As far as childrenís metal goes, I donít think you can get any more exemplary than Germanyís Freedom Call. Seriously, this is some of the most gay, whimsical, fruity music youíre likely to ever find in the metal pantheon. If you leave a Freedom Call CD on the ground, youíre likely to find a peach tree growing there before long.
But all this musicís being sissified and la-de-da doesnít mean itís not good. On the contrary, Freedom Call has been putting out highly accomplished albums in this genre since the bandís inception. The results have always been highly polished, with excellent singing and catchy choruses.
Dimensions, thankfully, sees Freedom Call going back to a more jovial style. Their last album, Eternity, while good, saw them starting to throw in some "harsh" vocals. And if thereís anything more silly than a childrenís power metal band, itís a childrenís power metal band trying to sound hard. This new album is perhaps a little more edgy than their very light-hearted and fun second record, Crystal Empire, but keep things in perspective ó itís very on par. Freedom Call knows how to infuse its songs with a great deal of energy and carefree enjoyment. Just leave your brain at the door.
Stylistically, think a good deal of Helloween, but more simple, and with a tra-la-la vibe. The drums sound a lot like Gamma Ray (it is the same drummer, after all)... you could say Freedom Call is the best of both worlds (the two German power metal giants we just mentioned) of the super incestuous German scene, but stripped down. Break out the cotton candy. (6.5/10)
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