Dream Makers - The Codex - The Codex
Label: Locomotive Records - LM589 • Format: CD Album • Country: Spain • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
With a Penguins - Lyle Lovett - 6/18 Songs From The Album I Love Everybody ear for melody and catchy choruses, Magnus Karlsson continues the trend seen with all of his previous work here with this album.
The guitar sound is big with touches of neo-classical elements and a little progressive metal feel to enrich the sound of this little gem. The album kicks off with a great track entitled Beyond The Dark. Mark Boals' voice sounds amazing and brings the listener back to some of the work he did for Yngwie Malmsteen namely the classic Trilogy album from the 80's.
Classic Dream Makers - The Codex - The Codex heavy metal can be found with tracks like Toxic Kiss and Prisoner with Toxic Kiss making great use of the classic 80's Accept riffing styles complete with wild Wolf Hoffmann like lead guitar fills.
The Prisoner uses a slower tempo riff pattern with Mark Boals delivering one of the most emotional and catchy chorus sections to be found on this album. There's a sense of a very formulaic style after the first 5 songs or so but Magnus throws a curve ball at you with the one-two punch of Dream Makers and Whole Again.
Dream Makers uses a mix of light and heavy sounds with a more dreamy-like atmosphere for the verse sections. The continued amazing melodic sense is ever present with a track that has a Dream Makers - The Codex - The Codex different feel than the rest of the album. Whole Again seems like the obligatory power ballad at the onset but slowly evolves into a very solid and emotionally charged song with another huge chorus.
A little more modern feel is on the menu with Mistress Of Deatha track that uses de-tuned guitars, wah lead guitar and a little Pulling Us Down - The Exploited - Death Before Dishonour influence with the melodies.
The album finishes with the chugging, thematic riff filled You Can Have It All and the more progressive edged Garden Of Griefa track that mixes heaviness and melody with just the right amount of atmospheric qualities to form a rock solid foundation for Mark Boals' vocals. The combination of great songs, amazing vocals by Mark Boals and Magnus' cranked up power chord riffing strikes an almost perfect balance with this album.
Each and every track very quickly establishes a mood or atmosphere that is carried right through to the end. Magnus shows an awesome grasp on melody and how to accent it just right with a heavy metal sound. Everything is in the right place whether it be the riff breaks, lead fills or other harmonic accents. Even though this album is big on melodies and choruses, it still rocks hard and reminds me of Dokken and Scorpions in the 80's when they were kings of that style of melodic heavy metal.
Magnus Karlsson is the new king of melodic heavy metal and it's been a long time since I've heard an album so full of catchy choruses and melody lines. Although there are a few tracks that fall a bit short over others, they are still very good with no filler to be found whatsoever on this album. As great as this album is, it's just a couple of Dream Makers - The Codex - The Codex shy of a masterpiece Last one on Mon Feb 18, am View and Post comments.
The Codex - The Codex. Reviewed by Marty. Does this guy ever sleep? Not only is he the driving force behind Last Tribehe enlisted two of the best voices in metal namely Russell Allen Symphony X and Jorn Lande ex- Masterplan to contribute vocals to The Battle and The Revenge ; two of the better melodic hard rock Dream Makers - The Codex - The Codex to come out in recent years.
Composed and produced entirely by Magnus Karlsson, the pairing of his melodic heavy metal style with the great voice of Mark Boals is a marriage made in heaven for melodic heavy metal fans. There are 9 replies to this review. Previous Next. You did not vote yet.