SPELLBOUND DAZZLE – Unreal Fairy Tales

SPELLBOUND DAZZLE - Unreal Fairy Tales
  • 8.5/10
    SPELLBOUND DAZZLE - Unreal Fairy Tales - 8.5/10


Limited Access Records
Release date: January 28, 2011

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With the rising of Spellbound Dazzle, there is (sort of) a new beginning to what it was called Alternative Metal. The average Metalhead, if open-minded, might find something interesting in the Spellbound Dazzle’s new album, Unreal Fairy Tales. Even though there is a close resemblance to older Modern Metal acts such as Faith No More (with Mike Patton on vocals), Incubus (not the old school Death / Thrash band), and System Of A Down, there are other things to consider.

Possibly the greatest thing about Unreal Fairy Tales, above and beyond the pompous production by Siggi Bemm, is the fact that it goes beyond being a conventional Metal album. Tradition doesn’t count here. The guys of Spellbound Dazzle wanted to get out of the box to find other meanings for their music. They found those by adding amazingly Melodic & Progressive touches, Folk and Polka rhythms. In addition, to mash things up for the kick of it, they toggled in humor and a dose of fun. Just to emphasize this point, take a crack at “Ruska”, “Rullo”, “Intro” & “Outro”, and the mighty “Spaceman”. However, especially with the guitar section, this brand of Modern Metal turns out to be basic as hell. This fact causes so many of the riffs to come back and forth on some of the tracks. Progressiveness might have worked out well for these guys, yet that trait only appears for a few moments.

Besides the stereotype of Modern Metal regarding riffages, Spellbound Dazzle are in the zone. If you put those riffs aside, they were able to inject more life to their groovy heaviness. For that, you might pay attention to “Goodbye My Love”, “W.I.T.M.S. (When I Touch Myself)”, “Monster”, and “The Foolin’ Of Each Other”. Unreal Fairy Tales is at its best when insanely low end riffs come to play with a live spirit that can love as well as it can crush. With Spellbound Dazzle on the loose, you might reconsider your definition of Alternative Metal of the 21st Century.


  1. Intro
  2. Goodbye My Love 1
  3. The Foolin’ Of Each Other
  4. SBD
  5. So Close
  6. Monster
  7. In My Room
  8. Rullo
  9. Spaceman
  10. W.I.T.M.S. (When I Touch Myself)
  11. Ruska
  12. Outro


  • Lior Stein

    Lior was a reviewer, DJ and host for our Thrash Metal segment called Terror Zone, based out of Haifa, Israel. He attributes his love of Metal to his father, who got him into bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Boston, and Queen. When he was in junior high he got his first Iron Maiden CD, The Number Of The Beast. That's how he started his own collection of albums. Also, he's the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Thrash Metal band Switchblade. Most of his musical influences come from Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Overkill, and Annihilator.

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