Dream Troll – ‘The Witch’s Curse’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:40

Dream Troll artworkLeeds-based five-piece Dream Troll were the subject of a bizarre news story last April. When their childhood friend Richard Burgon (who happens to be a Labour MP) made a guest appearance on one of their songs, they were pounced upon by the tabloid press who mistakenly believed them to be a white power band. The allegation was quickly dismissed as nonsense by anyone with a modicum of sense and listening to this EP, you have to wonder exactly what anyone could find threatening about them? They’re a group of proud New Wave Of British Heavy Metal devotees and about as far from metal’s darker side as it’s possible to get. But even Iron Maiden were called Satanists once, so maybe it’s just part of making it in this industry.


Now that the brief fling with notoriety has calmed down, they’ve delivered ‘The Witch’s Curse,’ a record steeped in tradition that’s full of galloping guitar riffs, driving rhythms and lyrics drawn from high fantasy novels. It’s divided into three songs but it’s essentially one big story, telling an epic tale of love, betrayal and revenge.


It’s also surprisingly weighty. Despite only being an EP, it runs for almost twenty-three minutes and gives you a lot of value for money. It might be cheesy, but play it through your headphones and it’s very easy to get lost in the unfolding saga of mighty heroes and huge battles for the fate of the world. They could perhaps do with easing off the vocals occasionally as singer Paul Walsh’s pipes do tend to dominate things and it would be nice to really hear the guitars let rip, but otherwise this is a fun throwback that’s hard not to like.


This has all been done before back in the Eighties, but Dream Troll pull it off with enough panache to make it engaging. It’s the sort of things the characters from Stranger Things would listen to when not being hunted by inter-dimensional beings. Not the cool characters who wear denim and all the hot mums want to sleep with though, just the nerds. This is metal for nerds.


Plus, any genuine Nazis coming to this expecting tributes to the Waffen SS are going to be incredibly pissed off - and that’s always a bonus.


‘The Witch’s Curse’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.




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