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Does it push back any musical boundaries? Definitely not. Is it fun? Unquestionably!

Fifth studio album from Sweden's premier metal band and it's obvious that the old adage of 'If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It' were the first words that were mentioned when it came to the writing sessions. If you liked the band before then you still will do now, if you didn't then there's still nothing here to interest you. Mainman Fredrik Nordstrom (aka Ritchie Rainbow.....see what he did there) alongside lead singer Niklas Isfeldt (aka Nick Knight) still tend to dominate the songwriting credits though it seems that everyone has an input of some sort. As such the musical blueprint remains intact from 2007's 'United' release and pretty much follows the same pattern every album Dream Evil have created so far. The riffs, courtesy of Nordstrom and new band member Daniel Varghamne, sear the eyes and blister the ears whilst the solos are short but effective. Drummer Pat Power deserves a special mention this time round as his performance holds everything together but still gives him room to express himself with some nice fills. Isfeldt's mid register vocals (he is actually one of the better singers operating in the power metal field at the moment) suit the material perfectly and he is still capable of delivering a Halford like wail when necessary.

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A track by track rundown would be a worthless exercise but with titles such as 'Immortal', 'Bang Your Head', 'Mean Machine' and 'Kill, Burn, Be Evil' you'll have a fair idea of what to expect. The only exception to the rule this time round is 'The Ballad'. Containing a dig at former drummer Snowy Shaw it's a tongue in cheek, almost Eurovision like, slow song that will leave you smiling or groaning at some of the worst possible love-related lyrics.......”We are made of metal, Our hearts are made of steel, Even if we're stained with blood, We got that sex appeal”. Priceless! Every song on 'In The Night' has a memorable chorus and even my 11 year old son was singing along after only one spin. Try and track down the limited edition digibook version as it contains 2 bonus tracks.....nothing particularly invigorating, just more Evil for your money! Is it cheesy...yes. Is it clichéd.....totally. Does it push back any musical boundaries.....definitely not. Is it fun....unquestionably. Is it entertaining...without a doubt. IS IT METAL.......LIKE POLISHED STEEL!! 

Dave Bott


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