“To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high.”
–"In Flanders Fields", Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae–
The famous excerpt of the 1919 war poem could as well be written for DREAMSHADE, by the reigning kings of modern melodic metal.
The rules and ring ropes of Dreamshade's musical style were laid down in southern Sweden. In the beginning the style was called “Gothenburg metal”, “melodic death metal” or “Swe-death” but before long, the music traveled across the Atlantic, fused with the melodic variant of hardcore and, in the USA, got a new name, “metalcore”. Now, it has returned to Europe, popped up in Lugano, Switzerland, and needs to be renamed once more.
Now it’s called “Frighteningly Awesome Metal”.
It is only once in a blue moon that you get to hear such a leap of improvement between a band’s debut and their sophomore album, but on “The Gift Of Life” Dreamshade present the sound of progression. New singer Kevin Calì (who has been in the band since October 2011) has indeed brought to the band "The Gift Of Life". Whereas the debut album “What Silence Hides” showcased the energy, musicianship and technical prowess of a young up-and-coming group, more song oriented in nature, the emotively powerful "The Gift Of Life" not only has the chops, but also the hooks, the melodies, the catchiness and the expressiveness that separate the leaders of the genre from the followers. With “The Gift Of Life” Dreamshade take their place in the front line of international metal.
Formed in 2006, Dreamshade built their first lineup for more than a year. 2 years later they released their debut EP "To The Edge Of Reality" and played at some of the most prestigious Euro festivals such as MetalCamp 2008 and 2009, Summer Breeze Open Air 2009, Metalfest 2010 and more.
In September 2010 the band signed with Spinefarm Records/Universal Music. January 26th of 2011 saw the release of the band’s debut album "What Silence Hides" worldwide. The record was mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Sweden and mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York, USA. A special edition of the album containing a bonus track "It's Worth A Try" was later released by Universal Music Japan. 3 videos were shot: "Wide Awake", "Eternal" and "Miles Away". After the release Dreamshade promoted the album in several European festivals all through 2011 including Finnish Metal Expo, Metalfest, Rock Hard Festival, Basinfirefest, Rock Harz and Kavarna Rock Fest.
During the summer of 2012 they recorded their 2nd album "The Gift Of Life" (which will drop on January 25th, 2013). The production and recording of "The Gift Of Life" was done in the band's own studio while Jacob Hansen (Denmark) took care of the mixing and mastering.