' and overly bombastic as well as being pretty much totally unoriginal but you know I still really like it. Sometimes there is more then just originality and production quality and all the other variables we all take into consideration while deciding how much we like an album - this cheerful album puts a smile on my face and makes me feel happy, and I am sure it will do most of you if you allow it to - that is the most important thing with this type of music.


Band profile: Freedom Call
Album: Dimensions


 



Written on 23.04.2007 by
Baz Anderson
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Metal Maiden - 23.04.2007 at 16:57  
Good review, Baz!It's the same with me - "...I still really like it."But although I do enjoy it, I have to say it is definately Freedom Call's weakest work...Their last two albums just blew me away, unlike Dimensions, which is simply enjoying...alas.It does make me happy, though
GT - 23.04.2007 at 21:03  
If it's cheesy as you say I'm in...actually I don't know any Freedom Call but might have to check them out. Nice review btw
rui_prog_metal - 26.04.2007 at 18:12  
8.0!!!!????
You got to be kidding man!
these guys are getting wors record to record! After eternity they've lost them selfes.
Baz Anderson - 26.04.2007 at 20:09  
no, I'm not kidding at all..
I've listened to this quite a lot of times now and I have to say that this is one of my favorties now!!
I think it is better then all of their albums apart from maybe 'Stairway To Fairyland'
Metal Maiden - 27.04.2007 at 12:06  
uhh, better than all of their previous albums...you lost me on that one...
Baz Anderson - 27.04.2007 at 15:23  
apart from 'Stairway To Fairyland' I said..
but yes, I do like it that much
White Winter Sun - 29.04.2007 at 20:02  
Good review.

I share too this feeling to have spent a very good moment in the listening of this album.
Susan - 30.04.2007 at 07:31  
the album and is as people would call 'cheesy' and overly bombastic

...that's all I really needed to see! LOL I think it's finally time for me to get into this band. Baz your review is very well written and I think I get a pretty good feeling for the music.

It seems like there is some discrepancy as to which is the "best" album - I'll just have to hear them all I guess!
Baz Anderson - 30.04.2007 at 13:08  
thanks haha you know I was listening to this album last night, again..
even though other people wont agree (I mean it has votes from people from 10 all down to 3) but I think this will be one of my favourites of the year
Adus - 01.05.2007 at 06:05  
It's been growing on me, but I still think it's weaker than their others. An 8 is a fair score, as it's still better than a lot of other things i've heard lately.
king of fools - 11.07.2007 at 14:13  
I think freedom call are ok power metal band.Sometime they are really boring
with they music.
Ellrohir - 18.08.2007 at 23:53  
somewhere i heard FC have changed their style here in the new album...i dont belive that - Innocent World or United Alliance are exactly the same great stuff like before

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