Rating:
5.7
Dream Of Illusion - Decadence
14 January 2011


01. Intro
02. The Crow
03. Spiked Rain
04. Mistery
05. Rocker Warrior
06. One Last Chance
07. End Of The World
08. Two Skies
09. Through The Storm
10. Born To Rock
11. Interlude
12. Hysteria
13. Back To The Evil Age
14. Outro


Aww fuck! Not again! Why? For fuck sakes, why?! You've got some solid, heavy riffs, and music that sounds like metal...then you find the most pussified singer you can, and fuck the whole thing up. Out of sheer contrast Dream Of Illusion's singer sounds way, way too feminine. Not the badass kind of feminine either, not the switchblade-wielding-transvestite feminine, more of that "watched Love Actually too many times" feminine.

Granted, the music ain't that great either. The riffs are there for sure, and the odd one does stand out from time to time, but a significant portion Decadence makes it another boring, generic offering. Oddly enough, every time - literally every time a pounding, thrashy riff comes out, they kill it faster than your neighbours yapping shih tzu. "Mistery" opens up with probably the high note of the album - if the entire album kept up this quality, you would be reading an infinitely more positive review right now. It's aggressive, thrashy, and unbelievably catchy. Not even the lead singers forgettable whining is capable of killing this track - why couldn't they keep it up? Yes, they absolutely show signs of picking things back up a bit - quite frequently too, but they intentionally destroy their own creation and pretty much rip the metal out of this house of cards. I can almost picture the band talking amongst themselves while rehearsing; "Here's a good riff, it's pretty heavy, so we're going to need to take the balls out of it in case someone mistakes us for a metal band or something."

Seriously, "potential" is an easy word to throw around. It's often used to soften the blow against a band whom you just shit all over, but it actually fits here. These guys have talent, and it would be nice to see them succeed, they just have to stop aborting all the good ideas that are developing here. Oh yeah, and make the vocalist watch Rambo or something.


 



Written on 17.02.2011 by
Doc Godin
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Troy Killjoy - 17.02.2011 at 02:58  
Man, you seem to be getting a lot of shit lately.
Doc Godin - 17.02.2011 at 03:07  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.02.2011 at 02:58

Man, you seem to be getting a lot of shit lately.

Yes, when it rains, it pours. I seem to have some other stuff coming up soon that ranges from ok to really good.
Destructo - 17.02.2011 at 06:00  
What's the stuff among the "really good" pile that U would recommend ?? All I've got in 2011 is albums ranging only in the 7-8 rating scale. Nothing has touched a 9 or 10 as yet for me.
Doc Godin - 17.02.2011 at 07:00  
Written by Destructo on 17.02.2011 at 06:00

What's the stuff among the "really good" pile that U would recommend ?? All I've got in 2011 is albums ranging only in the 7-8 rating scale. Nothing has touched a 9 or 10 as yet for me.

Most of these have a release date in March, so you'll have to check my reviews then.
-DC-002- - 17.02.2011 at 07:35  
Poopy music
Daggon - 18.02.2011 at 03:58  
Rambo
Danyael - 18.02.2011 at 15:31  
Cool review, but I personally think you're being too harsh on the vocals. To me it sounds like your somewhat average power metal singer. I do prefer a bit more aggressive too, but calling this feminine is a bit too much. Take Andre Matos, who's an excellent singer, or Joachim Cans for example. Both great singers, but they both have their "feminine" moments more than anyone I've heard. Ok, aside from that dude from Darkness lol.
Valentin B - 18.02.2011 at 15:51  
Written by Doc Godin on 17.02.2011 at 03:07

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.02.2011 at 02:58

Man, you seem to be getting a lot of shit lately.

Yes, when it rains, it pours. I seem to have some other stuff coming up soon that ranges from ok to really good.

are you obliged to review them or do you just do it out of masochism?
BudDa - 01.03.2011 at 07:53  
Haha..for a moment there..I thought it was the Swedish female fronted melodeath thrash band

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