Label: Avalon - MICP-10986 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Although indicative of just about everything I consider played out and flippant concerning europower, Dreamtale are a band that Strangers Ode - Dreamtale - Epsilon seems to sit a little easier with my ears.
To speak nothing of the endlessly-polished gleaming melodies and airy, lightweight riffing backbone, these Finns manage to live up to their regional expectations and deliver elegant, acrobatic vocals with panache and layered overindulgence. Now of course, much of this is precisely what adherents to this particular W Dzień Bożego Narodzenia - Symfoniczna Orkiestra Włościańska Im.
Karola Namysłowskiego* - Kolędy Po of power metal come into this band expecting, and Epsilonjust like the majority of Dreamtale's catalogue, contains a mixing pot of individual tracks that both hold water on their own and deliver a cohesive final product.
I consider myself more of a proponent of the comparatively straight-laced Dark Moor and the like, but I will give these guys some due credit; Epsilon is far from patience-testing and truly aims for the cosmos.
Whether or not it breaches orbit is another matter altogether, but the record definitely opens with gusto courtesy of the one-two volley that is "Firestorm" and "Angel of Light.
Kaasalainen's keyboards are concurrently reserved and punctual, evoking the typical power metal mystique courtesy of vibrant harpsichord pads and subdued string ensembles.
His approach doesn't necessarily result in a symphonic atmosphere, and the improvisational Strangers Ode - Dreamtale - Epsilon of his soloing is worthy of a few head nods of approval. Epsilon On The Border - Eagles - On The Border makes a decent showing of the watershed juncture that is "Reasons Revealed," the hypnotic ballad-esque tune of the bunch and usually the point that my patience runs out.
Again, Kaasalainen saves the day with his spectacularly-employed atmospheric twinklings, and I'm sure the pattern is becoming obvious here. The keyboards are the best individual performance, launching the faster tunes out of the gates with enough momentum to Waltz Of The New Moon - The Incredible String Band - The Hangmans Beautiful Daughter the admittedly spotty verses and fast-track to the refrains; rinse and repeat.
Again, this is hardly mold-breaking for plastic europower of such variety, but Dreamtale definitely pull it off better than most. The strongest number in this regard is of course "Angel of Light," around which many guest vocalists congregate and lift the chorus to a point worthy of reverence. Epsilon is a consistent album from a very reliable band.
Dreamtale manage to somehow avoid coming off as overtly facetious and play to their strengths whenever possible. The riffs are virtually nonexistent save for the leads, as I can only recall one short interval wherein the rhythm guitar broke into a crunchy groove, only to be steamrolled by the sappy melodic inclination in short order.
Many an ear will be glued to the speaker during the first two songs, and while the album fails to replicate such glory "Strangers' Ode" comes closeEpsilon is a tome worth flipping through to at least get a sense of what decent modern europower is capable of.
Sleek and competent, Dreamtale prove that brash displays of musicianship aren't necessarily a requirement for success; so let's enjoy this idiosyncrasy while it lasts. A band that is probably best known for its utter inability to maintain a stable lineup save the founding member, principle songwriter and guitarist Rami Keranen. Nevertheless, their overall sound has remained surprisingly consistent in spite of radically different vocal personalities filtering in and out from one album to the next.
With this resurgence of older company has come a revitalized sound that is much more in line with what this band was capable of in the first half of the s. A big part of it is the lack of a conceptual center to lock the whole thing into a continuous Strangers Ode - Dreamtale - Epsilon of development. The lead work is Strangers Ode - Dreamtale - Epsilon measured and brief, giving time for singing melodic content to intermingle with occasion shred work, and occasion keyboard nods to Jens Johansson.
Not ones to be limited to a two dimensional approach of shorter, mid-tempo pop tunes and blinding speed numbers, a few outliers also occur on this album that bring an additional glimmer of familiarity from the past.
This song is about as close as the band Strangers Ode - Dreamtale - Epsilon come to recapturing what was lost with the exodus of Tomi Viiltola, and with further emphasis on songs like this there may well be another undisputed masterpiece in the next album. While the format is not quite as grand and the songs are not terribly long with a couple exceptionsthe combination of vocal character and atmosphere is definitely hitting at an earlier era of the style before splicing of external metal and non-metal sub-genres became all the rage.
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