DREAM SPIRIT

Folk Metal • China
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Dream Spirit (梦灵 in Chinese) are a folk / heavy metal band from China. Formed in 2005, they have released two studio albums so far: Mountains and Rivers (2014) and General Triumphant (2017). In addition, the band have released a couple of live albums, a compilation and a EP.
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DREAM SPIRIT 江山 (Mountains and Rivers) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
江山 (Mountains and Rivers)
Folk Metal 2014
DREAM SPIRIT 将·军 (General Triumphant) album cover 3.92 | 2 ratings
将·军 (General Triumphant)
Folk Metal 2017

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DREAM SPIRIT 朝歌 (Ancient Poems) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
朝歌 (Ancient Poems)
Folk Metal 2015

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DREAM SPIRIT 破晓 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
破晓
Folk Metal 2016
DREAM SPIRIT Live in Ragnarock Open Air 2015 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Ragnarock Open Air 2015
Folk Metal 2016

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逐途
Folk Metal 2016

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DREAM SPIRIT 将·军 (General Triumphant)

Album · 2017 · Folk Metal
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It is true that nowadays metal music has spread throughout the world, and never before had it been so popular. Countries like China, however, still remain quite unknown in the metal scene. Proof of this is provided by the Encyclopaedia Metallum, where less than 300 Chinese metal bands are listed on the database. What is more, very few of these bands, such as “Tang Dynasty” or “Suffocated”, are really known in the West.

Despite the fact that “Dream Spirit” was formed in 2005, they didn’t release their debut studio album, “Mountains and Rivers”, until 2014. Three years later, this Chinese metal band present the world their second work: “General Triumphant”.

As the title suggests, this is a concept album which focuses on a fictional ancient general and his adventures (military, political, etc.). A detailed explanation of the album's background given by the band can be found at the end of the review, if anyone is interested.

General Triumphant consists of 44 min of pure Chinese folk metal blended with traditional heavy metal and symphonic metal elements, although the latter are relegated to a second place. Nevertheless, they are predominant and effectively used in the opening track to set the mood, along with traditional Chinese musical instruments.

On the one hand, the instrumental work is excellent. Every song is well-structured, the riffs and guitars verses are solid and catchy, and the album features various great, technical and melodic guitar solos. On the other hand, and this is probably the major drawback, the vocals feel somewhat lacklustre, even though a wide variety of vocal range is used on the album –even some death metal growls. If I had to pick one song among all, I would undoubtedly choose “Of Daggers and Men”. It is precisely this track the one that encompasses all the assets of this record: beautiful folk melodies, catchy choruses, solid riffing and proficient guitar solos.

All in all, General Triumphant is an interesting and enjoyable album recommended for folk metal fans and for those who want to discover new bands from distant countries like China. Hopefully, Dream Spirit will make a name for themselves in the following years.

Background information of the album: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dreamspirit-cn/general-triumphant-about-the-album/1522997844431981/

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