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4 stars It's been quite a while since I've been listening to progressive metal ever since I've gotten tired of listening to much of it and since I've been exploring new things, so I decided to go back and star to dig up progressive metal bands I haven't heard and while searching I found Dreamscape's 5th Season, an album that has a similar sound to Dream Theater and Symphony X. Though I must admit I like this one more than Dream Theater and Symphony X.

5th Season is the last album to feature Roland Stoll on vocals, Benno Schmidtler on bass, and Jan Vacik on the keys and is the first to feature drummer Michael Shwager. The album doesn't quite bring anything new to the whole progressive metal genre but it has some decent melodies that make the album worth listening to. It is composed of 9 songs with average length all running between the 4 to 7 minutes long and a 14 minute long epic.

I could say that 5th Season starts getting good after the first two songs. These songs are a bit boring specially Borderline which totally reminds me of the song Undecided from James Labrie's Elements of Persuasion. Stand out tracks like 5th Season itself, Déjà Vu, Somebody and Point Zero make this album really stand out from the rest of my other progressive metal albums. On the other hand, the best songs of the album would have to be Phenomenon and Different. These two have similar riffs to DT's Train of Thought, though they have a more melodic approach. The sound is so deep and powerful especially Phenomenon in the lines "Fall into something so beautiful, too unreal, too far away to believe". As for Farewell, it is a closing ballad (I think it should e called that) and just by reading the name you can tell what it sounds like and what it is about. It's not that bad though.

In overall 5th Season is indeed a decent progressive metal album with a similar sound to bands mentioned above. Dreamscape is a great progressive metal band with a very melodic approach. If you're a fan of Dream Theater, Symphony X, even Andromeda or James Labrie's solo work you're definitely are going to like this one.

Great Prog Metal! 4.3 For me!

burritounit | 4/5 |


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