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Dream Zone - Lars Björn - 4 stars
Dream Zone - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


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Dream Zone

Dream Zone
(Frontiers - 2009)


This is the second album from On The Rise. Many things has happened since Norwegian band On The Rise launched their debut in 2003. Now it is time for the second album Dream Zone. When the first CD gave a promising foundation many surprises came when all the band members left, and the founder of On The Rise, Terje Eide from Bergen, Norway is now alone in the band. It didn't stop him from working with this second attempt. He gets help from Christian Wolff who plays keyboard, guitar and bass in the studio. Finally Erik Engebretsen and Eric Ragno helped out on drums and keyboards.
The style is melodic pop-rock, but apart from the booster-guitar inflated title track Dream Zone, the rest of the songs are not so convincing. Lets hope that Terje Eide gets more control of the band and gets a steady formation that can share the responsibility and efforts to make a better album next time.


4 stars

Lars Björn
 

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Dream Zone

Dream Zone
(Frontiers - 2009)


Norwegian act On The Rise release a debut album in 2002 and now they are back with Dream Zone, a melodic rock / metal album.
They open up with Lifeline, a catchy rocker which has some elements of 80's Scandinavian melodic metal. A very good start into Dream Zone! The title track will soon hook you up! A very cool track with great guitar play. For Edellyn On The Rise slows down and presents a ballad with great harmony vocals. Keyboard opens up the heavy Alive where heavy riffs add some heaviness. The song reminds me a bit of Treat... Perhaps it's the harmony vocals - and keyboard parts. One of the highlights is Why Wait Another Day, again great guitar play and quite catchy. What more can you ask for? And why Find A Way just found it's way onto the album as a bonus track, I don't get! I think this catchy tune should have deserved better!
In a nutshell, this album is pure fun to listen to! No fillers, just a lot great tunes with cool guitar play and harmony vocals.
Fans of melodic rock or Scandinavian melodic metal should give it a try. But also AOR fans who like some heavy riffs will fall in love with this one! You won't be disappointed, just listen to Lifeline, In The Line Of Fire, No Time To Loose and Edellyn.


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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