JACOBS DREAM - Drama Of The Ages
Can bad be good? In the case of Jacobs Dream, we have an old-fashioned power metal band, consisting of elderly men (at least according to the promo photos, but then it's hard to judge the age of bearded, long-haired men) that took about four years to release their third album Drama Of The Ages. And it's the slightly weak-chested production that eventually lifts their new album above the average glossy melodic power metal production.
Jacobs Dream's roots go back to the late Eighties, when they made music under different names. It is maybe a bit unfortunate that they released their debut at the dawn of the new millennium, but routine alone shows already that this five-piece is living the metal and not just cloning a sound they happen to find fashionable.
The rhythm guitar is a bit understated, the solos sound like taken from the amazing first Chris Poland solo album. In fact, a lot of the music reminds you of the Shrapnel school, also because sometimes Jacobs Dream need up to three minutes before the vocals hit in. New vocalist Chaz Bond does a great job, sounding like a more masculine Darrel Wane. The album is running with twelve songs for more than an hour before a hidden instrumental (and in my opinion quite unnecessary) bonus track closes one of this year's coolest old school heavy metal albums.
I would have liked to be able to read the lyrics, because their record label claims them to be intelligent, and by knowing that Jacobs Dream have a Christian background, it could have been interesting to ponder over their meanings. But then in these times of religious resurgence from the United States in the metal genre (but also in lots of pious hardcore punks around), we rational Europeans should do the sensible thing, concentrate on the music which really is a treat for fans of old Queensryche, Sanctuary, Heir Apparent, Crimson Glory.
The album keeps a constantly high level without leaving space for total killers. This makes it an 8-point album in my book, with a strong recommendation for fans of the old classics that are bored by most of today's revivalist movement.