Let Me Dream - "Medley Rain"
By Marcus Pan
Formerly Congestion, Let Me Dream has been playing and
recording throughout Finland for nigh on a decade. A number of demos as well as
a full-length CD, "My Dear Succubus" through Adipocere Records (France),
precedes the mini-disc of "Medley Rain," a four track collection of dark
pop/metal with clear influences from guitar-driven NWOBHM music of the mid
80's. Let Me Dream has appeared on Finnish Much Music in mid-1998 and the band
has toured extensively with others of their ilk. News from Let Me Dream says we
should be expecting a new release in June through Italy's Nocturnal Music
label. Entitled "Grayscale," Jani admits they're a little behind schedule but
still hopes to have the album out by the end of the summer (1999).
Although demos and various other releases of a not-so-public
nature have been put out by Let Me Dream, "Medley Rain" is their first official
release since their 1995 debut through Adipocere Records. Jani,
guitarist/vocalist for the band, describes his band as "gothic/dark metal," and
that's an excellent description. Other members of Let Me Dream include Marko
Tuominen (bass/vocals), Jari Koskela (Strings/Keyboards) and Janne Peltoranta
(drums/vocals). I've already mentioned that their style is similar to the
NWOBHM takeover of the mid 80's. To clarify, I would say influences to their
sound would be old heavy metal favorites like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and
the like. It's old school Ozzy with more keyboards and melody. The vocalists
provide either a deep, melodic bass sound (lower than nearly all others I've
heard) or a growling incantation style.
The second track on this release, "Windride," is my
favorite. The keyboards provide a driving force to this tune, falling to the
background during the lyrics and then driving through and pushing the song
along forcefully with a scale-driven melody. The guitars do the same, but I
think the keyboards stand out because of their higher octave - they stand out
for this or some other reason anyway. The vocalists suddenly switch part way
through the song going from the low-bass drone of one to the growl of another.
It takes you completely by surprise and whisks you away.
Following "Windride" is "Julia," one of the best metallic
love songs I've heard in a long, long time. Taking poetic, Shakespearean lyrics
and wrapping around them standard guitar-driven rock and roll melodies, "Julia"
is a great song. Some criticism for Let Me Dream is few - but there. The lower
bass vocals, while appealing and well done, need to be raised a bit on the
volume scale. The use of such a low voice obscures vocal sounds and makes
lyrics harder to hear and understand. This could be overcome by upping the
lever on the vocals just a bit. It didn't bother me in any song more than it
did in Julia - a song that's dependant on its lovesick story.
Let Me Dream has a strong, albeit short (only four tracks),
release with "Medley Rain" and I'm therefore looking forward to their upcoming
release of "Grayscale." I enjoy their style - it takes me back to the days
where I'd sneak a smoke out in back of the school during gym while listening to
Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" or "Seventh Son" clad from head to toe in
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