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3.28 | 19 ratings | 2 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro (2:42)
2. Secret Garden (5:27)
3. Moon in the Daylight (4:57)
4. Into the Unknown (6:31)
5. Ichochromata (5:45)
6. Panorama (3:04)
7. Oneira (3:53)
8. Handmade (4:57)
9. Running Away (5:39)
10. Sea Dreams (6:06)

Total time 49:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Filippos Gougoumis / guitars, bass
- Gianpaolo Begnoni / keyboards

- Oliver Philipps / vocals, co-producer
- guest singer (?) / vocals
- Erik Spedicato / drums

Releases information

CD Musea Parallele ‎- MP3230 (2011, France)

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THE ONEIRA Natural Prestige ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars For Filippos Gougoumis and The Oneira it all started, when the Greek-born guitarist and composer moved to Italy for studying medicine.Located in Verona and after graduating from university he started composing original material, inspired by his child heroes Rush and Journey.Upon his meeting with drummer Erik Spedicato (who had studied next to legendary Italian drummer Tullio De Piscopo) and keyboardist Giampaolo Begnoni he decided to form this trio, named after the Greek word for ''dreams''.The Oneira debuted in 2010 with the album ''Natural prestige'' on Musea Parallele.

Gougoumis' influences are fairly indicating the style of the album.Somewhere between Neo Prog, Power Rock and melodic Rock, The Oneira try to find peace and come up with an accesible album, which still holds enough interest from a progressive or technical point of view.But it'a all about solid and efficient songwriting here and Gougoumis has made a pretty nice job on coming up with striking melodies, powerful guitar solos, bombastic tunes and even some virtuosic instrumental deliveries.''Natural prestige'' is characterized by an emphatic pomposity, a tight approach on song structures and the numerous breaks from powerful musicianship to more sensitive, melodious textures.RUSH (blistering guitar rhythms and epic atmospheres) and JOURNEY (smooth piano lines, pompous keyboards, clean voices) are certainly a guiding light for this album, which also draws some influences from the flashy instrumentals of British Neo Prog or the mellow and lighter side of CAMEL.Well-crafted material all the way with rockin' parts, alternating work on keyboards and piano and, surprisingly, extended instrumental parts, while Gougoumis' voice, when present, is absolutely decent.At the very end they remind me a lot of compatriots CANADA with a less AOR-tinged approach, where the music surfaces from its rich and energetic background to offer memorable and dynamic compositions.

Dreams are made to become true at some point and Gougoumis' made so with The Oneira's debut.Energetic, passionate and melodic quasi-Prog Rock with emphasis on convincing songwriting and accesible instrumental textures.Recommended.

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3 stars The debut album from this multi national band. The Oneira has their basis in modern art rock. Their music is a bit difficult to pinpoint, but Tears For Fears second album is a good starting point. Art rock, but not quite progressive rock. The instrumentation is a mix of heavy guitars, funky ... (read more)

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