Swedish Heavy Metal band Dream Evil have dropped their sixth album playfully named Six via Century Media Records.
DREAM EVIL – “SIX” (51:33):
1. Dream Evil (05:19)
2. Antidote (03:24)
3. Sin City (04:55)
4. Creature Of The Night (04:43)
5. Hellride (03:41)
6. Six Hundred And 66 (03:40)
7. How To Start A War (04:18)
8. The Murdered Mind (03:13)
9. Too Loud (03:45)
10. 44 Riders (04:57)
11. Broken Wings (04:09)
12. We Are Forever (05:11)
The Album is available on CD, Digital Download, Vinyl with Poster and bonus CD as well as a limited edition version on Mediabook CD format which includes 2 bonus tracks and 3 stickers.
The anticipation for the night was clear as soon as the doors were thrown open on the London venue. You Me At Six have been away in a studio for the last year and a half and it seems they mean business more than ever in their tenth year as a band, and it is clear they have come this far with very, very hard work. The crowd on the O2 Empire was a fraction of the size of the arena shows they were playing early last year with All Time Low, but the atmosphere was far more electric in the smaller room.
Opening up for the Surrey rockers was Vant, an indie rock band from the city itself. Their fairly aggressive and rough styling in their tracks like The Answer and Time & Money went down well in the room, and there is almost a sense of early You Me At Six about their presence and sound. They finished up the set with fan favourite Do You Know Me? which actually gained a small singalong from those die-hard fans making it to the show to support the /band, ending a very successful set for a band who are only yet to grow further. [7/10]
With the crowd ready and waiting with huge excitement, You Me At Six came out with a slightly surprising choice of playing When We Were Younger which grabbed audience attention and started the build-up of the set. Next however came a slightly disappointing rendition of Bite My Tongue where Josh left Oli Sykes’ vocals to the crowd as opposed to doing them himself as he has previously. They then proceeded to play Fresh Start Fever which started to seem like they were getting back into the swing of their style.
After a little speech greeting the audience for the first time and acknowledging the tenth year of existence as a band, the instrumental for Loverboy was being played by the band behind Josh. The crowd were back on their side after being harassed by bright lighting and extremely muddy sound for the first three tracks and when it broke out fully it was not disappointing, leading to the first huge singalong of the night.
You Me At Six burst through more tracks, hitting a high of the night so far at Stay With Me which led to more singalongs before bringing out Plus One which was its London debut this far. Perhaps surprisingly, this track got an enormous reaction and the crowd were getting more and more into it, especially with the recent release.
Many other fan favourites including Reckless (which ended in a brief When You Were YoungKillers cover), Underdog and set-finisher Too Young To Feel This Old played out to an increasing participation, before the encore of No One Does It Better and Room To Breathe which led to one of the biggest emotional experiences the Empire could have ever seen. They finished with a talk about the new horizon the band now see and a rendition of comeback single Night People and a promise they would be back for a tour next year including a date at Alexandra Palace. It seems the band only see themselves getting bigger from here on in…
Overall, a good night by everyone’s standards that clearly marked the beginning of a new era. You Me At Six have proven themselves to be shifting their sound further and progressing fully. The title track of Night People sums up the era when it says “we get what we need”: the band get everything they want from the crowd and so much more, and their fanbase are carrying them through seamlessly to this incarnation.
Kicking off the night was Nottingham based band On The Open Road. At the start of this set, the turn out seemed to stay quite low but after third track Smooth Sailing there seemed to be more people not only in the crowd but actively getting involved with the band too. As the set wore on, the band let out the Easycore mix they have been bringing for the past year since the release of their EP Storyteller. On The Open Road ended on a high with an energetic crowd and their two best songs Rainy Days and This Is Goodbye (I Tried). [7/10]
Local lads Not Today continued the night, which unfortunately felt very underwhelming following On The Open Road, feeling like one of the weaker sets they’ve played recently. The set started off strong with This Song Sounded Better In My Head and many songs stayed at this consistent level, yet they didn’t seem to take the band to any new heights. Alongside that, a cover of blink-182 mega-hit Dammit fell slightly out of time and it seemed it took an extra song or two to get the crowd re-involved with what was a somewhat energetic set despite it’s flaws. [5/10]
Highlives from Bristol then took to the stage and presented the crowd with what was close to being the best set of the evening. Every song was landing just right with the audience and provided what was a very energetic and enjoyable experience for everyone in the room. Deciding on what was the best song for the band is a hard job as both Walking Blind and Twenty Two created an amazing atmosphere to behold, as the crowd yelled back the words to frontman Liam Edwards. Ending on Better Days, there was a clear love for the music this band are creating from both Highlives and the crowd alike. [9/10]
After a few technical difficulties with guitars, Landmarks finally took the stage and quickly addressed the fact that this was their final ever set. In this moment – alongside many others in the set – the array of emotions was truly felt by every audience member. From the jokes made by bassist Adam and the fact that they brought on stage their old guitarist James McCormick to help them end the set in a memorable way, it created an atmosphere in the room that won’t soon be forgotten.
Starting on Worse for Wear, the band automatically gripped everyone and had words being yelled back from start to end. A highlight of this set was the track Backpacks which led on to 40mg which nicely rounded off the final ever set for Landmarks. On the whole, this set was what it meant to be: an amazing farewell filled with energy and passion from the band and crowd alike. [10/10]
Following on from the bitter sweet end of Landmarks is Six Time Champion, who managed to pick up the ball and get it rolling again with an explosive entrance to their song Lost. As the set went on, there were many highlights that showed just how strong this band are as a whole, not only through their live performances but also through their recorded tracks; Expecting Honesty and Cheek to Cheek were tracks that truly mustered most of the crowd’s energy unless you include their cover of Four Year Strong’sIt Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now. Closing their set was Let Me In, a song that yet again showed the bands pure ability to get a crowd involved with their set and was a perfect end to an evening jam packed with music. [9/10]
You Me At Six have nearly come out of the dark with their plans as they announce their comeback track Night People will be premiered tomorrow night on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac so be sure to tune in from 7 (click here for the Radio 1 Live Player).
TOMORROW NIGHT: Our song Night People will have its first ever play on @BBCR1 Josh & Dan will be in the studio. Tune in #nightpeople
The announcement comes after the revelation of UK/EU tour plans, the details of which you can find here.
The band are coming back since their disappearance a year ago from their social media, with their last release being 2014’s Cavalier Youth. The track Room To Breathe is arguably the best-loved track from that era so watch the video below and drop us a comment for how excited you are for the return of YMAS.
Earlier this afternoon, You Me At Six announced something would be happening on their Facebook and Twitter accounts at 9pm BST tonight (less than an hour’s time from now!) after their silence on social media from 5th August 2015.
Many on social media believe it will be a first single for the follow-up to 2014’s Cavalier Youth, which has been alleged to be a full metal record more reminiscent of their musical influences.
See the full (if brief) announcement tweet below and stay tuned for the announcement itself at 9.