Lucid Dreams: Lucid Dreams

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Lucid Dreams: Lucid Dreams
Hard Rock, Progressive Metal
Self-release
November 9th, 2013
Release length: 45:24
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With a name like Lucid Dreams, one might expect a strictly Power Metal release at any given time. However, that’s not what you get with this six-piece from Oslo, Norway. Instead what you get is a mixture of vintage Hard Rock and Progressive Metal with subtle bits of Heavy Metal thrown in. Among the members of the group you’ll find vocalist Freddy Vain of Trendkiller, as well as drummer Kjell Rune Hagen, former member of Trail of Tears. This endeavour formed back in 2007, and just last year issued their debut self-titled full-length effort independently. But does Lucid Dreams stack up as a solid modern take on what the eighties gave us, or does it fail to leave the slightest impression?

Lucif Dreams has a fairly limited amount of material that would fall into the Heavy Metal genre. “Cassie’s Escape” is your standard eighties Metal offering with some melody thanks to the keyboards and some hooks. The rougher vocals do present a commanding attitude, making a superb performance in the main verses that build to a faster, more enthusiastic chorus that never arrives. While executed well, this song feels a bit restrained, and not the only time this sensation comes through. “Stormy” has a Progressive touch with some riffs that are a little more technical with a far more energetic vocal presence all around. While not bad, the chords used are executed a bit too slow, leaving them begging for some kind of push similar to the pacing of the material behind the guitar solo around three minutes and forty seconds in.

That Progressive touch can be felt throughout the rest of the album as well, but none moreso than “Wanton Conquest.” This one carries some traditional Hard Rock riffs that are a bit lighter, which does take away some of the bite in the main verses. The keyboards and electronic effects are what make it stand out in a way that fans of bands like Pain of Salvation will enjoy. While not the richest offering, it’s undeniably catchy in a laid back way, being a nice jewel in the center of the more prog-sounding cuts of the recording.

But what makes up most of Lucid Dreams is the Hard Rock material, which clearly is the bands strong point. “For Your Love” has a sleek back alley eighties Rock vibe to it with a solid mid-tempo performance that has just the right hint of melody. The hooks sink in pretty quick, using the slight layering of the vocals to their advantage, but it isn’t until the solo that the era on display can really be felt in the atmosphere. Had this been recorded thirty years ago, there’s no denying it would climb the charts on MTV or be performed on stage as direct support to the many Glam Rock bands out there at the time. But then there’s “Daisy Dukes” which gives the seventies Rock style a modern touch. It’s a fun and upbeat performance best left to a feel good summer hit with an infectiously simple drum performance that perfectly compliments the riffs and keyboards. Finally there’s “Lucid Dream,” which is a pretty good ballad piece with a nice build about half way through, giving way to a believable astral backdrop before bringing in some heavier chugging behind a guitar solo.

What Lucid Dreams all boils down to is a mixture of eighties Rock and Metal performances crushed into one largely Progressive sounding release. While it isn’t too original, there are plenty of great performances throughout that act like a love letter to the eighties, all the while maintaining a modern sound to it. The only gripe you can really have is the amount of variety on display. It does try to bring too much into one album, and it can be a distraction as you jump from one take on a style or genre to another despite trying to remain fluid most of the time. Hopefully this is more like a litmus test for Lucid Dreams, and the feedback will help them decide on the direction they want to go in. But, if you’re a sucker for largely laid back material or just generally catchy songs with enough edge at times to assert authority, then Lucid Dreams is something you should consider checking out.

01. Cassie’s Escape – 3:27
02. For Your Love – 4:31
03. Daisy Dukes – 4:15
04. Closing the Deal – 3:12
05. Lucid Dream – 5:01
06. Stormy – 5:19
07. Take Me Away – 4:15
08. Paranoia – 2:57
09. Wanton Conquest – 3:20
10. Light in the Sky – 4:20
11. When I Die – 4:47
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

Lucid Dreams

Physical review copy of this release provided by Lucid Dreams.