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REVOICED

Dreamscape

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4 stars This is a compilation of some of Dreamscapes songs from their first two albums, re-recorded with the current line-up (at the time).

Fans of Dream Theater will love what Dreamscape have to offer. Very technical and heavy songs and lots of melodies. One of the things I like a lot about Dreamscape is that however heavy their music gets, it still retains a beautiful melody throughout, as opposed to heavier, more aggressive riffs. That's not to say this is Soft Rock in any way, these guys can shred with the best of 'em.

Most of the songs on this album are great, but a few of them have their low points. Though none of the songs are bad, some of them just aren't as memorable. Maybe it's just a case of the album running too long and that the masterpieces overshadow the other songs? Either way, there isn't any particular bad song, so it's a great album to check out. Especially some true gems like 'Thorn in My Mind', 'Alone', 'Winter Dreams' and 'When Shadows Are Gone'.

Excellent vocals and dazzling guitar/keyboard work make this a group not to be missed. I think the melodic nature of the band makes it easier for people to get into. So if you're not into stuff like Dream Theater and Symphony X, but do like your progressive music, then give Dreamscape a go.

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Send comments to Valarius (BETA) | Report this review (#188360)
Posted Saturday, November 08, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is a re-recording of best songs from Dreamscape's first albums with a new vocalist. A pretty good one, I might add, slightly accented, but strong and emotional and without high pitched histrionics. A more manly La Brie, if you will.

At this point, Dreamscape is fairly compact prog metal. Songs are about 5 minutes length, with ample changes of mood, but no over-complicated song structures or lengthy solos. On subsequent albums they would get longer and even more intense and emotional. Dreamscape could reasonably be called Dreamtheater clone - a very good clone - if the band's leader didn't insist he formed it before anyone heard of Dreamtheater.

Anyway, Dreamscape distinguishes itself in this over-populated genre by doing very good contrasts in the music - thrash and melodic metal, heavy verse-light choruses (or vice versa), crushing guitar riffs and very diverse keyboards (in fact, keys are as much of a highlight as the guitar, doing both beautiful piano lines and dark atmospherics, playing independent melodies along with the guitar, not just complementing it).

The first albums, if rated independently, probably deserve a 3 star. But as a compilation of the better songs, this album and the even better 5th Season album (convincing 5 stars) are the ones from Dreamscape that I would keep.

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Posted Monday, July 08, 2013 | Review Permalink

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