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Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains

From the land of Sweden comes this promising five-piece progressive metal band. Their debut CD is a powerful take on the grand style of epic metal filled with double bass drums, speed-of-light guitar riffs, sweeping keyboards, melodic high pitched vocals, and fantasy themed lyrics. The band obviously wears their influences on their sleeves, notably Rhapsody, Yngwie Malmsteen, Edguy, Symphony X, and perhaps classic Rainbow, but add enough of their own style to make things interesting.

There are plenty of manic metal tunes here that will please every fan of the genre, such as the dynamic "Storming Across Heaven", which showcases the impressive vocal talents of drummer Jonas Heidgert and the chunky guitar playing of Nicklas Magnusson and Olof Morck. The two are a formidable duo, and when they are not weaving intricate solos around each other the guitarists indulge in savage duels with keyboard player Elias Holmlid. Fans of concept albums will love the complex tale of warriors doing battle to save their homeland, which reads like a J.R.R Tolkien story. The band does a great job of mixing epic sounds to perfectly compliment the lyrical content, but doesn't go overboard as a band like Rhapsody tends to on ocassion.

In a time where the world is so focused on terrorism and a slumping economy, it's nice to dive into a piece of music that can take you away from current events for an hour. The Battle of the Ivory Plains will do just that, and we can thank Dragonland for supplying a classical metal gem filled with great songwriting and musical muscle. Free the Dragonland!

Added: December 22nd 2001
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Dragonland Homepage
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Language: english

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Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains
Posted by The real Elias Holmlid on 2004-07-21 15:16:34
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Hahaha... I haven't posted the first message here... :D

Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-06 01:16:02
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uh, i post my message for my band now. ten is good score, no? i do it over and over all anonymously so you no think it is me. see, me in good band.
elias homlid
synthesizers
holmlid@swipnet.se

Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-12-22 10:17:09
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Although the Keyboardist is the lousiest i have ever heard in my life, makes me wanna laugh...

Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-12-22 10:14:47
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Well if you listen more closely to the other guitarist you'll hear lots of better skills there, the guy is a sweeping whammy bar genius...
Olle is quite good but Nicklas blows him away directly, read the interview with Nicklas in latest Fuzz magazine!!!

Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-12-22 10:11:48
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I, like many, think that Olof Morck will be the next Malmsteen! Only 18 years of age when the album was recorded, still better than many guitarrists get in a lifetime... amazing

Dragonland: The Battle of the Ivory Plains
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-12-22 10:08:09
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Hell yeah, this album is an absolute MASTERPIECE i love dragonland, eagerly awaiting the next album now :O))




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