Metal is alive and well in Sweden. If you don't believe me, all you have to do is pick up this masterful bit of mayhem called Evil Never Sleeps. From the soaring vocals of Esa Englund to the blazing guitar work of Ola Berg, this album is one that will keep you noggin bumping for the duration or until major headaches occur.
With a nod to the likes of Dio and a little bit of Iron Maiden thrown in, Silverdollar is a likely candidate to claim the crown of heavy metal. It has the perfect blend of high energy and an occasional foray into the realm of majestic melodic metal as in the superior "Gracious Calling" or the absolutely brilliant "Leave It All Behind".
When the band decides to tear it up, they do so with reckless abandon as to the well-being of the listener. "Hollow", with its churning guitar and soaring vocals open the album and your ears as they announce to the world that Silverdollar is here. Or on the aptly named "Unleash Hell" which opens the pits to heavy metal Hades for sure!
But for my money, it's when they get down and nasty that the band shines. "Parasite" is brutal metal that hammers you senseless. Pounding drums by Mats Hjerp along with the thrashing that Ola gives you with his Gibson are just what the metalhead's doctor ordered!
This is the type of album that will never be far from your player. It's the kind of stuff that keeps pulling you back for more and more. Good heavy metal is hard to come by. When you do come across a disc such as this, cherish it. There are far too few that can bridge the gap between the old and new with such a terrific style and flair!!
3. Unleash Hell
4. Gracious Calling
5. Hollywood Forever
6. Leave It All Behind
7. You Got Me Wrong
8. Rising Son
9. In This Year Of Grace