DIARY OF DREAMS
ONE OF 18 ANGELS
ALBUM METROPOLIS RELEASE: MARCH 7, 2000 REVIEW: APRIL 24, 2000

Diary of Dreams, the brainchild of Adrian Hates, is a band with an extensive repertoire and also a band Iíve heard sporadically and liked, but havenít had the time or motivation to investigate thoroughly. When time came for the fifth album "One of 18 Angels", I got it for review and had no choice but to sit down and really listen, to imbibe the essence of a new acquaintance. For that I am thankful. Very thankful.
As I listen through the album, an overwhelming sense of anticipation arises, growing stronger the more I listen. And itís not until "One of 18 Angels" ends, with a content buzz, that a feeling of harsh disharmony creeps upon me, like cold raindrops running down my spine. I find myself carefully reading the Diary of Dreams, time and time again without losing an ounce of fascination. Adrian Hates and friends create a musical multiplicity, with roots in very dark, fateful electropop, goth and more aggressive synthesized works.
The voice of Adrian Hates is quite typical for the genre, but still holds great amounts of intensity and authority. "One of 18 Angels" is a very held-together piece, lacking moments of weakness; instead displaying eleven well executed tracks, with peaks in "Butterfly:dance!", "Chemicals" and "Now This Is Human". If listened to at the wrong state of mind, the fifth Diary of Dreams disc may not have the desirable impact, itís no sunshine story, but at the right time and place itís a short and powerful seventy minutes.

NIKLAS FORSBERG


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