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Dreamaker - Enclosed - Arise Records - 2005

Track Listing
1) I Live My Own Life
2) Reverse Universe
3) Over The Edge
4) Living In Fear
5) The End Of Your Suicide
6) Innocent Blood
7) W.W.666
8) Face To Face
9) Enclosed
10) Perfect Soul
11) Take Me Higher
12) Promised Heaven
In an atmosphere of symphonic/gothic/operatic bands, Dreamaker is one of the few female-fronted bands that play Helloween/Gamma Ray style power metal with the ability of the big guys. They formed after band members Elisa C. Martin (vocals), Albert Maroto (guitar) and Jorge Sez (drums) broke away from fellow Spaniards Dark Moor who play a more orchestrated, stuffy version of the same style. Their main weapon, of course, is vocalist Elisa C. Martin who is no wilting flower when it comes to vocal power.

With this second CD "Enclosed", gone are the mid-paced songs from the last release "Human Device" that weighed it down for a faster, more aggressive overall tone. The entire CD has less of the expansive guitar riffs and a more compressed, straitforward metal sound with racing rhythms and a lot of attitude. Some extreme metal influence is in this one with a touch of black vocals and some ultra-fast drum pattern work which is always on the edge of losing control. As strong as she sings, though, "Enclosed" is missing the love songs and softer vocals that Elisa sings so beautifully, but it makes up for it with an in-your-face drive throughout. The band could develope their lead guitar melodies more, but this one is a better effort than the last CD.

With Elisa at the helm, Dreamaker is arguably one of the best female-fronted power metal groups. If you prefer you Euro-metal to charge non-stop, fast and furious, give this one a try.

Score: 8 of 10

Site: www.dreamaker.net


--Nailer 03.03.05
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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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EnclosedDreamaker
2005
Frank Hill3/4/2005
Human DeviceDreamaker
2004
Frank Hill3/29/2004


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