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3.88 | 13 ratings | 1 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. From The Darkness Of The Sun (10:10)
2. The Train To Coma (Dreamscene I) (2:40)
3. Feelings In Dreamland (8:10)
4. The Cat Is Crying (Dreamscene II) (1:00)
5. Here Inside The Universe (5:11)
6. Camels In Space (Dreamscene III) (2:11)
7. Under Candlelight (8:06)
8. Flight Through My Computer (Dreamscene IV) (1:07)
9. Black Dreams (4:17)
10. Other Candles (Dreamscene V) (2:30)
11. I Wanna Know (5:19)
12. Five Minutes With Geli King (Dreamscene VI) (5:21)
13. Bonus Track: Midnight Tango (Dreamscene VII) (2:03)

Total Time 58:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian Nove / lead vocals, rhythm guitar, programming
- Henry Zscelletschky / keyboards, vocals
- Thomas Jager / guitar
- Dirk Zorn / bass
- Thomas Bunk / drums

- Linda Brown, Geli King : voices

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CD Scene Records 4614-3

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DICE Dreamland ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by kenethlevine
4 stars On this 2000 release, DICE introduces the "dreamscene" series of generally shorter tracks that establish a more meditative mood in between the longer cuts. This is appropriate given the album title, but several subsequent albums perpetuate the "concept". It does serve to give the effort a more conceptual and weighty feel than its predecessors, but really the sound is pretty much intact: accessible space rock with equal measure of catchy tunes, clear if rough cut vocals, and adept soloing.

The album starts off with a DICE epic, "From the Darkness of the Sun", which is all about black holes, and perhaps whatever societal ills might symbolically result from the burning out of your neighbourhood "sun". While it helps the group stretch out in parts, it seems to fall into the trap of sounding angry that is a pitfall of other space rock bands. The next long cut, "Feelings in Dreamland", is far superior, with some of Henry Zscelletschky's best synths and good riffing by Nove on rhythm guitar, and some hot licks from Jager. The largely spoken break is particularly noteworthy as Nove stays on tune. "Under Candlelight" is the "ballad", and is simply gorgeous, with a very ELOYish introduction, expressive vocals and a sparkling guitar backing. "Black Dreams" shows how the morose can be handled without lapsing into hopelessness, and grafts 1980s new wave creatively onto the DICE DNA. "I Wanna Know" leaves the prog elements in the background in favour of a simplistic chorus, but it never sounds like that is the primary goal of Nove, which allows him to pull it off.

Among the albums shorter cuts we have two excellent offerings - "Train to Coma", like a "Trans Europe Express" for the dreamer, and the Andy Latimer tribute "Camels in Space", with its fluid lead guitar solos over spacey keys. "Other Candles" uses gently plucked guitars in the foreground, and the closer "Midnight Tango" has an almost raga like feel, within the parameters of space rock of course. The longest of these, "Five Minutes with Geli King", has some fine jams but also a little too much disturbing laughter.

While one could argue that DICE would have been lost in the pack had they been releasing in the 1970s, in the year 2000 they stood out for clinging to basic prog principles while crafting melodies that are the stuff of dreams.

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