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MASQUERADE

Dreams Of Sanity

Progressive Metal


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3.36 | 5 ratings | 4 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Opera (instr.) 1:45
2. The Phantom of the Opera 4:42
3. Masquerade act 1 10:58
4. Masquerade act 2 6:33
5. Masquerade - Interlude 4:13
6. Masquerade act 3 4:20
7. Masquerade act 4 4:44
8. Within (The Dragon) 6:12
9. The Maiden and the River 6:35
10. Lost Paradise `99 4:31

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Line-up / Musicians

- Sandra Schleret / vocals
- Christian K. Marx / guitar
- Andreas Wildaur / guitar
- Michael Knoflach / bass
- Frederic Heil / keybaord
- Harald Obexer / drums

Releases information

Hall of Sermon, CD 7062, 1999

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DREAMS OF SANITY Masquerade ratings distribution


3.36
(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
20%
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Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars Holy God, who is singing?!!!

The god-like TILO WOLFF from LACRIMOSA!!! He recites the male role in "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" song (originally taken from Webber's opera surely), and this automatically gives the album 3 stars!!! Just kidding here...Really, this one is better than the previous one (mainly due to the grown amount of memorable melodies) - Tilo helped his Swiss friends not only in this song, his hand is felt through the rest of the album (it is also released through his label HALL OF SERMON). "Masquerade" is created in the same way as "Komodia" - unfrequent tempo changes,emotional female singing, lush orchestration...Imagine LACRIMOSA grown a bit more proggier but less melodical - you'll get DREAMS OF SANITY. Definetely not a Must-Have unless you're not a LACRIMOSA fan. I am (in the same time I ain't Prog Metal fan in general)...so I have this one and the other ones too. Good band after all - while Tilo went experimentating with electronical stuff, I'd rather prefer him doing things like DoS did. I'd wish them to reunite really.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Excellent second efford by this Austrian band (which, by the way, never got the recognition they deserved). their version of The Phantom Of The Opera is the best I ever heard: great vocals by Sandra Schleret and Tilo Wolf (guesting from Lacrimosa), fine arrangement and total respect for the original version. This track beats Nightwish´s version easily (and I´m a huge fan of Nightwish!). The band is in fine form and I specially love Frederic Heil´s lush keyboards. The guy is simply amazing for his prowness and tasteful symphonic arrangements. Masquerade part 1 is another highlight with all band members delivering a stunning perfomance (again I should point Heil´s outstanding keyboard work, his piano solo in the middle section is absolute amazing in its simplicity and beauty).

It is only a pity that this fine group could not hold a stable line up. If they stayed together for a few more releases I´m sure they would be as big as any other prog metal legend. Schleret is a very underrated singer, with an fantastic operatic voice that works very well in other styles. Guitars, bass and drums are all well balanced and produce a wall of sound that scapes from most power metal cliches. Masquerade is a great leap forward when compared to their first (and good) release. they simply never sounded better, original and convincing. The production could be a tad better, but it is good anyway, and there are no fillers. all songs are varied and interesting, though I think some parts are better than others, as usual. And, to wrap up it all, the cover is simply beautiful.

Masquerade is the kind of CD that will please many different kinds of listeners: metal, prog, goth, etc. It´s simply a great piece fo music, hard to label, but easy to love it. 4,5 stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars After a fairly messy and raw debut, Dreams of Sanity are back with 'Masquerade', an album where the band really refined their sound, and while the songwriting would still be lacking in places, it certainly laid the blueprint for their next album, which would go on to be their best (and sadly, fi ... (read more)

Report this review (#1786894) | Posted by martindavey87 | Monday, September 25, 2017 | Review Permanlink

3 stars One of the few symphonic goth metal albums worthy any attention. I am neither a fan of overblown symphonic goth metal or it's leading band Nightwish. Actually, I cannot stand their Nightwish and their music. But Masquerade is an entirely different entity again. The music is loosely based o ... (read more)

Report this review (#269979) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, March 7, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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