A long seven years have passed since the last time Swedish powerhouse DREAM EVIL unleashed their brand of metal. That silence is about to be shattered with the release of their new inyour-face sixth album, aptly titled “SIX”.
Launched by world renowned producer and guitar wizard Fredrik Nordström in 1999 together with bassist Peter Stålfors and vocalist Niklas Isfeldt, DREAM EVIL made their debut in 2002 with the over-the-top epic, “Dragonslayer”. Rather than waiting for the dust to settle like so many of their less-motivated peers, the band returned already a year later with “Evilized”, and then in 2004 with “The Book Of Heavy Metal”, the album that officially brought the hammer down and put DREAM EVIL on the heavy metal map.
European festival appearances and successful tours supporting HammerFall, Saxon or also Stratovarius along the way only made the band’s impact that much stronger. Ironically, between the release of “The Book Of Heavy Metal” and “United” in 2006, original members Gus G. (guitars) and Snowy Shaw (drums) decided to leave the band in favour of their own groups as well as solo-careers. But rather than pack it in after losing two key members, DREAM EVIL forged onward with Mark U Black and Patrik Jerksten in their respective places.
DREAM EVIL has always been a labour of love for the experienced quintet, and “SIX” continues their tradition in the pursuit of creating pure heavy metal. The seven year gap since “In The Night” came down to everyone in the band having busy lives outside of making music. But the plan had always been to do another album; it was just a question of finding time to write and record new music worthy of the DREAM EVIL name. And once all the pieces were in place, there was no auto-tune, no 400-piece symphonic orchestra and no bulls**t required to bring the band’s new treasure trove of metal dreams alive.